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Scott Franz

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Homeowners on Buena Vista Court given 47 days to try and solve parking, snow removal woes

Renters living in illegal secondary units on Buena Vista Court will have some more time to stay in their homes while their landlords try to solve some contentious parking and snow-removal problems that have been causing headaches on the cul-de-sac.

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Steamboat Springs city manager addresses snow removal complaints

Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter is attributing a flurry of snow-removal complaints in the city to the combination of frequent, heavy snowfall and small private contractors not following plowing rules.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members weigh in on city’s controversial new PR practice

Steamboat Springs City Council members have different reactions to the news that the city’s public relations manager is manufacturing quotes for officials in city press releases.

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Some fear potential tax overload as community groups eye 2017 ballot initiatives in Steamboat Springs

With as many as six or seven local tax initiatives headed for the ballot in 2017, some community groups are starting to take steps they hope will prevent a case of tax heartburn in the electorate that dooms them all.

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Rita Valentine Park improvements get high-profile endorsement

On more than one occasion, Don Valentine has had to make a trek to a public meeting to defend the park that is named after his late wife. But last week, Valentine found himself praising the latest idea for the park.

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Excessive celebration flag thrown on Lincoln Avenue: The Record for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

9:44 p.m. Officers were called to a report of some Green Bay Packers fans who may have been celebrating their team's victory too much in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Steamboat Springs City Council president uncomfortable with new PR position manufacturing 'quotes' for city officials

Even Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill eventually admitted his “quote” in a recent press release from City Hall didn’t sound like Walter Magill.

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Still no deal on Arnold Barn, but negotiations continue

The Arnold Barn will have to hold on through a few more snow storms before its future becomes clear.

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Potential Howelsen Hill suitors emerge

The city of Steamboat Springs' search for a new operator of Howelsen Hill has produced four potential bidders.

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Tony Connell stepping down from Steamboat Springs City Council

Citing work demands and his desire to spend more time with his family, Steamboat Springs City Councilman Tony Connell plans to step down from the council next month.

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Steamboat Springs City Council weighs in on proposal to buy Yampa Street lot for future bridge

The Steamboat Springs City Council does not appear to be willing to buy another piece of property on Yampa Street that some community members have eyed as another riverside park with a new pedestrian bridge.

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Dog group eyes third off-leash park in Steamboat Springs

But before the new off-leash area at Whistler Park goes beyond the conceptual phase, the city wants to hear from residents about the idea.

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Cycling advocates push back on summer visitor survey showing decline in summer biking tourism

Some city leaders recently pointed to the results of the survey as evidence the city might want to invest more of its lodging tax dollars in flatter, more accessible trails instead.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss possibility of investing in another Yampa Street property

The owner of 655 Yampa Street pitched the property to the city in the fall with a price tag of $1.3 million.

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Future of Rita Valentine Park back on Parks and Rec agenda

A community group that wants to improve local parks for canines will seek public input Wednesday evening on a proposal to add new dog-related amenities to Rita Valentine Park.

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Used snowplow ordered by Steamboat Springs City Council is experiencing breakdowns

The Steamboat Springs City Council learned this week that its decision to buck a city staff recommendation and buy used snowplowing equipment instead of new vehicles has likely not come without some consequences.

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Steamboat Springs lays out Texas-sized welcome mat for MusicFest

Shiner Bock is on sale. Hundreds of kegs are headed to the ski area. And downtown businesses are staying open later on Thursday night.

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Snow sculptures returning to Winter Carnival

Community members and businesses will now be able to join area students in the snow sculpting competition.

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Judge's order spurs Steamboat Springs City Council to revisit approval of controversial apartments

A judge has taken issue with the Steamboat Springs City Council’s approval of a controversial downtown apartment project, saying the city’s elected officials did not follow city rules when they endorsed the development.

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New possible caretaker for neglected Arnold Barn emerges

Steamboat Ski Area has emerged as a possible caretaker of a historic barn that has been neglected for years near the Meadows Parking Lot.

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Steamboat Springs City Council scrutinizes airport hangar purchase proposal

“The city has a long history of jumping into business opportunities and then saying ‘maybe we shouldn’t have done that,'” Councilman Scott Ford said.

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City of Steamboat Springs shopping for new airport hangar

The city of Steamboat Springs wants to purchase a new hangar at Bob Adams Field to house planes that pass through the municipal airport.

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New coworking space in downtown Steamboat Springs caters to creatives, location-neutral workers

The Ski Locker in downtown Steamboat Springs isn’t your typical office space.

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Steamboat Springs city government highlights and lowlights of 2016

It’s been an eventful year for our city government. A new city manager was hired. Police station plans advanced. And the Steamboat Springs City Council called dibs.

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Steamboat Springs Transit to run more buses this weekend for New Year's Eve festivities

Steamboat Springs Transit will run more buses in the wee hours of Sunday morning to make sure revelers who are ringing in the new year make it home safe.

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Iron Horse Inn once again a source of controversy in Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs’ decision to give the new owners of the Iron Horse $267,000 for public access to the Yampa River isn’t sitting well with a former city councilwoman and some community members.

