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Steamboat Springs City Council agrees to Arnold Barn preservation deal

The Arnold Barn is a big step closer to getting a sturdier frame.

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City of Steamboat Springs names new public works director

“You really can’t find a better guy,” former city water superintendent Joe Zimmerman said of Jon Snyder, who has worked for the city since 2005. “He’s smart. He’s a quick learner for what he does have to learn. He works well with people and other employees. I’m sure he’ll do great.”

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Need local eggs or beef in a jiffy? Online marketplace now offers same-day pickup

The Community Agriculture Alliance is making it even easier to purchase produce, meats, eggs and baked goods that are made right here in Northwest Colorado.

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Sunglasses, wallets and skis lost in town: The Record for Sunday, March 19, 2017

11:09 a.m. Officers were called to a report of an unattended dog in a car at Soda Creek Elementary School. Officers took no action.

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Beefed up parking enforcement results in more tickets, fines in Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs has made good on a recent promise to step up enforcement of its parking regulations.

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$29M building permit issued for Sheraton Steamboat Resort remodel

The city of Steamboat Springs will get a big chunk of change from a major renovation project scheduled to begin next month at Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

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New businesses popping up around Steamboat Springs

For the first time since before the Great Recession, retail spaces in downtown Steamboat Springs are almost at capacity.

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Public hearings on large downtown development delayed by a month

City planners and the RiverView project applicants are still trying to come to an agreement on the path a public trail will take through the 4.5-acre property, which sits along the Yampa River behind Natural Grocers.

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Steamboat low on Champagne Powder, high on vitamin D

It took only a few hours Saturday for the Yee-Haw Hill at Saddleback Ranch to turn from a great snow tubing hill into a water park.

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City Council to vote on Arnold Barn deal Tuesday

While a new caretaker and a sturdier frame are in sight for the neglected barn, there are still a couple of hurdles that might delay work on the structure.

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Routt County ranchers deliver hay to Kansas ranchers devastated by wildfires

Hayden trucker Donnie Hayes says he knows what hell looks like following a trip he took this week to deliver hay to ranches ravaged by wildfires in southern Kansas.

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Police chief, sheriff to share a wall in new law enforcement facility

The city of Steamboat Springs’ long and bumpy quest to build a new police station is finally nearing the finish line after half a decade of planning.

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Steamboat Ski Area price hikes sting seniors

The price a senior will pay for a 2017-2018 season pass represents a 40 percent, or $200, increase from last ski season’s $499 price tag.

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After 70 years of downtown parking debates and studies, Steamboat residents sound off on social media

A Steamboat Springs City Councilman’s recent pitch for cheaper downtown parking solutions across the Yampa River is being met on social media with calls for bigger, bolder and more expensive solutions.

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State lawmakers want to raise sales tax to pay for transportation needs

Northwest Colorado’s two state legislators have often found themselves on opposite ends of the highway on transportation bills.

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City, county unveil latest plans for shared law enforcement facility in west Steamboat Springs

A flurry of recent progress on planning for a shared law enforcement facility in Steamboat Springs has one of the city’s elected officials saying ‘hot-diggity-dog.’

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Steamboat Ski Area interested in taking over Howelsen Hill operations

City officials made the announcement late Tuesday night and said they would be reviewing the bid in the coming days.

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Public hearings starting soon on large RiverView proposal in downtown Steamboat Springs

A riverside plaza, fishing access and a 12-foot-wide multi-modal trail are among the public amenities that are proposed to be included in the development of the long-dormant RiverView parcel in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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CDOT survey reveals 'disturbing' driving habits

The Colorado Department of Transportation is not encouraged by some of the results of a recent survey that had drivers candidly discuss their driving habits.

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Vandals ordered to pay more than $100K for damaging trailhead near Steamboat Springs

Two men who vandalized the Ridge Trailhead on Emerald Mountain found out Friday that their crime really didn’t pay.

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Meet the Bullwinkles: With moose thriving in Steamboat, here's some history and safety tips

Moose used to be mysterious animals that never hung out in Northwest Colorado. Now they frequent our grocery stores, lounge at our hotels and crash our aprés ski spots. This week, we celebrate the history of our local moose population and ask wildlife officials what’s in store for its future.

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Buena Vista Court homeowners report progress

Homeowners on Buena Vista Court are reporting progress ahead of a hearing that will decide the fate of several illegal secondary units on the cul-de-sac.

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Steamboat Springs CIty Council president eyes cheaper parking solutions for downtown

Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill thinks the city’s rodeo grounds could play an important role in solving downtown parking woes.

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Steamboat Springs needs to triple investment in local roads to maintain good condition, study suggests

The $50,000 study utilized high-tech trucks armed with lasers and cameras to check on the quality of all of the city’s streets.

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Steamboat Ski Area coming to Arnold Barn's rescue

On Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council gave an initial nod to a proposal that would result in the 89-year-old barn being stabilized and gifted to Steamboat Ski Area.

