"It was actually very encouraging," Public Works Director Chuck Anderson told the Steamboat Springs City Council about his test drive with license plate reading technology that would aim to improve parking enforcement downtown and turn over more spaces for people who want to shop and eat there.
By changing the light configuration and geometry of the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the city of Steamboat Springs are aiming to prevent tragedies like the death of Robert "Bob" Bear.
City officials, local trash haulers and representatives from Colorado Parks and Wildlife think the new rules will go a long way to help prevent encounters and problems with black bears.
Critics of the new service got the attention of the City Council, which broke its norm of not responding to public comment by asking its city manager what was going to be done about it.
City reporter Scott Franz will provide live news updates from tonight's Steamboat Springs CIty Council meeting. A strengthening of the city's trash rules to prevent problems with wildlife headlines the agenda.
Tougher trash ordinance from city would require more Steamboat residents to buy wildlife-proof containers
The city's proposed ordinance would require all residents to use an approved wildlife-resistant trash container outdoors regardless of what time they put out their trash to be collected.
The hospital's decision leaves the city without one of the Steamboat Springs City Council's top three potential building sites for the station and will delay the council's consideration of building locations until at least January.
The service provided from RouteMatch also allows bus riders to use their computers and smartphones and an app called RouteShout to find the bus stops closest to them and see when buses are set to arrive.
Under the new arrangement, the Humane Society plans to expand services like behavioral training for animals, add new staff and stay open the additional hours.
The danger of the lighting system was on display recently when a dog was shocked by a metal grate below one of the trees due to the current from the tree lights.
From the base of Hahn's Peak to the bars in the neighborhood of Coors Field in Denver, more and more people in Colorado are now able to grab a cold pint of Butcherknife beer and learn about an up and coming brewery in Steamboat Springs.
Kathy Connell, who represents Northwest Colorado on the state highway commission, hailed the tunnel improvements as a huge accomplishment that will make the trip on the interstate safer and smoother.
Spa owners John and Seana Cardillo say the project will bring more retail offerings to the space and benefit spa guests including couples and members of bridal parties.
City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Monday the station size has been reduced from a proposed 18,000-square-foot building to one that is about 15,000 square feet.
Wild Plum is the revamp of The Market on the Mountain, which closed in the spring after operating across the street in the Village Shopping Center for nearly 40 years.
The ski area on Saturday is opening the Sundown and Elkhead lifts on Saturday, providing access to a number of new trails on Sunshine Peak.
Collections in October were up 10.8 percent, or $12,270, over the same month last year.
City staff on Tuesday night got the green light from City Council to form a steering committee that will help determine what kinds of data the survey should aim to get and what questions should be asked.
The council voted 4-3 to approve the goals that range from installing a new electric vehicle charging station in the city to a possible overhaul of the city's pay plan next year.
Investigators with the Colorado Attorney General's office were very intrigued this week when they learned about Andy and Bethany Wunder's new restaurant and alcohol delivery business in Steamboat Springs.
All of the proposals would be funded from the tax increment financing that has been in use now for several years in the urban renewal area at the base of the ski area.
The launch of a new electric vehicle charging station in the city and the adoption of a new pay plan for city employees are some of the projects City Manager Deb Hinsvark is proposing to accomplish in 2015.
Elk River Valley residents Jim and Jo Lauter have created an exercise device that allows anyone to mimic the sport of horseback riding from the comfort of their living room.
When music and beer return to the iconic restaurant building near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, the new establishment will fittingly be known as The Wreck.
From an exhausted skier to a family that doesn't want to pack into a car on a snowy night to that man who doesn't want to make the trip to the grocery store, Wunder can think of a number of different people who will use her new delivery business.
As thousands of visitors prepare to take their winter vacations here, some employers are scrambling to find the employees that will keep the city's restaurants, hotels and small businesses humming.
Intrawest CEO Bill Jensen replaced by Thomas Marano.
The change could be useful for some long term-downtown parkers especially when the city rolls out new license plate reading technology to improve parking enforcement or if parking meters are installed downtown.
The launch of the new daytime winter schedule on Dec. 7 will coincide with the launch of a new GPS tracking service that will allow riders to use their smartphones to track buses in real time and see exactly when a bus is due to arrive at any of the bus stops in the city.
