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Scott Franz

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Steamboat Springs City Council sets goals at retreat

With a big development on the horizon, the Steamboat Springs City Council wants to engage the public next year in a conversation about the future character of the downtown area.

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Steamboat Springs successfully recruits winter bus drivers as other ski towns struggle

A team of seasonal bus drivers who hail from at least 11 different states are ready to start shuttling thousands of residents and visitors around Steamboat Springs this winter. But some other Colorado ski resort towns aren’t so lucky this year.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to meet for retreat Friday at Sheraton

The special meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 8 a.m. in the Aspen Room of the resort.

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Pilots received thousands of dollars worth of unauthorized discounts at Steamboat Springs Airport

In a four-month period last year, a series of discounts given to seven pilots totaled $6,340.

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Steamboat Springs residents start to see benefits from new snow-plowing system

City Streets Superintendent David Van Winkle said he’s already received a handful of emails thanking the city for starting a new plowing system that makes the roads wider and leaves fewer windrows, or piles of plowed snow, in front of citizens’ driveways.

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Delay in Buffalo Pass project prompts mountain bikers to defend need for more difficult trails

The U.S. Forest Service temporarily halted construction on a more difficult biking trail on Buff Pass in the fall before the snow started flying because some concerns were raised about the plans for the trail.

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Steamboat Springs Planning Commission rejects approval of several illegal dwelling units on Buena Vista Court

The property owners had hoped new parking plans could bring their units into compliance.

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Steamboat's weather forecast good for skiers, bad for drivers returning from Thanksgiving

Next week’s weather forecast in Steamboat Springs calls for an extended period of snow and cold.

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Test drive a city bus, fire a snow gun and more in Steamboat's upcoming City 101 class

The free class allows citizens to go behind the scenes of city operations and learn how their government functions on a day-to-day basis.

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Voters likely to decide whether Steamboat Springs City Council should keep health insurance

City Attorney Dan Foote said he believes the council has had the option of getting health insurance coverage from the city since 1992. But voters have never approved the benefit as required in the city’s charter.

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Fish Creek Falls trail is first beneficiary of new endowment fund

It hasn’t even turned one yet, but the new Trails Maintenance Endowment Fund in Steamboat Springs is already nearing six figures and paying for trail improvements.

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Colorado looking at pay-per-mile system as possible replacement for stagnant gas tax

CDOT’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Program is specifically testing a system in which drivers would theoretically pay 1.2 cents for every mile they drive as opposed to 22 cents for every gallon of gas they buy.

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Big Steamboat Springs downtown development to enter city planning process soon

A long-dormant development site on the banks of the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs could soon start coming back to life

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Steamboat Springs City Council approves budget; most workers returned to 40-hour work weeks

The Steamboat Springs City Council last week gave final approval to a $73.8 million budget for 2017 that will return most city employees to 40 hours per week and add more personnel to meet new demands.

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Routt County's 2017 budget plan would help fund shared law enforcement facility, major software upgrade

Higher health insurance costs, funding for a shared law enforcement facility and a $1.6 million software replacement and upgrade project are among the highlights of Routt County’s 2017 budget proposal.

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Yampa Street utility work will cause widespread Comcast outages in Steamboat Springs

Late night Netflix and TV watchers in parts of Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Rifle and some parts of Denver will need to find another form of entertainment on two occasions later this month if Comcast is their provider.

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City of Steamboat Springs to try and negotiate with property owner over stabilization of Arnold Barn

With a snowstorm on the horizon, there was an extra sense of urgency to the Steamboat Springs City Council’s Tuesday night discussion about how to save the Arnold barn.

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Tension grows between Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, City Council after bureaucratic delay derails Howelsen Hill ski jump repair

The contractor that was preparing to do emergency repairs on the HS127 ski jump at Howelsen Hill has bailed on the project, leaving the city of Steamboat Springs scrambling to find a new contractor for the vital work as winter weather approaches.

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After year of controversies, Steamboat Springs City Council working to update its code of ethics

The Steamboat Springs City Council has started the process of updating and clarifying its code of ethics at the end of a year when some council members found themselves under fire for behavior that some community members felt was unethical.

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Steamboat Springs City Council thinks parks and rec tax proposal needs more vetting

No council member appeared ready to commit to the tax proposal, which would seek to raise more money for the upkeep and maintenance of parks and recreation amenities.

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Committee to make parks and recreation property tax recommendation Tuesday night

The committee’s tax proposal would seek a new 12.5-mill city property tax that could raise up to $7.9 million annually.

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Steamboat Springs studies housing challenges as other resort towns take action

Summit County voters on Tuesday approved a 0.6 percent sales tax increase that is expected to generate $7.8 million per year for the construction of workforce housing in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and other cities and towns in Summit.

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History falling down: Arnold brothers hope their old barn won't collapse in Steamboat Springs

When Gerald Arnold sees the old, sagging barn at the corner of the Meadows parking lot, he remembers trudging through three feet of snow to milk the cows that used to live inside.

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Fair weather keeps downtown Steamboat Springs construction on track

Bolstered by clear weather, construction crews are nearing the finish line on the first phase of the major improvement project in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Ski Area offering cash incentive to landlords who can house their employees affordably

Steamboat Ski Area spokeswoman Nicole Miller said Thursday there are currently 50 employees on the waiting list for a room at the Ponds, the ski area’s workforce housing complex.

