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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Dog working group starts meeting Tuesday

Dog advocates in Steamboat Springs will gather in Citizens Hall Tuesday night to start sniffing out some possibilities to make the city more dog friendly.

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Bow hunters rescued from cliffs on Mount Werner

Two rescuers with headlamps rappelled down the cliffs in the dark to get to the bow hunters and hoist them down to safety.

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City on final approach with airport manager hiring

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said Tuesday the city plans to interview four finalists for the job next week.

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Main Street touts accomplishments in state of the street address

Popovich said as of July, 15 new businesses had opened, and seven had closed downtown.

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City calls in help to boost Yampa River flow

In announcing the water releases, the city noted that below average summer rainfall has kept Yampa River flows slower.

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Steamboat Springs City Council orders property owner to produce maintenance plan for historic barn

Historic preservationists are calling on the Steamboat Springs City Council to hold a property owner’s feet to the fire to help save a historic barn that is being neglected near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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2nd downtown Steamboat Springs bar faces penalties for serving after hours this summer

Police officers on July 10 found bar patrons at The Pit on Fifth BBQ drinking alcohol after 2:33 a.m., according to a police report.

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City Council bucks developers' Iron Horse spending proposal

The council felt many of the items in the developers’ proposal were deferred maintenance items the developer should pay for, not public improvements that would benefit the community.

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City Council discusses potential impact of large housing proposal in west Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday expressed concern about the impact a major development proposal for up to 1,600 new housing units on the west end of town would have on a city staff that is already struggling to keep up with the developments they already have on their plate.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members surprised, angered, stumped by request for emails

As more cities across Colorado and the nation put the email communications of their elected officials online for the public to review for free, city council members in Steamboat Springs are still communicating online with each other in a manner that concerns government transparency advocates.

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Dogs play in Rita Valentine Park on Monday evening.

Runner Michael Fisher is framed by a patch of trees that are beginning to sport fall colors near Rita Valentine Park on Monday.

Rabbit Ears Peak is framed by wildflowers Thursday. Though some foliage has shown signs of changing color as fall approaches, wildflowers still remain vibrant near Dumont Lake.

The Silver Creek Fire burns up in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness about four miles southeast of Stagecoach Reservoir on Monday afternoon. The fire was reportedly caused by a lightning strike on Saturday.

Horses graze in a field off Routt County Road 16 as a wildfire burns on a ridge in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area. Firefighters are monitoring the fire and plan to fight it if it leaves the wilderness.

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