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Scott Franz

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'Trip of a lifetime': Historic house on Yampa Street successfully moved to quieter spot

Brooke and Ryan Lightner were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary at a sushi restaurant on Yampa Street late Thursday night when they saw something surreal happening outside.

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Affordable housing project in west Steamboat clears another big hurdle

The Housing Authority and development partner Overland Property Group recently learned their 48-unit affordable housing project in west Steamboat will be backed by nearly $11 million in low income housing tax credits from the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.

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Major local road construction project delayed until next year

After receiving a single construction bid that was about 25 percent over the anticipated cost of the project, the city of Steamboat Springs has decided to hold off on the reconstruction of Central Park Drive until next year.

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Report details city manager's response to complaints about police department

As she listened to the city's only female police officer describe a lack of transparency, possible gender discrimination and overly-aggressive police officers at the Steamboat Springs Police Department, City Manager Deb Hinsvark sounded conflicted.

City may hire public information officer instead of deputy city manager

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Tuesday she has decided not to offer the deputy city manager job to the lone finalist who was brought to Steamboat last week from Florida to meet community members.

Interim police chief releases a report from police investigation

Interim Police Chief Jerry DeLong is reviewing other reports from the investigation to determine if they will be released.

Driving to the Front Range? Construction projects make planning ahead important

Delays on Colorado Highway 9 could reach up to 45 minutes because of the major highway improvement project there. Meanwhile, road work is also expected to create significant delays on U.S. Highway 40 on Berthoud Pass, which some drivers have been using as a detour.

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Police station committee finalizes recommendation

The Steamboat Springs City Council will weigh the committee's recommendation Aug. 4 and decide what to do next.

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Steamboat ski passes getting tech upgrade

The era of fumbling through jackets and layers to find and display that ski pass to a lift agent at the Steamboat Ski Area is over.

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City Council asks county commissioners to invest in downtown projects

The Routt County Board of County Commissioners isn't convinced yet it should pitch in for infrastructure improvements in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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School district, YVEA reach agreement on purchase of school site in west Steamboat

The school district is considering using the 70-acre Overlook property as a home for the new high school that would have capacity for more than 1,100 students.

City council members want more information from police investigation released

"It was too general," councilman Walter Magill said of the vague public summary of the investigation the city released on Thursday. "I think you can put out a much more thorough summary than the report that was released."

Parks and rec department proposes capital improvement plan

The CIP proposal from the department would continue to replace several aging playgrounds in the city, convert irrigation systems at city parks to use raw water, and improve snowmaking equipment at Howelsen Hill.

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Company hopes to bring pot and wine pairing dinner event to Steamboat

Philip Wolf thinks it's unfortunate so many people only associate cannabis with fast food and "the munchies."

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City Council denies Triple Crown request to use Emerald ballfields

Pamela Lane residents will not see any more traffic on their street next year from Triple Crown baseball and softball games.

Steamboat Springs City Council talks shared public safety facility with Routt County commissioners

Commissioners on Monday agreed that the county first needs to do a space needs analysis for the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the 911 Communications Center.

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City Council to vote on Triple Crown contract

The proposed contract would let Triple Crown use the ballfields at Emerald Park for the first time.

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Steamboat deputy police chief announces retirement 3 days after police chief resigns

Bob DelValle's retirement comes days after the resignation of Police Chief Joel Rae.

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Steamboat City Council incumbents consider re-election plans

Council President Pro-Tem Scott Myller and councilman Kenny Reisman are term limited and can't run for another four years on the dais.

YVMC selects general contractor for big expansion project

The hospital on Monday announced it has selected Haselden Construction as general contractor for the $14.5 million expansion and renovation project that is scheduled to begin this summer.

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Howelsen Hill repairs commence

Crews have set up shop on the saddle of Howelsen Hill to start the very technical job of getting the Barrows Chairlift up and running again.

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Committee weighs in on plan B for police station

The police station committee remains committed to its recommendation of a shared facility next to the Routt County Jail, but it was asked by the Steamboat Springs City Council to come up with an alternative for a standalone police station in the event the shared facility doesn't materialize.

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Floating fair

As tubing on the Yampa River grows more popular and impactful, City Council wants to consider more river regulations.

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New stores open in downtown Steamboat Springs as old favorites find new spaces to grow in

Here's a look at some of the latest downtown business developments.

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Steamboat City Council gets early look at 2016 budget projections

Expecting city revenues will continue to rise next year, the city of Steamboat Springs is currently working on a budget that would increase government expenditures by about $1.6 million in 2016.

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City presents plan for new riverfront park on Yampa Street

The park will replace a century-old homesite on the river and it will become a piece of a new promenade that is scheduled to be created on Yampa starting next year.

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Proposed contract would let Triple Crown use Emerald ballfields

Under the proposed terms of a new five year contract with Triple Crown, one field at Emerald would be used in 2016, two could be used in 2017 and three could be used from 2018-2020.

Steamboat City Council discloses some details about police investigation

The Steamboat Springs City Council disclosed some details about the police department investigation in a short press release Tuesday night immediately after the council met behind closed doors to discuss some of the initial findings of the probe.

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Steamboat City Council pulls trigger on downtown improvement plan

The financing package approved by council will construct millions of dollars worth of new sidewalks, public restrooms and other basic infrastructure downtown by the end of 2018.

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Medical Matrimony: Scott and Kristen Fahrner

Scott and Kristen Fahrner were looking at a map on their dining room table in Portland, Maine, several years ago when Colorado stood out. It didn’t take a stethoscope to hear its call.

Murder suspect makes 2nd court appearance

Court documents filed recently reveal that Cole J. Pollard, 21, allegedly left a suicide note in his vehicle after the alleged crime.

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Council to weigh downtown improvement plan Tuesday night

On Tuesday night, the council will weigh a plan to construct millions of dollars worth of sidewalks, public restrooms and other basic infrastructure in the next three years.

Man accused of making unwanted sexual advances sentenced to 35 days in jail

In a plea deal with the District Attorney's Office, Thomas Jedediah Collins plead guilty to first degree criminal trespass, a felony, and harassment.

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Steamboat City Council scheduled to discuss police investigation findings behind closed doors

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Thursday she has not yet made a decision about the future of Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle, who have been on paid administrative leave since March.

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Thrill seekers can sled down Howelsen ski jumps starting Sunday

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host a demonstration of the new ride at 1 p.m. Saturday during the ski jumping competitions at Howelsen.

Steamboat makes another appearance on a Top 10 list, this time for business-friendliness

In 2013, Steamboat Springs became Dog Town USA. In 2014, it was one of MarketWatch's 10 greatest mountain towns for retirees.

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.