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As Steamboat continues to cope with tragic deaths of 2 children, local officials push child abuse prevention

Two deaths of children allegedly caused by child abuse and neglect are part of a broader issue in Routt County.

Steamboat Parks and Recreation Commission candidates talk about city funding challenges

City Council members asked prospective commission members about their views on such things as a possible parks and recreation taxing district and whether they'd want the commission to dive back into master plans for Rita Valentine and Bear River parks.

Steamboat City Council members to continue to push for changes at regional building department

City staff has since last year considered privatizing the department as a way to make it more efficient, but Routt County officials earlier this month indicated they would reject such a proposal.

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Bill would give Colorado counties more say in how cities form urban renewal authorities

Cities including Steamboat see these URAs as an important tool to restore run-down or "blighted" areas, while some counties see them as an abused tool that has diverted millions of dollars' worth of property taxes away from counties, school districts and other entities.

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New support group for teenagers grieving loss of a loved one being formed in Steamboat

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is starting the group for 12- to 15-year-olds.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss future of fire and ambulance services Tuesday

The strategic plan addresses staffing and equipment needs through 2020 and discusses possible goals that include establishing a new fire station west of town, increasing staffing to meet a higher demand of emergency calls and moving administrators and other services to a central fire station downtown.

City of Steamboat offers tips to prepare for spring runoff

In a news release, city officials say the current forecast from the National Resource Conservation Service forecast in Colorado calls for above average river flows from April Through July.

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Steamboat Springs' list of parked capital projects totals more than $128 million

Some projects, such as a 9,000-square-foot expansion at the Howelsen Ice Arena, could be considered wants. Others, such as the $3.2 million worth of water main upgrades and replacements, someday will be needs.

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Joe Zimmerman, a steward of Steamboat Springs' stellar water system, retires after 39-year career

For nearly four decades, the city's water superintendent has been a key part of why residents here in Steamboat Springs always have access to some of the cleanest, clearest drinking water in the state.

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Yampa Street lodging tax committee regroups to explore other ways to improve riverside roadway

A day after the Steamboat City Council didn't bite at the group's recommendation to use the lodging tax dollars to purchase a riverside lot at Seventh and Yampa, the seven volunteers regrouped with city staff to start vetting other options.

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Medical mileage: Grand Junction VA Hospital is not only for the injured

It doesn’t take long to notice the permanent tolls of war at the Grand Junction VA Hospital.

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Medical mileage: The long drive for health care

Dozens of Routt County veterans are forced to make long trips to distant cities to receive their medical care.

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New trails on Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill could be 1st to be funded by lodging tax

At the end of a extensive vetting process on Wednesday, members of the city's trails lodging tax committee identified their top priority projects for the summer of 2014.

Steamboat City Council not ready to move forward with recommended purchase of riverside lot on Yampa Street

The council instead directed staff to investigate another riverside lot on Yampa that currently houses the ambulance barn and Routt County Search and Rescue.

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City of Steamboat Springs working on new master plan for Howelsen Hill

The last comprehensive master plan this city adopted for the entire Howelsen Hill park talked about possible amenities ranging from a swimming pool in the summer to a bobsled and luge track.

Routt County family OK after lightning strike damages house Sunday night

The combination of wind, snow and thundersnow in the Yampa Valley this weekend kept local firefighters and emergency crews busy.

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Yampa Valley Electric taking steps to sell, repurpose downtown headquarters in Steamboat

The building site in Steamboat for YVEA's new headquarters hasn't been settled on just yet, but General Manager Diane Johnson said the optimistic goal is for the company to be out of their current headquarters sometime in the next two years.

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Steamboat City Council set to weigh in on recommendation to buy riverside lot on Yampa Street

A seven-member lodging tax committee that is advising the council on the spending of the tax recently came up with the recommendation after weighing the purchase of the lot at Seventh and Yampa streets against a number of other parts of the parks and promenade project that total more than $2.8 million.

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Routt County maintains reputation as 1 of healthiest places in Colorado

Charity Neal, the director of public health for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said officials in Routt County have a lot to like in the latest report.

Steamboat Springs turns to drones to get fresh angles for latest ad campaign

Winnie DelliQuadri, the city's government programs manager, said the project started last summer with a desire to show off the Haymaker Golf Course.

Application deadline is Friday for city of Steamboat's volunteer boards and commissions

Some of the higher profile openings are on Steamboat's planning commission.

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Big decisions await Steamboat Springs City Council this spring

From a list of possible police station building sites to the future of this city's fire and ambulance services, here's a closer look at some of the things the council will tackle in April and May.

City of Steamboat Springs working to ban antifreeze sprinkler systems due to safety concerns

Fire Marshal Jay Muhme said the National Fire Protection Association's recent testing on the sprinkler systems has shown that in some rare cases, the antifreeze can pose a significant safety issue as it did in 2009 when a woman in Truckee, Calif., was killed after such a system intensified a fire on a stove and caused an explosion.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center launching new breast health center

One of the goals of the new health center will be to increase the number of breast cancer screenings here in Routt County.