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Developers propose 7 month timeline for vetting potential annexation in west Steamboat Springs

Having secured a preliminary agreement with the Steamboat Springs City Council, the potential developers of new neighborhoods in west Steamboat plan to spend the coming months trying to overcome a series of hurdles as they work toward development and annexation applications.

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Sheraton timeshare proposal will modernize part of resort built in 1971

A plan to convert more than half the remaining hotel rooms at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort into updated timeshares recently earned approval, and some ringing endorsements, from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

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New Steamboat Springs business challenges you to break out of jail

With only five minutes until the authorities were due to pick up me and my band of outlaws and take us to a more secure facility in Aspen, it seemed as though we were doomed to a life behind bars.

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Newly-created downtown residential lots hit the market in Steamboat Springs

Vacant lots that were recently annexed into the city of Steamboat Springs are hitting the real estate market this week, offering buyers a rare opportunity to build new estate-sized homes in the downtown area.

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City bringing back free ski days at Howelsen Hill

Steamboat Springs’ smaller and more historic ski hill is letting skiers and riders make free turns all day Friday.

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Rx Task Force has plans to reapproach City Council about possible substance tax question in 2017

A community group that has been working to fight opioid addiction is hoping to find some new funding sources for their cause in the New Year.

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Steamboat Springs City Council doing more business behind closed doors

A Steamboat Today review of council executive session data going back to 2001 shows the current council is on pace to hold hold the highest percentage of meetings with executive sessions since a council that was seated in 2005.

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Freeze frame: Tips, inspiration for winter photography in Routt County

Somewhere between my third and fourth attempt to free my Nissan Xterra from a deep snow ditch along Routt County Road 14 last week, it sank in. Winter photography is tough.

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Summer visitor survey showing decline in biking numbers raises eyebrows at Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

As some community members call for more technical and difficult biking trails in Steamboat Springs, some elected officials are pointing to the data from a recent summer survey as a reason the city might want to instead invest more in flatter, more accessible trails.

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Steamboat Springs City Council approves 1st reading of animal code changes, endorses pigs as pets

Small pigs are one vote away from being accepted as pets in Steamboat Springs.

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City Council signs preliminary agreement with developers who want to build new neighborhoods in West Steamboat

Before the approval came, Council President Walter Magill appeared disappointed with how long it took the council to move forward with the proposal.

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Steamboat Springs City Council releases transcript of closed-door session after transparency concerns raised

A transcript of a closed-door meeting the Steamboat Springs City Council held last month gives the public insight into how the council privately came to decide to file a lawsuit against a developer and landowner over the neglect of a historic barn if the parties didn’t accept an ultimatum.

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Steamboat Springs will continue to lose its middle class if elected officials don't act on housing, committee warns

A steering committee that has spent several months studying housing shortages in Routt County and Steamboat Springs warned local elected officials on Tuesday that if action isn’t taken soon, the area is in danger of growing older and richer and losing more of its young professionals and middle class.

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Snowmobilers survive avalanche on Rabbit Ears as slide danger grows in backcountry

A group of snowmobilers on Rabbit Ears Pass discovered just how high the danger was Sunday.

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Revised west Steamboat housing proposal going to City Council Tuesday night

The developers have changed their proposal to a smaller phased annexation, a concept the city’s elected officials appear to favor over a larger annexation of the entire former Steamboat 700 parcel.

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Sheraton proposal would convert more than half of remaining hotel rooms into timeshares

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday will consider a proposal to convert more than half the remaining hotel rooms at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort into 112 timeshares.

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Group launches fundraising efforts for dog park improvements in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs dog owners who want better parks and amenities for their animals can now pitch in to help make those dreams a reality.

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Buena Vista homeowners appeal Steamboat Springs Planning Commission decision

A group of property owners on Buena Vista Court is appealing the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission’s decision not to legalize their secondary dwelling units.

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Downtown bar cited for allegedly over-serving patron

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is continuing to crack down on bars that it thinks are breaking the city’s alcohol rules by over-serving customers or handing out drinks beyond 2 a.m.

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Steamboat Springs City Council gives initial approval to marijuana code changes

The Steamboat Springs City Council is moving ahead with rule changes that would allow pot shops to stay open three hours later until 10 p.m.

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City, county close to ordering schematic designs for shared law enforcement facility

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the county that will dedicate $215,506 to the creation of the schematic designs for the facility.

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Pigs may fly under new animal code in Steamboat Springs

Proposed revisions to the city’s animal code would allow city residents to legally own domesticated pigs that are under 100 pounds for the first time.

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Arnold Barn's fate remains in limbo after Steamboat Springs City Council passes on relocation proposal

If the council had agreed to the plan, it would have offered the city a possible resolution to a lawsuit it filed last month against the landowner and developer who the city thinks should be on the hook for stabilizing the barn.

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Pot shops in Steamboat Springs could stay open later under proposed rule changes

The ordinance going before the city’s elected officials would allow all marijuana dispensaries to stay open until 10 p.m., three hours later than their current closing time.

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