Susan Petersen, the city's longtime recreation manager, recently resigned to take another career opportunity here in Steamboat. Mike Albrecht, who has supervised the Howlesen Ice Arena for the last six years, also is leaving his post.
Steamboat Springs City Council debates how involved police chief should be in police station planning
Some members felt public safety director Joel Rae's leadership role in the project is appropriate given his many years of experience with the police department. But other members felt it wouldn't be appropriate for Rae to continue being a point person on the station planning because they felt the proposal is controversial and Rae's involvement could end up damaging his reputation.
Magill told his fellow council members that a prospective operator of such a business approached him and said he or she would look to possibly start the company in Oak Creek if the rules here weren't changed.
Lodging tax revenue used to install enhanced pedestrian crossings, make Lower Spring Creek Trail safer
A trio of enhanced pedestrian crossings and a safer Lower Spring Creek Trail in Steamboat Springs are the first signs that hundreds of thousands of lodging tax dollars are starting to be being spent to improve local trail systems.
It will cost local farmer Mike Arroyo significantly less this holiday season to gas up his Ford F250 Super Duty pickup and make the regular 192-mile drive to Grand Junction to visit his daughter.
Cynthia Pougiales' quest to park her new Greek food wagon at the base of Mount Werner has been so difficult in recent weeks, she and her friends have pondered the idea of instead having two donkeys pull the wagon around to make mobile sales.
Local entrepreneur Drew Koehler is hoping to tap into the state's lucrative recreational marijuana industry with his new vaporizer rental business. Koehler's sales pitch is that vaporizers are healthier to use than smoking marijuana. They also are more discreet.
Commissioners liked a lot of what they saw in the draft plan for Howelsen Hill, including the recommendation for a new indoor recreation center and a renovation of Howelsen Hill Lodge. But several commissioners kept wondering aloud how such a big price tag would ever be funded.
The council heard from some community members who said the longer wait times in the west end of town and the elimination of the on call yellow line from the daytime winter service would make travel a lot more difficult for them.
The parent company of Steamboat Ski Area announced Monday that its sales of season passes and frequency products for the upcoming ski season were up about 14 percent in volume and 20 percent in sales dollars through Nov. 2 compared to last year.
City Manager Deb Hinsvark said she was up to the challenge of improving her partnership with the council that recently gave her a mixed performance review.
If adopted, the draft plan could end up serving as a guiding document for the city's most historic and diverse park for several years.
Letters from home meant the world to U.S. Air Force airman from Steamboat Springs during rigorous basic training in Texas
In an age dominated by text messages, Facebook and email, a local mother found creative ways to handwrite letters and notes to her son almost every day he was in basic training. Heald then was inspired to start making inspirational cards for other military families. They are available at some local retailers including Lyon Drug.
The Steamboat Springs City Council Tuesday night will consider the second and final reading of the budget that would make significant changes to the city's free winter bus service, add more manpower to the city's personnel ranks and grant city employees $200,000 worth of pay raises.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating whether a BB or pellet gun was used to shatter a rear window of a vehicle that was being driven Sunday afternoon on Hilltop Parkway.
Events were busier. Sales tax collections reached historic levels. But there's still one big summer data point that still isn't going the direction city officials and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association want it to.
The latest campaign finance reports filed by Routt County candidates reveal the biggest spenders heading into Election Day claimed victory in every race. But in the case of the Routt County Commissioner's race, the vote gap was a lot closer than the spending gap.
The new crossing signals soon will be installed at U.S. Highway 40 and Dream Island Plaza, Amethyst Drive and East Maple Street, East Maple and McKinley streets, Mount Werner Drive and the Yampa River Core Trail, Mount Werner Circle and Burgess Creek Road and at the crossing from the Knoll Parking Lot to the Gondola Transit Center.
Without that maintenance money secured, some Steamboat Springs City Council members are suggesting they won't go forward with the improvements under a URA without some other maintenance agreement in place.
The defeat of the tax measure sends downtown business leaders back to the drawing board to try and figure out how to secure more revenue for upkeep and improvements in a downtown area that just two years ago was scrambling to find money to save flower baskets on Lincoln Avenue. It also casts doubt on whether the Steamboat Springs City Council will continue to consider a proposal from the city to use tax increment financing under an urban renewal authority to fund things like sidewalks and pedestrian lighting downtown.
Lots of riders are poised to love some of the changes. Others, not so much.