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Scott Franz

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Dog working group starts meeting Tuesday

Dog advocates in Steamboat Springs will gather in Citizens Hall Tuesday night to start sniffing out some possibilities to make the city more dog friendly.

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Bow hunters rescued from cliffs on Mount Werner

Two rescuers with headlamps rappelled down the cliffs in the dark to get to the bow hunters and hoist them down to safety.

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City on final approach with airport manager hiring

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said Tuesday the city plans to interview four finalists for the job next week.

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Main Street touts accomplishments in state of the street address

Popovich said as of July, 15 new businesses had opened, and seven had closed downtown.

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City calls in help to boost Yampa River flow

In announcing the water releases, the city noted that below average summer rainfall has kept Yampa River flows slower.

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Steamboat Springs City Council orders property owner to produce maintenance plan for historic barn

Historic preservationists are calling on the Steamboat Springs City Council to hold a property owner’s feet to the fire to help save a historic barn that is being neglected near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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2nd downtown Steamboat Springs bar faces penalties for serving after hours this summer

Police officers on July 10 found bar patrons at The Pit on Fifth BBQ drinking alcohol after 2:33 a.m., according to a police report.

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City Council bucks developers' Iron Horse spending proposal

The council felt many of the items in the developers’ proposal were deferred maintenance items the developer should pay for, not public improvements that would benefit the community.

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City Council discusses potential impact of large housing proposal in west Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday expressed concern about the impact a major development proposal for up to 1,600 new housing units on the west end of town would have on a city staff that is already struggling to keep up with the developments they already have on their plate.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members surprised, angered, stumped by request for emails

As more cities across Colorado and the nation put the email communications of their elected officials online for the public to review for free, city council members in Steamboat Springs are still communicating online with each other in a manner that concerns government transparency advocates.

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Developers want to spend Iron Horse public improvement funds on new appliances, decks and roof repair

The request is poised to spark a debate in council chambers Tuesday on whether the city should agree to spend money that was set aside for public improvements on the interiors and exteriors of the buildings the city no longer owns.

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Firefighters prepare for possible spread of new wildfire in Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area

The U.S. Forest Service has called in six fire engines and a reconnaissance helicopter to try to prevent a lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area from heading west toward ranches and homes southeast of Stagecoach.

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Potential developers of Steamboat 700 site seek pre-annexation agreement

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will be asked to kick off a public process that could ultimately lead to the annexation and development of new residential neighborhoods on the west side of the city.

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Ranchers bring the sizzle to Routt County Fair

“I’m literally drooling over here,” a Routt County Cattlewomen volunteer said as the steaks neared completion on a grill outside of a barn.

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City seeks volunteers to help repair Emerald Mountain trails

Some trails will need some work following an extensive logging project that started on Emerald in July.

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City planners reviewing several new development projects

A plan to convert the old Staples building into an urgent care center and a proposal to renovate Yampa Valley Electric Association’s headquarters are among the many development applications city planners are reviewing this month.

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Dog meeting in Steamboat Springs goes off leash

A community meeting about dog issues went off leash on Tuesday evening when some audience members started barking at city officials, saying the enforcement of the city’s leash law has been “unreasonable” and the city had declared war on dogs.

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Beaver Creek Fire heats up again

Firefighters reported on Sunday that the Beaver Creek Fire was the most active it has been in nearly a week.

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Family thankful for community support after losing home to fire

“We’re still pretty much in shock, but I don’t think there’s probably any other place in the world that is as tight as this community,” Gardner Flanigan said Monday.

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Hotel gets approval to sound steamboat whistle every day in Gondola Square

Don’t be startled if it sounds like a steamboat is signaling its arrival in Gondola Square this winter.

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Off-road vehicle enthusiasts give another gift to land managers in Routt County

A club of off-road vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy revving their engines in the Routt National Forest have given yet another gift to the land managers in Northwest Colorado

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Buffalo Pass trails project remains on hold

A plan to build a more expansive and sustainable trail system on Buffalo Pass for cyclists, hikers, equestrians and off-highway vehicle drivers still is in a holding pattern this summer because of environmental concerns.

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Closure of Glenwood Canyon could send more trucks and traffic to Steamboat Springs

Rockfall mitigation work in Glenwood Canyon is poised to send some more trucks and traffic on a long, construction-filled detour route in Northwest Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday.

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SmartWool has new logo, socks, and soon, a new president

The leaders of SmartWool don’t foresee any changes to the sock company’s operations in Steamboat Springs following the recent departure of president Mark Satkiewicz, who was a strong advocate for having the company grow in the Yampa Valley.

