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Scott Franz

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City Council wants more police station sites to consider

Police Chief Cory Christensen on Tuesday told the Steamboat Springs City Council he is worried about the working environment of his employees, adding that the city cannot wait many more years to build a new police headquarters.

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Community members could soon pitch proposals for excess lodging tax revenue

The Steamboat Springs CIty Council could soon invite the public to submit their ideas for how to best spend hundreds of thousands of excess lodging tax dollars to draw more visitors to town.

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Winter Sports Club to share its vision for future of Howelsen Hill

The Winter Sports Club on Tuesday night will meet with the City Council for a work session focused on the historic ski hill's future.

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City Council to discuss downtown sidewalk assessment plan

About 42 property owners in downtown Steamboat Springs who don't currently have complete or adequate sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses may want to tune into a Steamboat Sprigns City Council work session on Tuesday night.

Business brief: CrossFit to celebration renovation, new ownership

Steamboat CrossFit will host a grand-reopening party at its newly renovated Riverside Plaza location from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

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City ends 2015 with $1.2 million in excess sales tax revenue

Snowfall wasn't the only thing that increased in Steamboat Springs in December.

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Whistleblower bill clears initial hurdle in legislature

The initial approval came despite opposition from the Colorado Municipal League, which lobbies on behalf of Colorado's cities.

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Gary Suiter interested in becoming Steamboat Springs' next city manager

Steamboat's interim city manager said he is still performing due diligence before deciding to throw his hat into the ring.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members concerned about recent length, frequency of meetings

Since they were sworn in Nov. 10, the new council has met for 55 and a half hours through the course of 10 meetings in Citizens Hall.

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Snow sculptures won't be part of Winter Carnival

A decades-old Winter Carnival tradition has been removed from this year's carnival lineup because not enough high school students volunteered to carry the tradition forward.

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Steamboat Springs City Council weighs in on proposed changes to city snow plowing ops

City Street Superintendent said the city's reliance on sand trucks as the workhorse of the snow removal fleet has proven both inefficient and unsafe, in recent years.

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New police station option emerges in west Steamboat

Some Steamboat Springs City Council members now want to explore the possibility of constructing the new police station on the Yampa Valley Electric Association campus in west Steamboat.

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New committee will tackle housing issues in Routt County

Elected officials support new effort to address local issue

Business leaders, human resource managers, the head of the county's human services department and several other citizens filled Citizens Hall on Tuesday night to urge their elected officials in Routt County to quickly come up with a plan to address local housing issues.

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Housing policy, police station on council's Tuesday agenda

The Routt County commissioners and the Steamboat Springs City Council have a lot to talk about when they meet Tuesday for the first joint meeting in several months.

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City wants to implement new snow plowing system

When a veteran city sand truck driver almost went rolling down a steep embankment on Amethyst Drive last month while clearing snow from the road, David Van Winkle knew it was time to act.

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2016 Winter Carnival: Ed and June MacArthur are grand marshals for the 103rd annual parade

The grand marshals for the 103rd Winter Carnival parade have spent decades making sure their community and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club get better and better.

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Top Gear America's shoot in Steamboat was a homecoming for one of the show's hosts

Top Gear America's recent television shoot in Steamboat Springs will show a national television audience that it's easier to rope a steer from the saddle of a horse than the passenger seat of a Porsche 911 Turbo in a snowy rodeo arena.

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Steamboat Springs enjoying surge of television exposure this winter season

National television audiences and United Airline passengers have been seeing a lot of Steamboat Springs lately.

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Timing of new Emerald Park access still at the mercy of the railroad

City officials are still await a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to learn if they will be able to take a big step toward construction of a new, less troublesome access to Emerald Park.

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New winter tire legislation clears initial hurdle

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush's latest attempt to pass a bill aiming to make winter driving safer on Interstate 70 in the mountains is gaining traction at the statehouse.

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Colorado lawmakers will consider expanding whistleblower protections to local government employees

The bill from Representative Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, would give city, county and school district employees in Colorado the same whistleblower protections that state employees currently enjoy.

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CDOT reports new wildlife fencing mostly successful, but some smart deer are slipping past

State Transportation Commission Chairwoman Kathy Connell has an outside-of-the-box idea for how to solve a problem of deer tiptoeing over cattle guards to get around the miles of new wildlife fencing on Colorado Highway 9.

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Old Town Hot Springs taking steps to prepare for possible expansion project

According to the latest planning documents, an early phase of the project would create a new parking area where the tennis courts currently are.

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Sports Authority trying to avoid bankruptcy after missing debt payment

What a bankruptcy would mean for the retailer's Steamboat Springs location at Wildhorse Meadows is not yet clear.

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Excitement, and some concern, as city prepares to start making improvements on Yampa Street

Kier Delaney was impressed Friday as he looked over a large rendering of what Yampa Street will become after two years of construction to install millions of dollars worth of new infrastructure.

