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City council weighs future of bus service in Steamboat

Some council members are ready to hit the gas on new driver recruiting efforts and restore the level of bus service to what it was before it was cut back in the winter.

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Police station committee weighs pros and cons of shared facility

The committee is set to vote on the idea of a shared facility later this month.

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Community members can weigh in on future of Steamboat bus service Tuesday night

Steamboat Springs Transit Manager Jonathan Flint hopes members of the public show up to the meeting to reflect on their experiences with the bus service and make recommendations for the future.

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City outlines potential timeline for downtown improvements

If the Steamboat Springs City Council chooses a financing option that would involve assuming debt, the city projects the list of $10.3 million in proposed infrastructure improvements could be finished after three years.

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Moffat County law enforcement leaders tout shared public safety facility

Some police station committee members in Steamboat Springs are pointing to the success of a shared facility in Moffat County as a reason to explore such an arrangement here in Routt County.

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Steamboat chef on Jeopardy! winning streak

On Thursday night's episode, Seroka extended his winnings to $150,800 after easily defeating his two competitors that included a government relations liaison from Washington D.C.

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Botanic Park stewards don't want Triple Crown to take root at Emerald

Botanic Park leaders told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night that they fear Triple Crown's entrance into the neighboring Emerald Park would bring unwanted noise and traffic to the area and limit local use of the fields.

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Steamboat City Council appears ready to advance downtown URA

There will be more negotiations with other taxing entities and more public discussions before the council considers taking the vote that would put the downtown improvement plan into action.

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Future of Emerald Mountain trails will be subject of Wednesday gathering

Community members who are interested in the future of the trail system on Emerald Mountain are invited to take a quick field trip with the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday.

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Steamboat City Council to consider downtown investment plan Tuesday night

City staff will present the council with more details about the plans to improve the downtown corridor with new sidewalks and pedestrian lighting, among other things.

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Howelsen Hill landslide damages chairlift, Alpine slide

City Manager Deb Hinsvark told the Steamboat Springs City Council the repairs are expected to be costly.

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Steamboat recognized for being veteran friendly

When local veteran and rancher Jim Stanko was asked back in December whether Steamboat Springs deserved to be named "The Most Veteran Friendly Little City in Colorado" for 2015, Stanko put together a list of 15 reasons why the answer is a resounding "yes."

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Regional bus service between Steamboat and Craig gets additional grant funding

The planned improvements include two new diesel-electric hybrid buses that will replace a pair of 18-year-old diesel buses, GPS tracking system upgrades and a potential service improvement to the regional bus line that runs between Steamboat and Craig.

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City eyes new Emerald Park access in 2016

Community members can learn more about the specifics of the project at the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

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Idea of police unification raised in Routt County

Some elected officials and the city's police station building committee have had some brief discussions about the concept of unification in recent weeks.

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Police station committee learns about pros and cons of joint public safety facility

Moffat County's top law enforcement officials traveled to Steamboat on Monday to talk about what it's like for multiple agencies to work together under the same roof.

City will hire deputy city manager

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said the deputy city manager will oversee things including public outreach and performance management programs.

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Analysts see low gas prices continuing through the summer

A driver who pumped 15 gallons of unleaded gas at the Western Convenience station on Sunday last week paid $21 less than they did last year.

Former Routt County deputy treasurer arrested on embezzlement charges

Lila M. Stucker faces 144 counts of embezzlement of public money, a Class Five Felony, as well as felony theft charges after a bookkeeper in the Treasurer's Office provided an investigator with evidence that Stucker misappropriated $21,057 in county funds from 2006 to 2013.

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Snow expected to continue in high country through Saturday

At lower elevations in Steamboat Springs, only modest snow accumulations are expected Friday and Saturday.

Steamboat residents arrested on suspicion of extorting money from boy who damaged their vehicles

Isaias Simon and his sister, Ana Simon, are accused of threatening to have a boy deported if he did not pay them $2,000 to fix their vehicles.

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Snow tire legislation loses traction in Colorado Senate

State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush will continue to push for new legislation that would require more drivers to use snow tires or chains on Interstate 70 in the mountains despite the State Senate's move to study the issue first.

Community members will soon be able to serve on parks and rec funding group

The working group will study alternative funding sources for parks and recreation amenities.

City Council takes no action after meeting behind closed doors for 3 hours Monday night

The Steamboat Springs City Council took no action and had nothing to say publicly Monday night after it met for three hours behind closed doors to discuss a police misconduct investigation and City Manager Deb Hinsvark's work performance.

Weather Service issues red flag warning for Western Colorado ahead of mid-week cold front

The forecast calls for possible wind gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour on Tuesday afternoon.

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Highway lane closures begin between Silverthorne and Kremmling

Drivers should expect delays if they decide to take this route to and from the Front Range.