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City of Steamboat Springs secures new tax agreement with Airbnb

Airbnb this month started collecting and remitting the required city sales and lodging taxes for all hosts in the city.

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State Rep. Mitsch Bush wins 3rd term in House District 26

With all but 450 ballots counted, Diane Mitsch Bush was winning 62 percent of the vote in Routt County against Republican challenger Michael Cacioppo.

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Water and sewer rates poised to go up soon in Steamboat Springs

Water and sewer customers in the city of Steamboat Springs will likely see their rates go up by a few bucks a month next year as the city starts to prepare for millions of dollars worth of infrastructure upgrades.

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Steamboat playground designer hopes Yampa River Queen doesn't sink under wrecking ball

In the back of a frigid lift shack at Howelsen Hill, Kerry Kaster spent many of his nights in the late 1980s creating the scale model of what would become Steamboat Springs’ most iconic playground.

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Steamboat Springs City Council gives up ski pass perk

Councilman Scott Ford led the effort to end the council’s ski medallion benefit program, saying it had caused unnecessary angst.

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New state policy could allow Steamboat Springs Transit buses to zip around traffic jams

Drivers who find themselves stuck in traffic jams as they approach downtown Steamboat Springs on a busy day might soon wish they were aboard a city bus.

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Bus fares floated at Steamboat Springs City Council work session

A Steamboat Springs City Councilwoman suggested Tuesday night the city might need to introduce fares on local buses to compensate for an expected loss in federal transportation dollars.

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Steamboat Springs City Council cuts city's request for more personnel

The four council members who endorsed the cut to the $73.8 million budget didn’t specify which of the proposed positions should be cut.

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YVEA prepares to renovate Elk River Road campus

A renovation plan submitted to the city of Steamboat Springs calls for interior renovations, the construction of a 6,450-square-foot addition to connect the two campus buildings, sidewalks with snowmelt systems and several parking lot improvements.

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Don't be a parking grinch; winter restrictions start Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, drivers who leave their cars parked overnight on Lincoln Avenue and other city streets could have their vehicles ticketed or towed.

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City officials propose razing Steamboat's steamboat-themed playground to make way for modern amenities

“”We’ve kept it safe, and we’ve gotten our money out of it, but it’s time for a new playground,” parks supervisor Ernie Jenkins said.

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West Steamboat housing proposal met with scrutiny by some community members

Skepticism and concern were the reactions community members had in Citizens Hall Tuesday when Brynn Grey Partners shared its vision for how it would water hundreds of new housing units on the west end of town.

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Police holding off on enforcing electric bike rules in Steamboat Springs

While municipalities around the country consider changing their rules governing the use of electric bicycles on trails, the Steamboat Springs Police Department has been holding off on enforcing the city’s current rules that disallow the bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail.

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Steamboat Springs City Council funds new holiday lights downtown

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night agreed to spend $35,000 to bring holiday lights back to the trees on Lincoln Avenue.

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City of Steamboat Springs might sue property owner, developer over neglect of iconic Arnold Barn

Community members hope to stabilize structure before winter

The company that owns the land the barn sits on, and the development company that had plans to build homes at the site in the Wildhorse Meadows development, recently denied responsibility for maintaining the structure.

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City Council passes on proposed water plan for new neighborhoods in West Steamboat Springs

Elected officials open to negotiating alternative proposal

Steamboat Springs City Council members on Tuesday night told the developers who want to build new neighborhoods on the west end of town that they need to come back to the table with more water, and a phased plan for annexation, if they want to make their vision a reality.

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Should the Steamboat Springs City Council spend its excess lodging tax money? Apply for your chance to help decide

The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for three volunteers to help the City Council decide what to do with a large pot of unspent lodging tax money that has been accruing for several years.

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Housing, water rates and historic barn preservation highlight heavy Steamboat Springs City Council agenda

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night will discuss the feasibility of adding seven neighborhoods to west Steamboat, consider increasing water and wastewater rates and weigh the future of a historic but neglected barn.

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Steamboat Springs City Council provides update on police station negotiations

If negotiations between the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County over building a shared law enforcement facility in west Steamboat were a football game, City Councilwoman Kathi Meyer said the game would be in the second quarter.

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Highway 9 construction project nears completion

Drivers should expect fewer delays on the highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling as the project nears the finish line.

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After 2 years of darkness, Lincoln Avenue could see return of holiday lights

Main Street Steamboat Springs Manager Lisa Popovich is working as hard as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to try and bring the holiday lights back to downtown Steamboat Springs this year.

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More drivers starting to use city's electric vehicle charging station

Steamboat Springs businesses and nonprofits that have been considering adding an electric vehicle charging station to their parking lots have until Oct. 31 to apply for a chance to receive financial help from the state for their station.

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Dog advocates prepare to submit proposed rule changes to City Council

Trail improvements at Rita Valentine Park, a dog poop composting program and more off-leash zones are among the things dog advocates in Steamboat Springs are considering proposing to city officials in the coming months.

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Steamboat Springs Transit manager named Colorado transportation professional of the year

When Steamboat Springs Transit Manager Jonathan Flint goes on a bus tour in Switzerland, the bus driver has to field more questions from Flint about the bus itself than the surrounding scenery.

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3 horses killed after being hit by truck on South Routt highway

The deceased geldings included 3-year-old Buddy, 8-year-old Partner and 18-year-old Cowboy.

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