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Interim police chief discusses recruiting challenges

Jerry DeLong told the council the police department is still down three officers, and recruiting efforts are ongoing.

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Howelsen Hill repair project put on hold

The council on Tuesday voted unanimously to remove the $880,000 worth of stabilization work city staff wanted to do over the next two years on Howelsen from the city's capital improvement program.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to weigh in on $56 million budget proposal

Council President Bart Kounovsky said as he was reviewing the 281-page budget book this weekend, it was the city's proposal to increase its workforce by nearly 10 full-time equivalents that stood out the most.

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2015 economic summit to showcase local business innovations

In one presentation, attendees of the 2015 Economic Summit will see how a medical technology company, a farm, an outdoor retail manufacturer and a high school teacher have innovated their businesses in Steamboat Springs.

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Moots Cycles has a new owner

Brent Whittington's path to purchasing a titanium bicycle manufacturing company in Steamboat Springs started in June when he picked up a brochure at the city's visitor center.

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Interim city manager starts Monday

Gary Suiter will have a busy first week as interim city manager in Steamboat Springs.

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I-70 winter tire bill to return

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, and Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, plan to again introduce a bill that would require drivers of passenger vehicles to have chains or winter tires with adaquate tread whenever there is snow and ice on I-70 between Morrison and Dotsero.

Police seek email scammer who tried to steal $21k from City Hall

According to a search warrant at the Routt County Courthouse, an accountant at the city recently received an email that was made to look as though it was from Finance Director Kim Weber.

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Bus riders in Steamboat Springs poised to avoid repeat of service cuts this winter

With an early funding commitment from the Steamboat Springs City Council and improved driver recruiting efforts, the transit service plans to avoid a repeat of the major cuts and changes that left many riders frustrated last year.

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Fewer delays on Highway 9 expected as project nears winter pause

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said road paving in the project area should wrap up sometime next week.

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Parks and rec commissioners weigh in on proposed ice arena expansion

Steamboat Springs cty officials say private fundraisers have pledged more than $1 million toward the creation of a second sheet of ice at the Howelsen Ice Arena.

Fall drives less expensive this year in Northwest Colorado

A fall drive on the Flat Tops Scenic Byway or a trip to the Front Range will cost area drivers significantly less money this fall than they did last year.

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School bond includes funding for road improvements near proposed high school

Some Steamboat Springs City Council members recently wondered aloud what the district's plans were for investing in the nearby intersections that would be impacted by a new high school.

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New endowment fund could support regional trail maintenance

As new trails are built in public lands around the city, officials are brainstorming ways to pay for the added trail maintenance.

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City council candidates think downtown parking an issue

Several city council candidates have suggested they would want to make changes to the parking system early in their council careers.

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CDOT hosting telephone town hall to discuss I-70 express lane pricing

The state's High Performance Transportation Enterprise Board is seeking approval of a toll range of $3 to $30 for ExpressToll customers and $5 to $30 for drivers who don't use ExpressToll.

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Cost of Howelsen Hill maintenance gives some city council members pause

As maintenance and repair bills have mounted on the hill, some council members have appeared to question whether maintaining the current level of operations at Howelsen is worth the large capital cost.

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Steamboat Springs City Council candidates weigh in on several city issues at forum

An audience of more than 60 people showed up to learn more about where the candidates stood on city issues ranging from a potential lift ticket tax to downtown parking.

Steamboat Springs city attorney to retire after 21 years of service

Lettunich, who has practiced law in Steamboat for more than 39 years, was appointed city attorney in 1994.

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Steamboat City Council scales back air service education campaign proposal

The education campaign would have come right before a potential ballot initiative seeking the renewal of the quarter cent sales tax that supports winter air service at YVRA.

Pedestrian safety a big focus of city's 6-year capital plan

Notable projects include the construction of a new pedestrian underpass below U.S. Highway 40 at Fish Creek and a new pedestrian and bicycle sidewalk connection in west Steamboat from Riverside Plaza to Shield Drive.

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Residents, parks and rec commissioners are leery of large sports wall in Whistler Park

Concerns raised about the wall included the possibility of vandalism, sight obstruction, risks related to falls from the wall, inadequate parking at the park, wildlife impacts and potential interference with other park activities.

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Construction starts at Workman property on Yampa Street

Yampa Street will be closed next week between Sixth and Seventh streets to accommodate the work.

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'Sickening' amount of vandalism delays trailhead project on Emerald Mountain

An individual or individuals who hijacked three pieces of construction equipment caused an estimated $80,000 to $100,000 of damage at a trailhead that was under construction on the west side of Emerald Mountain.

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Shared public safety facility advances with buy in from city and county officials

The new working group that is planning the facility resolved Wednesday to have a proposal ready for the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County commissioners to consider by Dec. 15.