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Steamboat CIty Council to discuss future of bus routes at upcoming meeting

The May meeting will offer the public a chance to weigh in on the changes and cuts, which were recently made to the bus service this winter, and offer recommendations for the future.

City Council, county commissioners back affordable housing project in west Steamboat

Elected officials Tuesday night pledged $400,000 from a community housing fund to support a 48-unit project that would be built near the intersection of Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40 on land that is owned by the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Flood mitigation efforts lead to lower insurance premiums in Steamboat

Flood insurance policyholders who reside in the city's 100-year floodplain should see an annual savings of $42 per premium, according to a press release from the city.

Summer bus schedule starts Monday in Steamboat

Goodbye, Cinnamon and Aqua Lines. Hello Yellow and Red.

City of Steamboat prepares to send out community survey

Thousands of community members in Steamboat Springs will soon have the chance to grade the quality of city services and let their elected officials know what the city's funding priorities should be in the coming years.

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Steamboat CIty Council agrees that city should take on common area maintenance at new hangar development

Council members viewed their decision to take on the maintenance responsibilities as an economic development opportunity.

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Steamboat City Council calls another special meeting to discuss police misconduct investigation

A council member also told City Manager Deb Hinsvark Tuesday night that she should have a succession plan ready in case the investigation turns up any evidence of wrongdoing on her part.

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Sheriff sees big opportunity to share space with Steamboat Springs Police Department

Routt County Sheriff Wiggins estimated there is as much as 6,900-square-feet of space that could be shared between the Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department in the form of training rooms, evidence rooms, locker rooms, an impound yard and a parking lot.

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Citizens committee not ready to rule out west Steamboat for police station

The committee met with high-ranking police officials Monday morning to discuss how the location of a new station would impact local law enforcement operations.

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New bar, pizza place among several additions to local restaurant scene

New restaurants and bars are popping up around town, while the future of some empty commercial spaces remain unclear. Here's a look at the latest business news in Steamboat Springs.

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Emails reveal more about city's response to police misconduct accusations

The emails between City Manager Deb Hinsvark, Steamboat Springs City Council members and the city's top two police officials offer the public a closer look at the city's response to the serious accusations of misconduct leveled against DelValle and Rae by former Police Detective Dave Kleiber and other officers.

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Steamboat CIty Council to discuss downtown funding, public safety facility with county commissioners

The council and the commissioners have a lot to talk about Tuesday night.

Steamboat man accused of sending bullet into city attorney's SUV takes plea deal

As part of a plea deal, Scott Brooks pleaded guilty to prohibited use of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

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Steamboat City Council to decide if city should take on airport hangar maintenance

The Steamboat Springs City Council will soon decide whether the city should maintain common areas around the new private hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport despite language in a signed ground lease that calls for the private developer to do the work

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City hires interim police chief, public information officer for remainder of police misconduct investigation

Craig Police Department Commander Jerry DeLong will lead the Steamboat Springs Police Department while an investigator looks into the claims of misconduct against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle.

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Major road construction project starts this week between Silverthorne and Kremmling

In the coming weeks, drivers who take the highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling will encounter delays of up to 45 minutes from a combination of reduced speed limits, alternating lanes of traffic and traffic holds as construction crews start a major project to make the road safer.

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Police misconduct investigation begins in Steamboat Springs

While the city prepared for the investigation to ramp up, recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate Jessica Miller organized the modest protest that started with about six protestors.

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Police station committee to explore wide range of options for new station

In many ways, the citizen police station committee is taking the police station project back to square one.

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Sharon's restaurant brings comfort food to west side of town

The opening of Sharon's comes almost 20 years after Sharon Stone closed a restaurant with the same name in West Steamboat that operated from 1988 to 1996.

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Local cycling groups eye an easier path up Emerald Mountain

Routt County Riders is proposing that a new, gentler trail be built that would run from the base of Howelsen Hill at Sombrero Stables to the Ricky's Ridge trail on Emerald Mountain.

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City invites community to weigh in on future of pocket park on Yampa Street

"The use of this park is something we really need to begin a community dialogue on," Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.

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Local drivers can learn about major Northwest Colorado roadwork at upcoming meeting

The Colorado Highway 9 improvement project will add eight-foot-wide shoulders and wildlife underpasses and overpasses to a stretch of highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling that was the site of 47 car accidents involving wild animals between 2007 and 2011.

City Council, School Board discuss downtown urban renewal plan

During a joint meeting with the Steamboat Springs City Council Monday night, several of the Steamboat Springs School Board members urged the council to exhaust all other options before considering an urban renewal plan that would use some property tax increment to fund infrastructure like sidewalks and pedestrian lighting.

Parks and rec commission to discuss Workman park, beginner trails on Emerald

Work to convert the Workman property into a riverfront park is scheduled to begin in August.