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Steamboat City Council to consider downtown parking meter proposal Tuesday

A parking consultant with Desman Associates on Tuesday night will tell the council it should consider installing parking meters on Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street where they run from Fifth to 10th streets.

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Best of the Boat: Discovery Learning Center named best child care center

Walk into the Discovery Learning Center and you immediately notice there's something about this place that children really love.

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Best of the Boat: Blue Sage Pizza serves up the best slices

​Blue Sage Pizza has been on a roll lately. ​In the past year, the long-established local company has outgrown its small space in Central Park Plaza and now has two bigger locations on both ends of town. Oh, and the pizza still is really good — so good, in fact, that it earned top honors in this year’s best pie category.

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Best of the Boat: Fiesta Jalisco wins best Mexican in crowded competition

​In a ski town where there are as many Mexican restaurants as there are ski shops, Fiesta Jalisco continues to be the restaurant to beat.

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Best of the Boat: Butcherknife's Amputator beer popular with locals

​With 7.2 percent alcohol by volume and a gruesome name, Butcherknife's new Amputator sounds a little intimidating.

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Downtown Steamboat stakeholders still deciding whether tax proposal is worth the price

The fate of a proposed property tax increase in downtown Steamboat Springs rests in the hands of downtown business owners like Wendy Lyon.

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Businesses in Steamboat Springs recognized for sustainability efforts

The use of a worm farm to turn organic waste into valuable compost helped Steamboat's Pet Kare Clinic on Wednesday clinch the 2014 Sustainable Business of the Year at an awards ceremony hosted by the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium.

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City of Steamboat, Sheraton finalize Iron Horse rental agreement

The city and the hotel have finalized and signed a four-month rental agreement that will rent the city's vacant hotel to the Sheraton for $18,000 per month.

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City of Steamboat is updating its sidewalk master plan

City Manager Deb Hinsvark also recently updated the council on the city's desire to start using local improvement districts to fill in some sidewalk gaps around the city.

Steamboat City Council uses new method to set city funding total for nonprofits

The current council chose to make the allocation to non-profits based on a certain percentage of the city's general fund budget, excluding transfers, capital and debt service payments.

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Steamboat City Council wants city to keep negotiating with Routt County Humane Society over control of animal shelter

The city reached out to the Humane Society last year to see if it would be interested in taking over the shelter and to propose a business plan. However, the city passed on the plan because it concluded it would have cost the city more money than it currently is paying to run the shelter.

Steamboat Springs man arrested after firing bullet into wife's truck

The bullet ended up in the radiator of the truck and did not cause any injuries. Police arrested Steamboat resident Jeffrey Scott Buck, 52, on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm, criminal mischief, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

Casey's Pond employees ask Steamboat City Council to delay parking enforcement on Owl Hoot Trail

Casey's Pond employees and visitors don't want to have to ride a shuttle or walk across a highway in the snow this winter to get to and from the senior living center every day.

Steamboat City Council narrowly rejects proposal to restore $264,000 worth of pay raises for city employees

City Council President Bart Kounovsky floated a compromise plan that would have restored the pay raises that council cut from the 2015 budget last week, but with two caveats.

Steamboat police arrest man suspected of firing bullet through neighbor's bedroom wall while intoxicated

The arrest of Michael Amendt, 23, on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm in the Eaglepointe Townhomes marks the second time this month someone has been arrested in the city for allegedly firing a gun inside a residence and placing a bullet dangerously close to others.

Election Guide 2014: Former state senator challenges 2-term incumbent for 3rd Congressional District

Abel Tapia is running against Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat.

Driver causes 3-car crash and minor injuries Sunday after falling asleep at the wheel near Hayden

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said Craig resident Jesse Decker, 18, was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 at about 7:40 a.m. when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2007 Ford Focus and drifted into the opposite lane of the highway on a right turn. Two people involved in the crash sustained minor injuries.

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Steamboat City Council to decide whether old house on Yampa Street should be razed to make way for new park

The council Tuesday night will consider the first reading of a contract to purchase the Workman house at 603 Yampa St. for $617,000.

New stores and activity spaces for children slated to open in former Franklin Mall space

Alexa Nachtweih is opening In Celebration of Kids, a business offering a variety of retail spaces and other children's services aimed at babies through tweens.

Steamboat Springs man arrested after bullet hits city attorney's Suburban

Police on Thursday arrested the man they suspect fired a gun in his home Oct. 1, sending a bullet through a bedroom wall and into the back of City Attorney Tony Lettunich's vehicle as he and his wife were driving by the home on Clubhouse Drive on their way to dinner.

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Steamboat Springs Dairy Queen location hit by credit card data breach

The Steamboat location was affected by the breach from Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 30.

City grant worth $362,975 will support up to 41 non-profits next year

When a few proponents of dozens of local nonprofits get together each year to agree on city funding totals for three coalitions of the nonprofits, things can get competitive.

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New pizzeria, breakfast spot planned for mountain area

Jeff and Kristi Brown are moving ahead with plans to add a grab-and-go style breakfast place and a pizzeria to the prominent mountain location that used to house The Market on the Mountain.

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Move to Steamboat: YVEA Purchases TIC Building for $9.7 million

Marking the sale of the single largest industrial-zoned piece of property in the Rocky Mountains, in July the Yampa Valley Electric Association completed its purchase of the 15-acre, 47,000-square-foot TIC campus at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road for $9.7 million. TIC has moved most of its employees out of Steamboat to consolidate operations on the Front Range.

