Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and business reporter, photographer

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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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Residents fear one of Steamboat's historic barns nearing the end after years of neglect

Before it was boxed into a corner next to a busy parking lot, tagged with heart-shaped graffiti and littered with cans and an old shopping cart, the Arnold family's iconic metal-roofed barn was a prominent landmark in the Yampa Valley.

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Parks and rec commission to oversee competition for excess lodging tax revenue

If community interest in the unspent lodging tax revenue is as strong as it was three years ago, the parks and recreation commission will oversee quite the competition.

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Spring Creek dam in need of costly repairs or replacement

The city of Steamboat Springs will soon have to decide whether it wants to spend as much as $1 million to replace a dam and preserve a pond at one of its most idyllic parks.

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Bighorn sheep continue a comeback in Mount Zirkel Wilderness

At $6 per head, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep used to be the most valuable cut of wild game meat consumed by pioneers in Routt County in the late 1800s.

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Businesses adapt to life in construction zone

How are businesses on Yampa Street faring with the major construction project that has put fences, noisy equipment and dust in front of their storefronts? It really depends on who you ask.

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Going the extra mile: Several miles of new trail in the works in Steamboat Springs area

In a place where trail builders have imagined developing seamless trails all the way to Dinosaur National Monument, big dreams are starting to become reality.

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Yampa River cleanup day removes beers, flip flops, undies and a computer monitor from water

The volunteers who spent hours cleaning up the Yampa River after the busy Fourth of July weekend will likely never know how that computer monitor got into the water.

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Residents urge City Council to make Steamboat more dog friendly

Former city councilwoman Kathy Connell is one of the residents urging the city to create more dog parks and tweak its ordinances to make them friendlier to dog owners.

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City kicks off 2017 budget season banking on 3 percent gain in sales tax revenue

Council members got a preview of the 2017 budget Tuesday night.

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Geologists start new survey of Howelsen Hill

"This is a very complex little spot," city facilities manager Steve Hoots said Monday.

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An aerial photo of the Butterfly barn looks much different today than it did in 1960, when the barn stood out as a landmark in mostly empty fields near the base of Mount Werner.

The iconic barn that sits near the Meadows Parking lot was built by the Arnold Family in 1945. Today, the barn is not being maintained.

The iconic barn that sits near the Meadows Parking lot was built by the Arnold Family in 1945. Today, the barn is not being maintained.

Families enjoy one of the ponds fed by Spring Creek on Monday. The Upper Spring Creek Dam is more than a century old and is in need of costly repairs or replacement.

A herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep take in the views from the alpine tundra near the summit of Mount Zirkel. The herd in the area is thought to number more than 100 sheep following a reintroduction effort.

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