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Distillery, climbing gym planned for downtown

Two types of businesses Steamboat Springs has never seen before are being planned for the downtown corridor.

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Crews working on new Emerald Mountain trail

Chainsaws were buzzing Thursday up on Emerald Mountain as crews worked to build another new mountain biking trail in Steamboat Springs.

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Emerald trails still stuck in mud season

Lower elevation trails open, but many remain unrideable

Mother Nature is making it more difficult than usual for volunteers to get Emerald Mountain ready for hikers and bikers this spring.

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City Council approves city manager contract

City Council approves city manager contract offer for Gary Suiter

The Steamboat Springs City Council has offered Gary Suiter a city manager contract that would pay him an annual base salary of $185,000 and give him a more generous severance package in the event his contract is ever terminated within six months of a council election.

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After 30-plus years of planning, Yampa Street project begins

Some Steamboat Springs residents have waited more than 30 years to see the groundbreaking ceremony that occured Friday on Yampa Street.

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City Council debates whether to keep new style of parking spaces

The city of Steamboat Springs' great reverse-angle parking experiment will continue despite some concerns from the city's elected officials.

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Dog patrol: Stepped-up leash law enforcement sparks resistance, debate in Dog Town USA

In a city that’s home to an estimated 5,500 canines, two officers are stepping up efforts to help keep the peace. But they are facing some resistance in Dog Town USA.

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Man gets car stuck in wet concrete on Yampa Street

Mike DeGregorio was a bit late to work on Friday.

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Council calls special session to finalize city manager contract

The Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to start dotting some i's and crossing some t's with the man they offered the city manager job last week.

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Commissioner pushes for more funding to make NW Colorado roads safer

The 203-mile detour around the major rockfall event in Glenwood Canyon may have ended months ago, but collatoral damage resulting from the interstate closure still lingers in Northwest Colorado.

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Suiter still in contract negotiations with City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council was not ready to offer its top city manager job candidate a contract to sign Tuesday following a lengthy closed-door session that was called to negotiate an employment agreement.

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CIty Council narrows list of police station sites

The Steamboat Springs City Council has told city staff to abandon ship on the idea of building a municipal campus at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Council reverses decision and votes in favor of pot shop move

Majority votes in favor of marijuana business move

Curve Plaza is about to get a little greener.

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Dog rescue captured on body cam

Police Chief Cory Christensen praised the dedication of the officer.

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Council to revote Tuesday on pot shop move

Whatever council decides is poised to be controversial.

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Bantle files lawsuit against sheriff, county

The former police officer claims Wiggins' actions last year were unlawful and resulted in her departure from the police department and harmed her reputation;

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Main Street working on plan to bring more pedicabs downtown

Visitors who have a hard time finding a close place to park in downtown Steamboat Springs this summer could have a new, fun way to zip to and from a satellite lot or catch a ride for 10 blocks.

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Friendly ambassadors will share parking secrets, dining picks with downtown visitors this summer

Main Street seeks ambassadors to assist Steamboat visitors

Main Street Steamboat Springs is seeking volunteers for a new downtown ambassador program that will place walking, talking information booths in the city's commercial center.

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River Road back open following rockslide

City crews finished cleaning up the section of River Road on Thursday, and the road is now reopen.

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City officials continue to monitor Howelsen Hill landslide

City officials say it's too early to gauge impact of latest Howelsen slide

Howelsen Hill just won't sit still.

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Highway 9 drivers face long delays, rough road

It might be time for drivers in Northwest Colorado to start taking Colorado Highway 131 or Berthoud Pass to get to and from the Front Range.

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City Council looking into whether city manager search firm breached contract

The Steamboat Springs City Council is questioning whether the search firm it paid to help find its next city manager thoroughly vetted all of the candidates and delivered on all of its promises.

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Council offers city manager job to Gary Suiter

Council says interim has "righted the ship" during dark days

The Steamboat Springs City Council has offered the city manager job to a man they say is a steady hand who arrived at City Hall seven months ago and "righted the ship" during some of the city's darkest days.

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Yampa Street project starts soon

The city of Steamboat Springs is planning to select Duckels Construction as the contractor for all of the work.

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Council to select city manager and talk bears, dogs

Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will choose who it wants to oversee the city's roughly 275 employees and $60 million budget.

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Community panel announces top choice for city manager

Interview committee tells City Council interim city manager is best fit for job

The panel of community members who spent all day Friday interviewing the four city manager finalists wants the city of Steamboat Springs to stick with the man who has been leading the government on an interim basis.

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City manager finalists meet the public on eve of important interviews

Residents invited to sit in on candidate interviews

A forum Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center gave residents their first opportunity to meet the four city manager finalists and gain a sense for how they might fit in here.

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Former city manager agrees to home loan repayment schedule

On Monday, former City Manager Alan Lanning finalized the short sale of his home in the Silver Spur neighborhood and paid the city $73,693. He will repay the rest in monthly installments of $600 for up to 99 months.

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Developer gauging feasibility of new housing development in west Steamboat Springs

A real estate developer that successfully turned a former mining waste area in Breckenridge into a popular workforce housing neighborhood for locals has quietly been gauging the feasibility of a new neighborhood for local workers in west Steamboat Springs.

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Driver who crashed into regional transit bus in March was uninsured

Driver who crashed into regional transit bus in March was uninsured

The city now is facing the expensive task of replacing the bus after it was deemed to be a total loss.

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City Council selects new shortlist of police station sites

Four years and 44 days after new police station effort launched, city makes progress on building sites

The Steamboat Springs City Council narrowed the list of potential locations for the police headquarters to four locations on Tuesday night.

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City manager finalists to attend community open house and interview sessions this week

Steamboat Springs residents on Thursday can meet the four men who are vying to become the next city manager.

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Routt County commissioners say no thanks to parks district beyond Steamboat city limits

A committee that has been exploring other ways of funding the region's vast portfolio of parks and recreation amenities made its case Monday for why it wants the city to look into forming a new government that could levy an additional tax.

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Future of Steamboat's Sports Authority uncertain after company abandons reorganization plans

According to national news reports, debt-saddled Sports Authority is now considering closing all 467 of its stores after abandoning a plan to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Planning Commission weighs in on plans for ski area's mountain coaster, golf course

The Steamboat Ski Area's plan to build a new mountain coaster and mini-golf course at the base of Mount Werner had a mostly smooth ride Tuesday at a city planning commission meeting.

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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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