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Scott Franz

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Residents start to weigh in on large downtown development proposal

A revised plan for RiverView includes a public riverside path that spans from a proposed public plaza at Fifth and Yampa streets to a piece of open space near the river’s confluence with Spring Creek.

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Planning commission bucks county recommendation, wants part of scenic road to remain public

A public outcry from cyclists, birders and artists helped convince the Routt County Planning Commission to vote against a proposal to privatize part of a scenic county road south of Lake Catamount.

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City officials, Steamboat Ski Area moving ahead with Howelsen Hill talks

City of Steamboat Springs officials don’t think the pending sale of Steamboat Ski Area will throw a mogul in the resort’s potential bid to take over Howelsen Hill operations.

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Could Steamboat Today offices become City Hall? City leaders take a tour with real estate agent

City officials who toured the Steamboat Pilot & Today offices with a realtor on Friday left thinking the large commercial building might be worth pursuing for city facilities.

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Water restrictions to be announced soon in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs residents won’t be able to water their lawns as often as usual this summer due to the drier than normal spring.

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Road construction season heating up in Routt County

When Steamboat Springs residents return from their spring break vacations, they’re likely to be met by more and more construction cones.

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Routt County's top building official steps down

Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs are looking for a new top building official at a time the permitting and inspection workload is heating up.

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Barn brothers: Arnolds reflect on the challenges of growing up on a farm at base of Storm Mountain

Before the umbrella bars, hot tubs and après ski deals, life at the base of Storm Mountain required grit. Lots and lots of grit.

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Outdoor stage, pedicabs and tax proposal on Main Street's summer agenda

Local musicians, poets and other entertainers could have a new outdoor stage to perform on this summer in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Howelsen Hill so nice, the city is master planning it twice

The city of Steamboat Springs is working on yet another master plan for Howelsen Hill less than three years after a draft of a previous master plan was quickly shelved after it created a sense of sticker shock.

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West Steamboat housing developers eyed as possible partners for much-needed trail connections

“It just seems like we’re really underserving those residents of Routt County” by not having more trail connections, City Council President Magill said Tuesday.

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Steamboat's pet-friendly hotel inventory shrinks

It could be a bit more difficult this summer for some Steamboat Springs visitors to find a place to stay with Fido.

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Yampa Street development proposal back with more retail space

Plans for a three-story, mixed-used building with ground floor retail spaces at Sixth and Yampa streets are back in the city planning process this month.

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Mud Season Survival Guide: Quick getaways

Steamboat a bit too ghost-towny for your liking this time of year? Here are a few places you can venture to. And if you leave early enough in the morning, you can be there long before happy hour:

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As more drones buzz Steamboat's skies, airport manager aims to keep airspace safe

“The last thing we want is for a drone to pop up and fly into the windscreen (of a helicopter) or get caught in the rotor head,” Airport Manager Stacie Fain said.

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Petition against Routt County road privatization proposal gains steam

Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan hasn’t decided how he’ll vote next month on a controversial proposal to privatize a short, scenic county road known for its wildlife-viewing opportunities south of Lake Catamount. But he’s hearing from several constituents about it, and he thinks the decision will come down to a balancing act.

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Traily McTrailface? Forest Service invites public to name new Buffalo Pass trail

A city whose residents helped coin a name as quirky and memorable as the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge is going back to the public to help name a new mountain bike trail on Buffalo Pass.

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Steamboat Springs City Council going on a spending spree for police, roads

The city of Steamboat Springs is going on a spring spending spree to improve its streets and build a new, more spacious home for its law enforcement officers.

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Records suggest Steamboat's sporting good stores not absorbing some business lost with Sports Authority

Records show city revenue from sporting goods stores has been lagging behind in six of the last nine months since Sports Authority closed after the company declared bankruptcy.

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Cyclists and birders fear Routt County about to give up a jewel

Routt County commissioners could soon be getting a lot of selfies in their inboxes from cyclists who don’t want to see Routt County Road 18C and its views of wildlife and the Yampa River turn from public to private.

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Sunday night bar brawl in Steamboat Springs almost turned into knife fight

A Sunday night brawl involving four men at a German beer hall in Steamboat Springs left one man wounded with a large bite mark on his back and another man in jail.

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Western ski areas racing each other to build new summer attractions

From Steamboat Springs to Copper Mountain to Idaho, ski resorts are catching mountain coaster fever.

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City of Steamboat Springs to seek $800k more for 2017 road maintenance

If granted, the $800,000 in extra road funding would bring the road maintenance budget to $1.5 million and help keep more of the city’s roads in tip-top shape.

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Franz: Arnold Barn great conversation starter

When I drive tourists around Steamboat Springs in a shuttle bus every weekend, the passengers usually have a lot of questions about our fair city.

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Coloradans would pay 6 extra cents on every $10 purchase under transportation tax proposal

A proposal to raise the state’s sales tax rate to pay for transportation improvements is still cruising along in the state legislature.

