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City Council to discuss 6 police station sites, including option with new City Hall

City Council to discuss 6 sites, including option with new City Hall

Under the 10th Street option, the 55-year-old building that houses City Hall would be replaced by a new police station, and a new City Hall would be constructed next door on what is currently a public parking lot at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Ready to help vanquish the poo this April Stools Day?

Here are some facts

Community members can band together Saturday and do their part to pick up some of the poop that has been left behind and neglected at local parks and trails.

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After Central Park Drive snafu, city changes policy

City changes easement policy after recent Central Park Drive project snafu

The city of Steamboat Springs says it will stop relying on the types of handshake deals over construction easements that recently held up the major Central Park Drive project for two-and-a-half weeks and threatened to nix a roundabout.

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City Council approves downtown apartment project

The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved what will be the largest apartment development ever constructed downtown.

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City Council will revote on pot shop move after forcing a member to recuse himself

Council will revote on pot shop move after forcing a member to recuse himself

The council will hold a fresh hearing May 17 and take a new vote on the move after determining Tony Connell needs to recuse himself from the decision.

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City Council to make final decision on pot shop move Tuesday

But first, the council will discuss whether two of its members should have voted to deny the move in the first place.

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Take a look inside new brewpub under construction on Yampa Street

Soon, pieces of the large, wooden spools that used to store cable at Yampa Valley Electric Association will be used to craft Mountain Tap Brewery's new bar.

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Cooking with: CMC chef Joseph Lentz

Cameron Poole still remembers when Colorado Mountain College's cafeteria was more, well, college-like, but those days are long gone. As college kids have grown more "food savvy" and aware of where their meals come from, CMC has adapted and stepped up its game in a brand new dining hall...

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City brings on PR team for major downtown improvement project

Mary Brown said Friday she has started having some initial conversations about the project with business owners whose properties will be affected by the construction that is scheduled to start next month.

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Lane closures start between Silverthorne, Kremmling

According to the latest update about the road construction project that has resumed on the highway, drivers could encounter 15- to 20-minute delays just north of the Green Mountain Reservoir due to alternating lane closures.

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First signs of spring landslide seen on Howelsen Hill

First signs of spring landslide seen at city's historic ski hill

Howelsen Hill Supervisor Brad Setter reported late last week he was observing signs of a slope failure on the upper face of the hill that extended to the Alpine Slide.

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City Council weighs in on plan to replace old child care facility

City Council weighs in on proposal to replace old child care facility

Some council members were leery when they learned the project had not gone through the city's planning process yet.

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Whistleblower bill passes 1st test in state legislature

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

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City to create new access point at popular river takeout location

The creation of a formal river put-in and take-out point at Stockbridge will replace an informal access point city officials and river users think is unsafe.

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Central Park Drive detours and bus route changes start soon

Here's what resident need to know about the first phase of the construction at one of the city's busiest shopping centers.

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60-unit apartment building downtown earns 2nd approval from planning commission

60-unit downtown apartment building earns 2nd approval

The 60-unit apartment building proposed for the corner of 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue narrowly made it through a second date with the city's planning commission on Thursday night with an updated exterior design plan.

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Ski free this weekend at Winter Park with Steamboat pass

Steamboat Ski Area pass holders who had their weekend biking and jogging plans ruined by the spring snowstorm have an alternative option if they don't mind driving a bit.

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Central Park Drive project freed from bureaucratic tangle

The new target date for construction to begin on the Central Park Drive project is Wednesday. But some damage may already have been done by the delay.

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Crews still in holding pattern on Central Park Drive project

Construction crews that have been waiting to start the major road work at Central Park Drive were still in a holding pattern Thursday afternoon.

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Steamboat Springs Transit reports strong performance numbers for winter season

Transit Manager Jonathan Flint reported Thursday the city's local bus service carried 660,568 passengers from Dec. 6 to April 10 and significnatly improved its on time performance.

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Councilman raises idea of publicizing names of residents who violate city's leash law

Councilman raises idea of publicizing names of those who violate city's leash law

A Steamboat Springs City Council member wants to put residents who don't pick up after their pets or abide by leash laws in the dog house.

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Central Park Drive construction being held up by easement issues

Central Park construction project again delayed by legal issues

Construction crews have not been able to launch the major Central Park Drive road work project on schedule because the city is still working to get an important easement signed to allow work in a certain area.

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Pot shop accuses City Council members of retaliation, conflicts of interest

Natural Choice and their prospective landlord said Friday that Councilwoman Heather Sloop and Councilman Tony Connell failed to disclose some personal conflict of interests and should have recused themselves prior to the close and controversial 4-3 vote that stopped the move.

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City Council denies 100K request for group sales program

“The city can't be the only partner, and there's gotta be a better way to fund it,” Counciwoman Kathi Meyer said Tuesday as the Steamboat Springs City Council weighed a $100,000 request from the Chamber to fund a group sales program in the city. “Shouldn't this (group sales) position be funded by all the groups who benefit? If the Chamber truly believes this will be good for business, there should be a lot of skin in the game from a lot of entities.”

