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Scott Franz

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CDOT: I-70 saw fewer accidents, delays this winter

The number of fatal and injury accidents was down 35 percent, while the number of weather-related crashes fell 46 percent, according to the data.

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New stop signs installed at two busy intersections

City crews on Tuesday installed the new signs at the intersections of Whistler and Walton Creek roads and the eastbound U.S. 40 exit ramp and Mount Werner Road.

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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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Public's confidence in Steamboat Springs City Council is tepid, according to community survey

The results of Steamboat's first community survey in a decade reveal the community's opinion of a wide range of city services and policies.

Steamboat City Council won't pay bill from school board over base area URA

According to the school district, tax increment financing started causing financial harm to the district in 2010, when a state funding shortfall meant the state would no longer be able to backfill funding for districts where taxes have been diverted for an urban renewal authority.

Steamboat City Council approves new pay plan for city employees

The plan, which includes increases to both the salaries and benefits of city employees, will cost about $750,000 to implement next year.

Kidnapping suspect's brother arrested on suspicion of intimidating grand jury witness

Thomas Doolin, 49, allegedly called a witness who testified against his brother, Monty Dean Doolin, and told the witness he would "put a bullet in her head" if she contacted anyone in the Doolin family.

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Steamboat City Council rejects downtown URA

Now, the council is racing to find another way to pay for a long list of downtown improvements that includes new sidewalks and a promenade on Yampa Street.

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After years of discussions, council set to vote on downtown URA

City Council President Bart Kounovsky said he expects some new changes to the state's urban renewal laws will make the council pause before it considers how to fund the downtown improvements.

Bond for kidnapping suspect set at $500K as authorities investigate threat against grand jury witness

A court document filed Monday by the Routt County District Attorney's Office claims that after Doolin was arrested, one of his family members called a witness and threatened to "put a bullet in her head" if she contacted a member of the Doolin family.

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City has plan to start fixing Howelsen Hill after landslide

It's going to take a lot of money and some big construction equipment to begin fixing the city's historic and beloved ski hill in the wake of a spring landslide.

Monty Dean Doolin booked into the Routt County Jail on 1st degree kidnapping charge

Doolin was arrested last week in Alaska after a grand jury for the 14th judicial district indicted him on 1st degree kidnapping, a class one felony.

Steamboat school resource officer reassigned after police department gets a complaint from a parent

Officer Kristin Bantle, who has served as the resource officer in the schools for about a year and a half, was told Monday she would no longer serve as the school resource officer.

Suspect in Marie Blee cold case arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a different Routt County teenager more than 30 years ago

An indictment from a grand jury alleges that Doolin in the summer of 1978 or 1979 enticed a female teenager to ride with him in his vehicle from Elk Head Reservoir toward Hayden.

Investigator done with interviews for Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation

City staff expects to get the findings of the investigation by the end of the month.

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Routt County commissioners have strong words for city about URA plan

During a brief meeting with city staff on Tuesday about the urban renewal plan, Routt County commissioners offered some of their sharpest criticism to date of tax increment financing by labeling the funding mechanism "crony capitalism" and a "scam."

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Petition launched to give residents control over city's urban renewal decisions

If the council moves ahead with the urban renewal plan next week, the potential November ballot measure would not affect it because the plan area would have taken effect prior to an amendment of the city charter.

Use of Emerald Park fields to be discussed at two public meetings this week

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will take up the topic on Wednesday night when it considers whether to clarify the nearly 20-year-old ordinance that governs what kinds of activities are allowed at the park.

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Lengthy Alpine slide closure means loss of revenue for city, Winter Sports Club

The attraction generated $564,000 in gross revenue last year and gave the club a net income of nearly $100,000 after taxes, according to data provided by the Winter Sports Club.

City workers find way to quiet down early-morning street sweeping

Attorney Geoff Petis is sleeping better in downtown Steamboat Springs these days thanks to some recent efforts from the city's public works department.