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Empty 7-Eleven building in west Steamboat will become new barbecue joint

Two longtime North Routt families with deep roots in the community are opening a Moe's Original Bar B Que in West Steamboat.

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City of Steamboat Springs considering cuts to winter bus service

Some significant cuts and changes to the city's daytime winter bus service are on the table as the city grapples with a situation in which the bus service has run more than $100,000 over budget during the winter season.

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Pay raises for city employees draw scrutiny at Steamboat City Council budget hearing

Visibly frustrated by some of the scrutiny the plan was receiving from the council, City Manager Deb Hinsvark said the city has “people in the utility department who have been employed by the city for more than 30 years and who are not at the top of their pay range.”

New police bike patrols and other highlights from Tuesday's presentation of Steamboat's 2015 budget

From a revamped police bicycle patrol program to a debate over how to best remove dead trees from Emerald Mountain, there was a lot to take in Tuesday when the city of Steamboat pitched its 2015 budget to the city council.

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City of Steamboat's 2015 budget proposal adds more manpower, includes pay raises

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will weigh in on the city's proposed budget at an all-day forum in Centennial Hall.

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Steamboat's economic recovery weighed against other mountain towns at Economic Summit

After digesting a flurry of spreadsheets and line graphs, attendees of Steamboat's 20th economic summit ultimately saw that Steamboat's economy continues to grow, but the growth isn't as strong as in some other nearby mountain resort communities.

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Futurist tells Steamboat audience new technologies will be key for job growth

Frey on Friday took an audience of Steamboat Springs business leaders into a future where 3D printers are printing clothes and food, cars no longer need drivers and drones deliver packages.

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MountainBrew continues to grow with new location at Old Town Hot Springs

This will be the local coffee company's third location in Steamboat.

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New electric bus makes stop in Steamboat Springs on nationwide tour

When the 41-foot Proterra bus pulled into Steamboat's Stock Bridge Transit Center, it was immediately clear it wasn't an ordinary vehicle.

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Iron Horse Inn could become affordable home for Sheraton employees this winter

A rental agreement with the city would give more than 40 local employees an affordable place to live at a time when affordable housing is difficult to find in Steamboat's tight rental market.

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CDOT announces new efforts to curb traffic jams on Interstate 70

CDOT's latest strategy to combat the congestion includes more aggressively checking for bald tires that can lead to epic traffic snarls, providing more snowplow escorts and getting big rigs off the road during treacherous snowstorms.

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Steamboat astronaut Steve Swanson glad to be back on Earth after nearly half a year in space

"The ground was wonderful," Swanson said Tuesday as he reflected on his return to Earth. "It was nice to feel the weather again. My legs were a little wobbly when I walked, but I was happy. Life was great at that moment."

How to vote in the upcoming downtown BID tax election

Casting ballots in the upcoming downtown business improvement tax election will be a bit complicated for some commercial property owners and tenants.

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Leaders of business improvement district address concerns at tax proposal meeting

The leaders of Steamboat Springs' downtown business improvement district Monday night continued to make their case for why downtown property owners should embrace a property tax increase to pay for additional marketing and maintenance.

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Local groups tackling issue of limited kitchen space in Steamboat Springs

Representatives from Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, the Community Agriculture Alliance, the city of Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and some local food producers have joined forces to discuss the apparent lack of rentable commercial kitchen space.

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Horses in Steamboat Springs get their teeth fixed by class of aspiring dentists

When they leave this week, the students and teachers led by Raymond Hyde will have helped an estimated 350 horses with their dental issues.

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Technology startup U Grok It celebrates new milestones in Steamboat Springs

Today, Carrie and Tony Requist's idea to use handheld technology to locate and keep track of things has turned into a growing business in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat's Parks and Recreation Commission sets 4 big goals for 2015

The commissioners are setting the goals as the city gets ready to present a budget that could boost the parks and recreation's budget after years of cuts.

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Steamboat's Jimmy John's not on list of stores thought to be impacted by credit card data breach

The list does include eight Colorado stores, including two in Denver on East Colfax Avenue and on 16th Street.

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Steamboat City Council defends its longstanding public comment rules

Addressing the Steamboat Springs City Council in Centennial Hall can be an uncomfortable or frustrating experience for some people.

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Plan to fix parking problem at Casey's Pond moving forward

Since Casey's Pond opened last year, it has not had sufficient parking in its parking lot to accommodate all of its employees and visitors.

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City of Steamboat Springs improving its aging stormwater system

A year after the city of Steamboat Springs was grappling with the potentially enormous cost of improving its stormwater system, the city has started to revamp its stormwater maintenance program without busting its budget or assessing property owners a new fee to help cover the cost.

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Volunteer group seeks more city funding for environmental nonprofits in Steamboat Springs

All five volunteers who sit on the city's environmental coalition allocation committee, which helps to dole out city funding to a small group of environmental nonprofits, like the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and the Yampa Valley Land Trust, are calling on the council to increase funding to these organizations.

Colorado Springs man rescued after being thrown off his horse in North Routt County

The man was on a hunting trip with his brother and a friend when he fell from the horse Saturday evening near Swamp Park, north of Mad Creek.

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New hangars under construction at Steamboat Springs Airport

Pilots based at Steamboat Springs Airport soon will have some new neighbors.

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Steamboat City Council approves operating plan for winter air service program

The flight plan for Steamboat Springs' upcoming winter air service program will grow the program's number of round trip seats by 8 percent, expand flights to and from some west coast destinations and dedicate $250,000 to spend on the marketing of winter flights.

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