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Need a seasonal summer job? Friday job fair in Steamboat will feature nationwide opportunities that come with a view

A summer job fair hosted by Steamboat Springs Transit on Friday will offer local job seekers the chance to apply for several summer positions that come with a view.

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Arches National Park in Utah to see major construction

Steamboat Springs residents who are part of the annual spring migration to Moab will want to pencil in some extra time, and patience, if they plan on visiting one of the area’s most popular national parks.

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Saturday was busiest day in Steamboat Springs Transit's history

If you hopped or squeezed into a Steamboat Springs Transit bus on Saturday, you helped make history.

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More beers, bikes and bulls headed to Steamboat Springs' summer lineup

A new beer and wine festival, a high school mountain bike race and a freestyle bullfighting competition at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena are among the new events that are poised to land in Steamboat Springs in the coming months.

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Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation commission endorses e-bike proposal

The commission voted Wednesday to recommend that the city start a yearlong pilot program allowing two types of e-bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail.

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Steamboat Springs City Council considers lifting moratorium on public art

If the Steamboat Springs City Council’s recent discussion about revising a public art policy was a painting, it would have been a very splattered Jackson Pollock, not a neat, easy to understand Winslow Homer.

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Watts next? Proposal would allow e-bikes on Yampa River Core Trail

The city is considering allowing e-bikes, which give riders an assist via an electric motor, on the Yampa River Core Trail as a pilot program this summer.

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New Spring Creek Trail proposed for mountain bikers

The downhill-only trail could run from the Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass to the Spring Creek ponds.

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Outdoor Retailer trade show bailing on Utah after disagreement over public lands

Outdoor recreation business leaders are putting their money where their mouths are by taking their biggest trade show out of the state that has hosted it for 20 years following a political feud.

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Scott Franz: On patrol with Steamboat Springs Police Department

I didn’t get to help lure a duck to safety out of a quickly-freezing pond, or witness any dramatic chases and arrests that you see so often on "COPS." But my mostly uneventful ride-along with the Steamboat Springs Police Department last month still furthered my appreciation, and fascination, of the work our police do every day.

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West Steamboat housing proposal evokes strong reactions

Young professionals in Steamboat Springs are emerging as the most vocal supporters of a housing proposal that would add 450 units, including some for workers with lower incomes, to the west side of the city in the coming years.

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Lisel Petis appointed to Steamboat Springs City Council

Young professionals in Steamboat Springs have a new voice on the City Council.

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Steamboat Springs City Council not ready to endorse latest water proposal for housing development

The Steamboat Springs City Council thinks a developer’s latest water proposal for new neighborhoods on the west side of town still is too risky for the community and its taxpayers. But the council is resolved to trying to keep the housing proposal afloat in the coming weeks through some negotiations.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to revisit water proposal for new west end neighborhoods

The Steamboat Springs City Council and a developer interested in building new neighborhoods in west Steamboat will see if they can tread the water issue together on Tuesday night.

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Hooligans deface historic landmark in downtown Steamboat Springs

Greg Kohler said it’s tough driving into downtown Steamboat Springs after dark this month and seeing the beloved neon rabbit in front of his business still suffering from a broken face.

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Battle over controversial Steamboat Springs apartment project heads back to courts

A battle concerning the future of the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs continued in Citizens Hall on Tuesday night as City Council members faced more opposition about its decision to approve a controversial apartment project.

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9 Steamboat Springs residents apply for seat on city council

Tony Connell’s seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council is now one of the hottest tickets in town.

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All That looking for new home in Steamboat Springs

The “for lease” signs on the windows of All That in downtown Steamboat Springs are not signs the 40-year-old business is closing anytime soon.

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Transportation commissioner raises concerns about new state-funded bus service for I-70 ski areas

Northwest Colorado’s representative on the State Transportation Commission thinks a new state-funded bus service catered mostly to skiers traveling to ski resorts along Interstate 70 leaves Colorado’s more isolated resort destinations out in the cold.

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Steamboat Springs city planners not endorsing new Burgess Creek Road condo proposal

The city's planning commission will weigh in on the revised concept for the condos Feb. 9.

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Winter Carnival 2017: Snow sculptures make a comeback

The snow sculptures caused quite a stir when they were abruptly pulled from the 2016 Winter Carnival lineup after there weren’t enough high school students interested in participating that year.

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New backcountry guiding business opens in Steamboat Springs

A new Steamboat Springs business is letting skiers and riders skip the lift lines and learn how to safely make turns in the less-traveled backcountry.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members hoping more residents will apply for open council seat

Only two residents have applied to replace Steamboat Springs City Councilman Tony Connell ahead of next week’s application deadline. The city’s elected officials are hoping more will step forward in the next few days for a chance to serve.

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Monster Steamboat Springs City Council agenda clocks in at 908 pages. Here are the 'CliffsNotes':

If you have a weekend ritual of cozying up with a good Steamboat Springs City Council agenda, it might be a good idea to start that ritual a little earlier this weekend. Make that a lot earlier.

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