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Steamboat City Council, Routt County Commissioners could talk shared facility next month

The council also wants the citizens committee that is advocating for the shared facility to keep meeting and identify a plan B for a standalone police station.

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Two busy intersections in Steamboat getting additional stop signs

The city's public works department evaluated the traffic counts and accident data at the intersections and determined the stop signs would make them safer and ease wait times at the existing stop signs.

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Steamboat City Council approves additional marketing dollars for USA Pro Challenge

The council on Tuesday approved an additional $12,000 for marketing of the USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat with the caveat that the donation will only be made if a local match is made.

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Land continues to slide on Howelsen as rain delays repairs

City Manager Deb Hinsvark on Tuesday told the city council it will cost more than $200,000 to reposition a lift tower that was moved by the landslide.

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Local cycling group takes to social media to find culprit behind tree carving

Routt County Riders recently posted to Facebook a picture of a large heart and "DV+BS" that were recently carved on a large tree along the Hot Springs Trail.

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Man arrested on suspicion of arson after apartment fire on Yampa Street

After everyone made it out of the apartment safely on Wednesday morning, officers arrested John Glenn Widmer, 34, on suspicion of fourth degree arson and reckless endangerment.

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Steamboat City Council keeps June 16 URA hearing on schedule despite new law

Council members Scott Ford and Sonja Macys wanted to postpone the June 16 hearing and possible URA vote to give the council more time to learn about the implications of significant urban renewal reforms that Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Friday.

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Steamboat City Council tables discussion about Triple Crown's future at Emerald Park

The Steamboat Springs City Council needs some extra innings to decide whether or not Triple Crown will be allowed to play ball at Emerald Park in the future.

City Council to discuss prospect of shared public safety facility Tuesday night

The city's police station committee has asked an architect to work on a conceptual design for a shared public safety building in west Steamboat.

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Governor signs URA reform bill

After Jan. 1, any new urban renewal authority will be required to have representation on its board from an elected school board member, a board member of a special taxing district, and a board member appointed by the county commissioners.

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As more tubers are shuttled to Yampa River, some parks and rec commissioners eye new regulations

Craig Robinson, the city's parks, open space and trails manager, told the commission on Wednesday night that some property management companies are shuttling tubers to the river in places where the city discourages tubing, such as Rotary Park.

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City manager wants public to have summary of police investigation

As of last week, $18,000 has been spent for the investigation, and $12,000 for the services of the interim chief.

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Elected officials start to weigh in on idea of shared public safety facility

Several elected officials in Routt County are open to the idea of building a combined public safety facility in west Steamboat, but some are stressing the devil is in the detail and others want to keep all options on the table.

Local Humane Society to celebrate milestones at open house on Saturday

When it welcomes community members to the public open house, the Humane Society will get to show off the animal shelter it recently assumed management of.

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Ciao Gelato opening in new Lincoln Avenue location on Friday

A quick glance at Ciao Gelato's Facebook page this week reveals just how excited Steamboat Springs residents and visitors are to see the local eatery and hangout back in business.

Steamboat City Council to talk Emerald Park history, field usage on Tuesday

The discussion comes as the city negotiates a new five-year contract with Triple Crown that could allow the games at Emerald for the first time.

City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

A series of one-on-one meetings between Steamboat Springs City Council members and the head of the city's parks and community services department were cancelled last week after two council members expressed concern the meetings could violate open meetings laws.

City council satisfied with city manager's work performance

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark continues to have the support of five of her seven bosses.

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Steamboat City Council moves to restore winter bus service

However, the city's bus lines that are the least utilized during the year, including the yellow and purple lines, could continue to see some tweaks or cuts.

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Local Scout places bronze markers at veterans' graves in Steamboat Springs Cemetery

In the past, when the American flags were removed from James Albert Chew’s grave after Memorial Day ceremonies, all of the visible reminders of the man’s military service disappeared from the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Deadline to return Steamboat community survey is Friday

As of Friday, the city had received back more than 1,000 of the 3,000 surveys it sent out to random households in the city and the county.