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Seasonal Steamboat Ski Area employees will no longer receive health insurance from Intrawest

In an email to employees, ski area officials wrote that an analysis from Intrawest showed coverage on the new health exchange would be cheaper for most of its seasonal employees.

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Lodging tax committee recommends purchase of riverside lot on Yampa Street

Committee members stressed that while the conversion of the Seventh Street parcel into a park is the most immediate priority in their eyes, they want to accomplish the entire parks and promenade project.

Share the Road campaign gets makeover in Routt County with new print, digital presence

The city, Routt County and Livewell Northwest Colorado this week have started their spring push to educate residents and visitors about sharing local roads and being responsible users of trails.

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As Steamboat Springs' capital needs grow, city manager suggests new revenue source may be needed

Hinsvark said the grants and building use taxes that currently support capital projects have “a potential end of life” that leaves the capital projects fund “very vulnerable.”

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Spring runoff preparations underway in Steamboat Springs

The city has made a number of improvements to infrastructure since the last major spring runoff season in 2011.

Steamboat City Council to consider starting new informal coffee meetings with constituents

Council member Scott Ford said the informal coffee series already is being done successfully in cities and towns such as Longmont, Golden and Fruita.

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Routt County sees higher demand for transportation to nearest hospital for veterans

Without a large enough veterans population in Northwest Colorado to warrant a new full service VA facility, veterans will keep making the long drive to Grand Junction.

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After success of 2013 summer season on the Yampa River, some wonder how much usage is too much

Last summer, the city's 12 commercial river outfitters sent 18,779 tubers, 376 anglers, 374 stand-up paddleboarders, 659 kayakers and 743 rafters and canoeists to the Yampa.

Howelsen Hill to stay open an extra weekend in March

The Howelsen Hill ski area was set to close this weekend, but the city of Steamboat Springs announced this week it would reopen the hill on March 22 and 23 for public skiing.

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Steamboat Springs residents adapt to life next to the new lights at Steamboat Ski Area

When Anthony D'Aquila recently stood on the front porch at a friend's house about 10 miles south of Steamboat, they lamented how the lights have changed the landscape.

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Goal setting a work in progress for Steamboat City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night threw out more than 30 potential goals and objectives it could tackle during the next 18 months that ranged from building a new police station to redeveloping the downtown corridor.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to set goals at retreat on Tuesday

While the first half of the retreat focused more on relationship building and procedural issues, such as whether it was appropriate for council members to eat at meetings or glance at their cell phones, Tuesday's session is expected to focus more on setting the priorities of the council.

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New statewide ad campaign aims to prevent stoned driving

The Colorado Department of Transportation's new ad campaign to prevent stoned driving takes a different approach than previous campaigns to prevent impaired driving.

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New executive hangars to be built at Steamboat Springs Airport

The city of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Group Realty broker Randall Hannaway announced this week the five new executive hangars proposed for the airport all have been reserved, and initial construction could start as early as this spring.

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Lodging tax committee starts grading potential trail projects

With an estimated $5.2 million available from the city's lodging tax to help make these projects a reality in the next decade, the new trails lodging tax committee is taking its role seriously, and not wasting any time.

Some Steamboat City Council members question recent use of confidential memos from city staff

Labeling communications as "work product" is a way of keeping communications city staff sends to the council privileged and allows staff to be more candid in those communications.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center announces new partnership with the Mayo Clinic

Local physicians now will have the ability to get electronic consultations with Mayo Clinic specialists when they want a second opinion on patient care.

Steamboat City Council passes on solar garden opportunity

Council members want to weigh the option of buying into a community solar garden in Craig with other expenditures during the budget season.

Steamboat City Council narrowly approves retail marijuana license for Golden Leaf

Three council members wanted to table the vote because of an ongoing state investigation into Golden Leaf's medical marijuana operations.

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New Steamboat Springs Airport manager starting to settle in

The airport hadn't had an official manager since Mel Baker left for the Front Range in November, and there were lots of emails to respond to and work to get caught up on.

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City of Steamboat now recommending approval of retail marijuana license for Golden Leaf

After multiple failed inspections and some problems two of the store's owners have had filling out paperwork correctly, city officials say they still have some concerns about the business.

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Steamboat City Council to consider solar garden proposals Tuesday night

The alternative energy option comes as city staff is recommending the council start to devise a new energy purchase and usage policy that could help guide the city's future energy decisions.

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Event at Hahn's Peak Roadhouse celebrates vintage snowmobiles

Visitors to the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse on Saturday could have been forgiven for thinking they had been suddenly beamed back in time.

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New medical helicopter service lands in Steamboat Springs

Classic Lifeguard helicopter service will operate out of Steamboat Springs Airport

Classic Lifeguard, a medical helicopter service based out of Utah, is planning to fly into Steamboat Springs in March to set up its first Colorado base at Bob Adams Field.

Charges filed against man accused of cutting his stepson during fight in Dream Island

Investigators believe Pina was trying to harm his wife with a kitchen knife when the stepson intervened just before 2 a.m.