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City will offer free skiing at Howelsen Hill on some Sundays and during Winter Carnival

Skiing at the city's historic ski hill will be free during the Winter Carnival and on Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 13.

City now accepting resumes from city manager candidates

A recruitment brochure for Steamboat Springs' next city manager outlines the long list of issues and opportunities the city's top employee will need to tackle early in his or her career.

City Council appoints new members to golf committee

The Steamboat Springs City Council has decided to grow the size of the committee that oversees management of Haymaker Golf Course due to the high level of interest in the board.

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Local mom opens new drop-in child care center in Steamboat Springs

Itching to hit the slopes on that powder day? Need to clean your house without worrying about a screaming child? There's a new child care option in Steamboat Springs that gives local parents a break.

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City Council wants residents' ideas for future of Howelsen Hill

At a work session Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs City Council reaffirmed it wants Howelsen Hill to remain both a public ski hill and a training ground for winter athletes for years to come.

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City Council to talk future of Howelsen Hill at Tuesday work session

City Council to discuss future of historic hill at Tuesday work session

The future of Howelsen Hill has come into the spotlight in recent months as some city council members have fretted about the subsidy required to operate and maintain what many in the community call Steamboat's "crown jewel."

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18 community members vying for seats on city's golf committee

The applicants all think they can help improve the profitability of the course and bring more players to the greens.

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City hires new Howelsen Hill lift operators, aims to restore service

In an uprecedented situation, lift operations were scaled back last week because the city found itself without enough employees to run the full service.

CDOT announces new tech initiative aimed at making I-70 drive safer

As more and more vehicles come equipped with new sensors and built-in Internet connections, CDOT is hoping to utilize these tools to more quickly push road conditions and warnings about traffic hazards to drivers in a matter of seconds.

City Council will weigh next steps in quest to build new police station

Some Steamboat Springs City Council members have indicated they aren't ready to pull the plug completely on a shared facility, and they'd like to talk with Routt County commissioners next month to better understand their financial situation and the potential timing for a partnership.

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Investigator found evidence of hostile work environment, harassment and violations of city rules at Steamboat Springs Police Department

Investigator uncovers evidence of harassment, hazing at Steamboat PD

A new summary of Katherine Nuanes' investigation released Tuesday evening faults the city's former top cops on several fronts and claims several city policies were violated on their watch.

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CDOT reports new mountain toll lane performing well so far

"The good news is it seems to have really assisted thus far," State Transportation Commission chairwoman Kathy Connell said. "That huge clog problem we've had there seems to be flowing better."

New police investigation summary could be released as soon as Tuesday

Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen on Tuesday will present the Steamboat Springs City Council with a new, more detailed summary of the internal investigation that led to great turnover at the top of this city's government.

Steamboat Springs police investigating possible case of bullet traveling through bedroom wall

Officer John McCartin said police on Sunday found what appeared to be a bullet hole in a third floor bedroom at Eaglepointe Townhomes off Hilltop Parkway.

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City shares conceptual plans for Yampa Street improvements

After years of dreams, drawings and discussions, Steamboat Springs city officials are now rolling up their sleeves and preparing to launch the biggest downtown improvement project this city has seen in several years.

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Legal debate over planning document complicates annexation of subdivision near Old Town

A 3.21-acre parcel of land to the north of Old Town is another step closer to being annexed into the city of Steamboat Springs for future residential development.

Local man asks city to allow more wholesale marijuana businesses in Steamboat Springs

Pat Arnone hopes his patient persistence and frequent public comments at City Council meetings will soon earn him a chance to enter the Yampa Valley's lucrative marijuana industry.

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City sales tax revenue takes small dip in November

A preliminary report from the city shows tax revenue collected in November was just .52 percent shy of the revenue collected in the same month last year.

City Council kicks off city manager search

As the leaders of an executive search firm took detailed notes, council members spelled out the many qualities they'd like to see in the city's next top employee.

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City to talk downtown improvement plan Tuesday night

Council will discuss improvement plan Tuesday night

City staff will tell the Steamboat Springs City Council they plan to soon bring on a public relations consultant who will be tasked with outreach, marketing and management of the downtown improvement plan.

How snowy was December? City crews removed more than 1K truckloads of the white stuff

City crews removed more than 1K truckloads of the white stuff

A recent pause to the snowfall could end this week when snow returns to the forecast.

More backcountry skiers rescued Sunday in Fish Creek Canyon

The skiers, who were from out of town and not familiar with the area, called 911 around 5:40 p.m. after they became stuck above a cliff.

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City opens trails to fat bikes

The city of Steamboat Springs announced Thursday the trails are now sufficiently snow packed to accommodate fat bikes.

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Big decisions await Steamboat Springs City Council early in 2016

Construction of new facilities. Expansions of existing ones. The hiring of the city's next top employee. All of these items and more will be under consideration in Citizens Hall before the snow starts to melt.