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Sales tax growth stunted in Steamboat's cone zones

The impact to sales tax growth due to construction was not as great as city officials feared it could have been.

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City recommends council order structural assessment of neglected Butterfly Barn

The Steamboat Springs City Council could soon take the first step toward saving a historic barn being neglected near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Adventure of the week: Finding solitude at the sand dunes

It’s getting harder and harder to find solitude, even here in Northwest Colorado.

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Snapdragon Way almost ready to reopen

The closest thing to a moonscape in Steamboat Springs has been paved over.

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Council approves Bear River Park plan, but funding still in question

But don’t ask the council to fund the vision for Bear River Park anytime soon.

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City Hall to reopen on Friday mornings

The city in 2009 decided to close City Hall to the public on Fridays and extend hours on other days of the week as part of a budget-balancing furlough program that reduced city employees’ hours and wages by 10 percent.

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Council president questioned need for latest closed-door meeting on Howelsen negotiations

Council members are seeking changes to the joint use agreement, which spells out both sides’ maintenance and operating responsibilities at the historic ski hill, to give the city more financial security in the future.

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City Council votes down sin tax proposal

The revenue generated from the taxes would have been spent on substance abuse treatment and prevention efforts.

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City Council to discuss historic barn maintenance, Howelsen Hill future Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council will begin to move through its heavy agenda at 5 p.m. in Citizens Hall.

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Reports of big changes at base area resort raise many questions in Steamboat Springs

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort has told some prospective guests in recent weeks it is getting out of the conference business at the end of the ski season.

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Parks and Rec Commission to discuss electric bike rules as some press for changes

The bikes, which give riders an assist via an electric motor, are currently relegated to city streets and sidewalks outside of the downtown commercial center.

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City to host community meeting to discuss dog rule options

With debates about the city’s level of leash law enforcement and dog friendliness starting to heat up this summer, the city has scheduled a community meeting for Aug. 16 in Citizens Hall to seek input on its dog rules.

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Residents fear one of Steamboat's historic barns nearing the end after years of neglect

Before it was boxed into a corner next to a busy parking lot, tagged with heart-shaped graffiti and littered with cans and an old shopping cart, the Arnold family's iconic metal-roofed barn was a prominent landmark in the Yampa Valley.

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Parks and rec commission to oversee competition for excess lodging tax revenue

If community interest in the unspent lodging tax revenue is as strong as it was three years ago, the parks and recreation commission will oversee quite the competition.

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Spring Creek dam in need of costly repairs or replacement

The city of Steamboat Springs will soon have to decide whether it wants to spend as much as $1 million to replace a dam and preserve a pond at one of its most idyllic parks.

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Bighorn sheep continue a comeback in Mount Zirkel Wilderness

At $6 per head, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep used to be the most valuable cut of wild game meat consumed by pioneers in Routt County in the late 1800s.

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Businesses adapt to life in construction zone

How are businesses on Yampa Street faring with the major construction project that has put fences, noisy equipment and dust in front of their storefronts? It really depends on who you ask.

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Going the extra mile: Several miles of new trail in the works in Steamboat Springs area

In a place where trail builders have imagined developing seamless trails all the way to Dinosaur National Monument, big dreams are starting to become reality.

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Yampa River cleanup day removes beers, flip flops, undies and a computer monitor from water

The volunteers who spent hours cleaning up the Yampa River after the busy Fourth of July weekend will likely never know how that computer monitor got into the water.

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Residents urge City Council to make Steamboat more dog friendly

Former city councilwoman Kathy Connell is one of the residents urging the city to create more dog parks and tweak its ordinances to make them friendlier to dog owners.

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City kicks off 2017 budget season banking on 3 percent gain in sales tax revenue

Council members got a preview of the 2017 budget Tuesday night.

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Geologists start new survey of Howelsen Hill

"This is a very complex little spot," city facilities manager Steve Hoots said Monday.

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The Mighty Zirkel: Take a hike to the tallest peak in Routt County

The hardest part of summiting Mount Zirkel wasn’t the daring leap over a raging, ice-cold creek on the trek up Red Dirt Pass.

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Resident drops ethics complaint against Steamboat Springs City Council president

A Steamboat Springs resident who accused City Council President Walter Magill of corrupting and improperly influencing a variance hearing in January has dropped his code of ethics complaint against the elected official.

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Man dies in motorcycle crash west of Steamboat Springs

The man was driving the motorcycle with a female passenger when the motorcycle crashed and came to rest in a ditch.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Charlie MacArthur

He helped picked the city's new police chief and he helped build the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College. And those are just two of the many big things Charlie MacArthur has done in the community in recent years.

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