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Steamboat Springs City Council plans to start meeting more often

By adding a monthly work session on specific topics ranging from bus routes to downtown parking, the council is hoping to arrive at more informed decisions.

Lacrosse leaders want to construct large sports wall in Whistler Park

The "bounce-back" wall is being planned by Steamboat Lacrosse, LLC, and would aim to benefit all types of youth sports.

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Gary Suiter poised to become interim city manager in Steamboat Springs

Gary Suiter, a management consultant who has spent many years managing cities in Colorado, said Tuesday he feels confident and comfortable stepping into the interim role here for at least the next several months.

Community can sit in on interim city manager interviews Tuesday

Whoever the council hires for interim city manager is expected to serve in the role for several months until a new city council that is seated in November hires a permanent manager.

Council to consider spending $750k for Howelsen Hill stabilization next year

It's getting more and more expensive to keep the city's historic but mudslide-prone ski hill stable and safe.

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New Mexican restaurant slated to replace Rio Grande in downtown Steamboat

The era of rooftop margaritas in downtown Steamboat Springs won't end when the Rio Grande Mexican restaurant closes next week.

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The revolving door

City managers aren’t lasting long in Steamboat Springs City Hall these days. As the Steamboat Springs City Council prepares to hire a new manager, some members are wondering how they can work better with their managers. Former managers and council members have suggestions.

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Vintage bikes get new life at new bicycle shop on Lincoln Avenue

In a small kiosk on Lincoln Avenue, John Weinman is working hard to keep old vintage bicycles out on the road.

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New group formed to tackle public safety building project

The new group will have its first meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the commissioner's hearing room.

Possible sale of Iron Horse Inn still being negotiated

The council took no action after an executive session on Tuesday night that was called to discuss the potential sale of the property that currently has a defunct hotel next to an apartment complex that houses about 50 tenants.

Interim city manager interviews scheduled for next week

All three of the candidates are Colorado residents who have extensive experience managing cities in Colorado and around the country.

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Hinsvark reflects on tenure as Steamboat Springs city manager

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark's last day in City Hall was marked by hugs and well wishes from several city employees and a resolve from her seven bosses on the city council to figure out how to avoid similar departures of their managers in the future.

Steamboat Springs City Council to consider interim city manager hiring process Tuesday night

The Steamboat Springs City Council has at least eight people to choose from to lead the city on an interim basis after City Manager Deb Hinsvark's expected resignation and departure Tuesday night.

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Authorities dismantle illegal marijuana grow site on Buffalo Pass; 2 Mexican nationals arrested

Two men who were camping at the grow site were taken into custody without incident after an early morning operation that started at 4 a.m.

Routt County Jail inmate accused of assaulting 3 jailers

The incident started just after 6 p.m. when deputies said inmate Threasa Lynn McIntosh, 45, tore pages out of a book and flushed them down the toilet, causing it to plug and overflow and flood the holding cell.

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Rising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gets warm welcome in Steamboat Springs

Carson signed books, posed for photos with fans and even fit in a game of pool before giving a speech at the Freedom Conference.

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As Steamboat Springs City Council weighs Iron Horse sale, tight-knit community of tenants hopes to stay

For the second time in three years, residents at the city-owned Iron Horse Inn are worried they may soon lose their homes and have to scramble to find another piece of workforce housing they can afford.

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City of Steamboat Springs proposes new regulations for private marijuana grows

The city's unlicensed growing facilities were thrust into the spotlight on June 13 when a caregiver's medical marijuana grow operation caught fire on Downhill Drive and caused $20,000 worth of damage to the building.

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13 community members file for Steamboat Springs City Council race

All four seats are now contested, and six candidates are vying for district 1.

Two men airlifted off of Mount Werner on Monday in separate incidents

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue headed up the mountain around 4:20 p.m. to help a 55-year-old man who had possibly broken his neck in a mountain bike crash on the advanced Flying Diamond trail.

Rabbit fever found in animal in South Routt County

Forest Service officials say the incident is isolated and the risk to the public is low.

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Stewards of air service program planning public outreach campaign

The Local Marketing District board is asking the Steamboat Springs City Council to approve a 2015-16 operating budget that would spend nearly $50,000 on the public education effort.

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Downtown businesses undergoing late summer shuffle

Goodbye, cups of coffee at Paddlewheel and margaritas on the Rio Grande rooftop. Hello, half rack of ribs on Fifth Street and a pizza pub in Old Town Square.

Steamboat Springs City Council election could feature 10 candidates

Prospective candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday to gather the 25 necessary signatures of their constituents and return their petitions to City Hall.

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New I-70 mountain express lane expected to open by year's end

Community members on the Western Slope will be able to weigh in on the proposed pricing for the lane on Sept. 21 during a telephone town hall hosted by CDOT.