Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and business reporter, photographer

Email: scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com Call: 970-871-4210

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Scott Franz is a reporter and photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He interned as a reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera and as a photographer at Rich Clarkson and Associates in Denver.
Scott grew up in Austin, Texas, and plans to enjoy all of the outdoor activities Steamboat has to offer … and all of the days that don’t reach 100 degrees.

Recent Stories

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Firefighters fully contain wildfire in North Routt

At the height of firefighting efforts, 35 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the North Routt Fire Protection District were battling the wildfire.

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Some city council members want to consider using police station cash on downtown projects

When the Steamboat Springs City Council sits down July 7 to decide how it should fund millions of dollars worth of proposed downtown infrastructure improvements, it will have several options to choose from.

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College grad more than halfway done with scooter ride from Colorado to Alaska

On May 12, Robert Shearon was in Steamboat Springs talking to students about overcoming addictions to drugs and alcohol. Today, he is getting close to completing his goal of driving his 49 cc Honda Ruckus scooter 4,600 miles from Colorado to Anchorage, Alaska.

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Perlman named president, COO of Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rob Perlman has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. effective July 1.

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New studies gauge impact of tourism in Colorado

A statewide study from Dean Runyan Associates claims overnight visitors to Routt County spent $342 million on their lodging, food and other travel-related items last year.

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Steamboat's Kathy Connell appointed chair of Colorado Transportation Commission

Connell, who refers to herself as "chatty Kathy" and a regular "Joette," clearly has enjoyed her time on the commission and feels she has been an effective representative of Northwest Colorado.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center adding new cancer center, outpatient pavilion

Yampa Valley Medical Center's biggest expansion project in years is poised to benefit many of the hospital's patients and the doctors who treat them.

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Despite potential complications ahead, police station committee reaffirms shared facility is top choice

The committee that is helping the city of Steamboat Springs build a new police station knows it probably won't be a cake walk to construct a building in west Steamboat that would be shared by the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

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Community weighs in on affordable housing rules in survey

Most Steamboat Springs residents support the city requiring developers to provide affordable housing units or pay a fee to support their creation, according to the results of a recent community survey.

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Central Park Drive reconstruction to start soon

When the major construction project is finished, Central Park Drive will have new bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and a roundabout where the road runs between Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads. The road will also be realigned, and traffic will be reduced to one lane on the new road.

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Routt County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Stewart Curcio, left, Coroner Rob Ryg, middle, and Sheriff Garrett Wiggins, right, talk to people at the scene of a suspected homicide in North Routt County on Monday night.

Steamboat Today reporter Matt Stensland, left, and designers Veronika Khanisenko, center, and Mack Maschmeier worked hard to bring the people of Steamboat Springs and beyond a book containing several years worth of the city's best police blotter entries. It goes on sale July 3.

Shoppers stroll through downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Lake State Park is home to many bluebirds. The park will have fourteen nestboxes for next year's bluebird nesting season.

Tim McConnell, top, and Jesse Draper perform maintenance on the Wildhorse Meadows Gondola on Wednesday afternoon.

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