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Scott Franz

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City to host community meeting to discuss dog rule options

With debates about the city’s level of leash law enforcement and dog friendliness starting to heat up this summer, the city has scheduled a community meeting for Aug. 16 in Citizens Hall to seek input on its dog rules.

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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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The Mighty Zirkel: Take a hike to the tallest peak in Routt County

The hardest part of summiting Mount Zirkel wasn’t the daring leap over a raging, ice-cold creek on the trek up Red Dirt Pass.

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Resident drops ethics complaint against Steamboat Springs City Council president

A Steamboat Springs resident who accused City Council President Walter Magill of corrupting and improperly influencing a variance hearing in January has dropped his code of ethics complaint against the elected official.

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Man dies in motorcycle crash west of Steamboat Springs

The man was driving the motorcycle with a female passenger when the motorcycle crashed and came to rest in a ditch.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Charlie MacArthur

He helped picked the city's new police chief and he helped build the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College. And those are just two of the many big things Charlie MacArthur has done in the community in recent years.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Geoff Petis

Downtown Steamboat residents who are sleeping more soundly these days (and not being awoken by street sweepers) can thank the city's bow tie-wearing lawyer. Geoff Petis, 35, has been in Steamboat for just two years, but he's already made quite the impact on our community.

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City Council members express interest in proposing additional taxes on marijuana, alcohol

The Steamboat Springs City Council in November could ask voters to consider putting an additional tax on the sales of alcohol, marijuana and possibly tobacco in the city as a way to boost substance abuse prevention and treatment in the Yampa Valley.

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Howelsen Hill negotiations back on track

Dozens of community members who packed the Steamboat Springs City Council chambers on Tuesday night because they were concerned about the future of Howelsen Hill left the building reassured by what they heard from their elected officials.

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Drivers urged to take detour around Highway 9 on Wednesday and Thursday

Crews will be installing a new wildlife overpass on the highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling.

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City Council approves several planning proposals

The Steamboat Springs City Council has signed off on a number of new real estate developments, including a 14-unit condominium project near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Winter Sports Club sounds alarm on Howelsen Hill negotiations

Negotiations between the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club over the future operations and maintenance of Howelsen Hill appear to be off to a rocky start.

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Steamboat Springs sales tax collections up almost 9 percent in May

A preliminary report from the city shows that after a flat month of collections in April, the city saw its tax revenue climb significantly in all areas of the city.

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Board of Realtors partners with emergency responders to distribute wildfire prevention tips

Thousands of property owners in Routt County are receiving information in their mailboxes this month that will help them improve the chances of their homes surviving a potential wildfire.

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Dog owners raise concerns about leash law enforcement as city considers upping fines

Some dog owners in Steamboat Springs are raising concerns about the increased level of leash law enforcement they are seeing in the city.

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Steamboat Springs City Council extends housing ordinance suspension for 4th time

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept city staff’s recommendation to extend the housing ordination suspension until August to give a steering committee that is studying the affordable housing issue time to come up with recommendations.

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City Council pivots back toward joint law enforcement facility

Sheriff’s deputies and police officers in Steamboat Springs are now closer than ever to the prospect of working together under the same roof.

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Going behind the scenes of Steamboat's big fireworks show

As Steamboat residents cheered on the parade and fired up their grills for the Fourth of July on Monday, I found myself on Emerald Mountain with a merry band of volunteers who spent hours wiring up explosives.

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New roundabout at Central Park Drive comes with new traffic pattern

A number of drivers in Steamboat Springs are still getting used to a new traffic pattern at Central Park Drive and breaking some rules.

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Fourth of July fireworks show to pack a punch

Tim Borden is predicting this year's Fourth of July fireworks show at Howelsen Hill will be bigger and better than ever.

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City working to collect thousands of dollars from serial parking offenders

The city of Steamboat Springs is working to collect parking fines from individuals who have multiple unpaid tickets, including one man who has racked up 23 parking citations in the city since January and owes $2,800.

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City Council rating in employee satisfaction survey remains low

A recent internal survey reveals employees at Steamboat Springs City Hall are collectively more satisfied with their jobs and work environment than they were last year.

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Fire enters Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

"We knew from the start that once it got established in the thick timber and the beetle kill, it would be a long term event," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said. "This is going to be something we as the Routt National Forest are going to be dealing with for quite some time."

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Weed whackers launch campaign against chemicals

Tired of seeing chemical herbicides being sprayed on noxious weeds along some of their favorite trails, two women have started a grassroots effort to remove the weeds by hand.

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City Council discusses Howelsen Hill agreement behind closed doors

Immediately after the executive session, the council announced, without taking any motion or having public discussion, it had selected councilwomen Heather Sloop and Robin Crossan to work with city staff to negotiate a potential new supplemental agreement with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club regarding the usage of Howelsen.

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The roundabout that almost wasn't: Emails shed more light on Central Park Drive snafu

The city's inability to secure the easements by April 4 ultimately led to a two-and-a-half week delay in the project and kept a cone zone in front of businesses after Memorial Day, frustrating some business owners.

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Go Alpine recognized as a Colorado company to watch

The employees at Go Alpine Taxi in Steamboat Springs never know what to expect when they answer the phone.

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Downtown business critical of execution of Yampa Street project

While the business owners remain excited about the improvements the project will bring, they are faulting the city for not doing enough to mitigate the impact of the work, which they say has significantly impacted their revenue.

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Fire chief to make call on fireworks show next week

Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Mel Stewart said Thursday the outlook for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show has looked favorable, but he's waiting to see what the weather does next week before making the final call on Wednesday.

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Parks and rec commission endorses new master plan for Bear River Park

The city's Parks and Community Services Department will propose the city fund design of the park improvements next year, with funding for the project's first phase coming in 2018.

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Schmiggity's plans to pay fines to avoid liquor license suspension

Schmiggity's was cited by the city for serving alcohol after hours and allowing patrons to drink outside in the spring.

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Outcry over City Council's free ticket decision leads to change in city policy

In its third revote of the year, the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night reversed its controversial decision to call dibs on free concert tickets and VIP concert passes.

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City Council tables Igloo replacement project

The city's aging Igloo child care facility will not be replaced with a new modular building this year.

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Steamboat Springs airport manager fired after short tenure

Emails obtained last week by the Steamboat Today through an open records request show some recent friction between the recently-fired manager and the city's public works director about airport oversight and operations.

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City Council to consider final approval of $775K project to replace child care center

The project would require the city spend $385,000 of its reserves.

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City secures permanent public river access near Iron Horse Inn

While it is now legal to be on the river in the area, the southern portion of the island will remain off limits to the public for some time.

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Residents say Steamboat Springs is at a crossroads with housing issue

Christina Uhl grew emotional Tuesday night as she told the Steamboat Springs City Council it needs to think more about the workers who are renting couches or who have left because they can't afford to live here.

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City's liquor license case against Schmiggity's proceeds

The owners of a downtown Steamboat Springs nightclub will learn sometime next month what penalties they will face for having two liquor license violations in the spring.

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Winter Sports Club does not want to change Howelsen Hill joint use agreement

Some City Council members are pushing to create a new joint use agreement that could offer the city more financial security and reduce its risk on such things as maintenance and operating costs at the ski complex.

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City Council members apologize for ticket decision

"We had a faux paux, and let's move on," Council President Walter Magill said after he apologized to his fellow council members for allowing the vote to transpire the way it did and cause angst.

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Steamboat night club faces possible fines, liquor license suspension

The city of Steamboat Springs could fine or temporarily yank a liquor license from a downtown dance bar because of two alleged alcohol violations that occurred at the venue in the spring.

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