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Drivers beware: Two big construction projects starting soon in Steamboat Springs

Drivers in Steamboat Springs will find it very hard to escape cone zones this summer as construction crews continue a major downtown improvement project and overhaul a choke point intersection on the west end of town.

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Adventure 2017: Susan Petersen, Jill Boyd, Kristen Hager — Horseback riding to Peru’s Machu Picchu

Petersen, Jill Boyd and Kristen Hager traversed mountain passes with “enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks,” exploring more than 15 different ecosystems while staying at lodges sitting higher than the summit of Mount Zirkel.

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Steamboat Springs hotel owner raises concerns about new hotel's potential to increase flood risk

A city official and the developers of the new hotel told Steamboat Today that drainage and hydrology studies for the new development show it will have a “negligible impact” on the runoff situation in the area.

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Dog group to unveil 3 concepts for Rita Valentine Park improvements

A 40-space parking area, benches, trees, a water source and a separate play area for small dogs are among the improvements a canine advocacy group is proposing to add to Rita Valentine Park.

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More roundabouts, stoplights in Steamboat's future as traffic grows

Drivers in Steamboat Springs are poised to encounter two or three new roundabouts and two new traffic signals in the coming years as changes are made to accommodate increased traffic around the city.

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New 84-room hotel could get city approval by May 2

The new hotel would be built south of the Fairfield Inn on U.S. Highway 40.

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Steamboat Springs City Council agrees to Arnold Barn preservation deal

The Arnold Barn is a big step closer to getting a sturdier frame.

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City of Steamboat Springs names new public works director

“You really can’t find a better guy,” former city water superintendent Joe Zimmerman said of Jon Snyder, who has worked for the city since 2005. “He’s smart. He’s a quick learner for what he does have to learn. He works well with people and other employees. I’m sure he’ll do great.”

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Need local eggs or beef in a jiffy? Online marketplace now offers same-day pickup

The Community Agriculture Alliance is making it even easier to purchase produce, meats, eggs and baked goods that are made right here in Northwest Colorado.

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Sunglasses, wallets and skis lost in town: The Record for Sunday, March 19, 2017

11:09 a.m. Officers were called to a report of an unattended dog in a car at Soda Creek Elementary School. Officers took no action.

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Beefed up parking enforcement results in more tickets, fines in Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs has made good on a recent promise to step up enforcement of its parking regulations.

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$29M building permit issued for Sheraton Steamboat Resort remodel

The city of Steamboat Springs will get a big chunk of change from a major renovation project scheduled to begin next month at Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

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New businesses popping up around Steamboat Springs

For the first time since before the Great Recession, retail spaces in downtown Steamboat Springs are almost at capacity.

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Public hearings on large downtown development delayed by a month

City planners and the RiverView project applicants are still trying to come to an agreement on the path a public trail will take through the 4.5-acre property, which sits along the Yampa River behind Natural Grocers.

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Steamboat low on Champagne Powder, high on vitamin D

It took only a few hours Saturday for the Yee-Haw Hill at Saddleback Ranch to turn from a great snow tubing hill into a water park.

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City Council to vote on Arnold Barn deal Tuesday

While a new caretaker and a sturdier frame are in sight for the neglected barn, there are still a couple of hurdles that might delay work on the structure.

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Routt County ranchers deliver hay to Kansas ranchers devastated by wildfires

Hayden trucker Donnie Hayes says he knows what hell looks like following a trip he took this week to deliver hay to ranches ravaged by wildfires in southern Kansas.

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Police chief, sheriff to share a wall in new law enforcement facility

The city of Steamboat Springs’ long and bumpy quest to build a new police station is finally nearing the finish line after half a decade of planning.

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Steamboat Ski Area price hikes sting seniors

The price a senior will pay for a 2017-2018 season pass represents a 40 percent, or $200, increase from last ski season’s $499 price tag.

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After 70 years of downtown parking debates and studies, Steamboat residents sound off on social media

A Steamboat Springs City Councilman’s recent pitch for cheaper downtown parking solutions across the Yampa River is being met on social media with calls for bigger, bolder and more expensive solutions.

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State lawmakers want to raise sales tax to pay for transportation needs

Northwest Colorado’s two state legislators have often found themselves on opposite ends of the highway on transportation bills.

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City, county unveil latest plans for shared law enforcement facility in west Steamboat Springs

A flurry of recent progress on planning for a shared law enforcement facility in Steamboat Springs has one of the city’s elected officials saying ‘hot-diggity-dog.’

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Steamboat Ski Area interested in taking over Howelsen Hill operations

City officials made the announcement late Tuesday night and said they would be reviewing the bid in the coming days.

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Public hearings starting soon on large RiverView proposal in downtown Steamboat Springs

A riverside plaza, fishing access and a 12-foot-wide multi-modal trail are among the public amenities that are proposed to be included in the development of the long-dormant RiverView parcel in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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CDOT survey reveals 'disturbing' driving habits

The Colorado Department of Transportation is not encouraged by some of the results of a recent survey that had drivers candidly discuss their driving habits.

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