Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and health care reporter

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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Steamboat City Council questions downtown blight designation and delays urban renewal discussions

During one of its longest and liveliest meetings of the year, several council members questioned a recent designation of downtown as blighted along with the suggestion the area is in need of the tax tool to correct that.

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Trio of Steamboat Springs entrepreneurs wins at Breckenridge startup weekend

Lindsay Balgooyen and her brother, Dan, were hiking around Smith Rock in Oregon in May when they thought of their big business idea. Just weeks later, their new entrepreneurial endeavor would take the top prize at the Breckenridge Startup Weekend and spur a move from Steamboat Springs to new shared office space in Frisco.

After marathon of meetings, city prepares to give Steamboat City Council 1st look at 2015 budget

Staff on Sept. 2 will host a preliminary budget workshop with the council.

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Steamboat Springs School Board is skeptical of city's urban renewal plan

School board members see the plan as coming at the expense of their future tax funding.

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Blight designation in downtown Steamboat Springs may pave way for urban renewal projects

Poor pedestrian lighting, missing sidewalks and the presence of a flood zone are some of the things that have helped downtown Steamboat Springs join Colorado's long and growing list of blighted areas.

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Hala Gear in Steamboat Springs continues riding a big wave

In three years, Steamboat's Hala Gear has evolved from a modest garage and van operation into a growing fixture of Steamboat Springs' elite group of outdoor manufacturers.

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Freedom Conference speakers debate national privacy issues, impact of NSA leaks

Two conservative speakers participating in a debate about national privacy issues at the Steamboat Institute's annual Freedom Conference gave very different answers when asked whether they thought National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was a traitor or a patriot.

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Aerobatic flights coming to Steamboat's Wild West Air Fest

Denver-based pilot Don Nelson is bringing his Sukhoi SU-26, a supercharged Russian plane with 400 horsepower that was built in the mid 1980s specifically to win the World Aerobatics Championships.

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Downtown Steamboat Springs is designated as a national historic district

When Arianthe Stettner takes people on historic walking tours downtown, she enjoys taking them way back to a time when glass windows arrived by wagon and horses were way more popular than cars.

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Yampa Valley Tire Pros under new ownership

Longtime local business owners Bob and Bert Rundell have found a young and enthusiastic couple to take over their one-stop automobile shop in west Steamboat Springs.

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Sam Bolton prepares to dish up another pot of chili at the Chuck Wagon Chil Challenge in downtown Steamboat Springs. This year's event returns at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic moves under the new festive-style lights on Yampa Street on Monday evening. The city of Steamboat Springs will resume talks about using tax increment financing downtown Sept. 2 amid some concern from Routt County and Steamboat Springs School District officials.

A sidewalk on Oak Street in downtown Steamboat Springs suddenly ends near the street's intersection with 10th Street. Missing sidewalk segments and poor pedestrian lighting downtown are some of the things that helped the downtown corridor earn a blight designation from a consulting firm based in Centennial.

Hala Gear founder Peter Hall stands with an assortment of the stand-up paddleboards he has out in the market. The business has grown quickly during the past year.

Former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore talks about national privacy issues Friday during the Freedom Conference in Steamboat Springs.

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