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City Council defends makeup of city manager interview committee

A majority of the people who have been chosen to serve on the citizens' panel that will help choose Steamboat Springs' next city manager also sit together on the board of directors for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

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City steps up parking enforcement

More people in Steamboat Springs this year are coming back to their illegally parked cars to find pink parking tickets.

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City to recoup half of home loan balance from former city manager after short sale

City to recoup part of loan balance after short sale of former city manager's home

City Attorney Dan Foote said the city is now discussing a plan to have former city manager Alan Lanning repay the remaining $64,446 of the loan in monthly installments.

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City Council takes flak for not including more average Joes on city manager interview panel

Dissenters say committee lacks voices of skeptics, average people

A Steamboat Springs City Council member and one of the city's most frequent public commenters fear the citizens committee, which will help choose the next city manager, lacks the voices of skeptics and the common man.

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City Council halts pot shop's move to more visible location

In denying the move, the council rejected the recommendations of the city's planning staff and planning commission to allow Natural Choice to move into a location the business felt is more visible than its current spot in a tucked away industrial area.

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Colorado biologists concerned by latest spread of fungal disease in bats

For the first time, the bats in this state are surrounded by white nose syndrome on two fronts.

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Cost to replace child care center at Howelsen jumps to $543K

Community Services Director John Overstreet said the cost to build a new Igloo is $543,000, which is $202,865 more than the city anticipated it would be in 2014.

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Rangers coming to city parks and rivers near you

Around Memorial Day, the city of Steamboat Springs will deploy a new park ranger program that aims to reduce conflicts at city parks, on the Yampa River and on the Core Trail.

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Chamber seeks 100K for new group sales program

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is again asking the Steamboat Springs City Council to contribute money to a program that aims to lure more group conferences to the city.

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Road work starting next week will impact trips to Central Park Plaza, DIA

Monday marks the start of the reconstruction of Central Park Drive in Steamboat and the second phase of a safety improvement project on Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling.

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City presents Bear River Park conceptual plans

Under option A, the park would be designed as a passive park, with nature trails, new basketball courts, a picnic and BBQ area, a new multi-use filed and an expanded skate park.

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Big changes underway at Iron Horse Inn

The Iron Horse Inn will soon have a new name, new interiors, new landscaping, faster Internet and much higher rents.

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Ted Cruz leading presidential campaign fundraising race in Steamboat Springs

According to records from the Federal Election Commission, Cruz has raised $8,805 from 37 donations in Steamboat Springs.

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La Montana closing after 34-year run in Steamboat Springs

Thursday is the last call for margs at one of Steamboat Springs' most established Mexican restaurants.

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Upcoming projects aim to make U.S. Highway 40 corridor safer for pedestrians

A new pedestrian underpass near the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40 is closer to becoming a reality.

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Hotel seeks noise exemption for steam whistle sound at base of ski area

The timing of the whistle sounds at the base area is still to be determined, but they would likely occur around the end of the ski day.

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City manager finalists announced

The four men who are vying to lead city government hail from Michigan, Texas, Georgia and the interim city manager's office in Steamboat Springs.

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Pay to Play: Working group poised to recommend city ask voters to create new parks and rec district

The parks and recreation lobby in Steamboat Springs has in recent years become the city’s most passionate and tenacious group.

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Get ready: Officials announce timing of road closures for Central Park Drive reconstruction

Flashing signs are already warning drivers about a major road construction project that will begin April 4 on Central Park Drive between Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads.

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Major highway project in west Steamboat Springs slated for 2017

In the spring of 2017, U.S. Highway 40 and its intersection with Elk River Road will see some big changes.

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City manager finalists to be announced Monday

A representative from Slavin Management Consultants, the recruiting firm being paid by the city to help find the next city manager, told Steamboat Today on Tuesday he thought it would be weeks before the names of the finalists would be revealed publicly.

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I-70 snow tire bill defeated in Senate

The bill, crafted by State Reps. Diane Mitsch Bush, D- Steamboat Springs, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, would have required that all passenger vehicles have adequate tires or chains or alternative traction devices from Oct. 1 to May 15 on the interstate between Morrison and Dotsero.

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City Council pivots parking discussion away from meters, for now

Council President Walter Magill, who last month floated the idea of testing meters in certain portions of downtown, last week suggested the city should first focus on stepping up enforcement to keep cars from overstaying their welcome.

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City Council selects 6 city manager finalists

Search firm says it could be weeks before finalists' names are released

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday selected six city manager finalists following an hour-long executive session. But they only referred to them by the number on their confidential applications.

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I-70 snow tire bill could hit road block Thursday at Senate hearing

Northwest Colorado's two state legislators are again in the opposite lanes on a proposed bill that aims to reduce winter crashes and traffic snarls on Interstate 70 in the mountains.

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Main Street revamp underway

Program Manager Lisa Popovich said during the team's visit that she is looking forward to Main Street adopting a strategy that is more project driven than it has been in the past.

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