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Scott Franz

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Adventure of the week: Searching for gold in the Flat Tops

I finally had my camera all dialed in to take the perfect photo of my tent glowing under the stars and golden aspens on Dunkley Pass last Saturday night when I heard something large moving in the bushes behind me around 9 p.m.

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Steamboat Springs resident asks City Council to allow small pigs as pets

“Pigs are incredibly smart, and they’re wonderful companions,” Rory Clow said before listing the other benefits of having small pigs as pets.

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City Council weighs in on capital improvement plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council is poised to soon debate the future of Spring Creek Park, the timing of the construction of a new fire station and whether to add seat belts to regional buses in the wake of a city bus crash that sent several people to the hospital.

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New Emerald Park access slowly chugging along

The city of Steamboat Springs is now hoping to have the new and much-anticipated entrance to Emerald Park open by fall 2017 or spring 2018. But the schedule for the new access remains at the mercy of the railroad.

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City's 4-year-old quest to build new police station nearing finish line?

City, county resolve to reach agreement over shared law enforcement facility

When Routt County commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council members sit down at their Thanksgiving dinner tables this year, they could be saying they are thankful for successfully negotiating a deal to build a shared law enforcement facility that could save taxpayers more than $1 million.

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City, county to discuss shared law enforcement facility plans on Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night to decide whether to keep moving forward with plans for a shared law enforcement facility on the west side of the city.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members raised concerns about ski pass perk, emails show

The discussion occurred following a ski season when two of the ski passes went missing and one councilman caught some flak for his frequent use of the city benefit.

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City's proposed capital plan includes new traffic signals, police and fire facilities and seat belts on regional buses

A new police station and a new fire station remain on the list for possible construction in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

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Yampa Street sees big sales gains in July despite construction

Construction cones, noisy trucks and more limited parking didn’t stop residents and visitors from spending more money on Yampa Street at the peak of the summer tourist season.

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Steamboat Springs City Council president stands by approval of controversial apartment project

“At this point, I’m not willing to reconsider it,” Walter Magill said Thursday. “I’ll be interested in hearing what the court has to say. We looked at each of the variances and had a dialogue on it” before we approved those variances.

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3 men arrested after armed robbery at Steamboat Springs gas station

Two Craig men suspected of carrying out an armed robbery at a convenience store in Steamboat Springs late Wednesday night were arrested less than an hour later after a police officer noticed a truck speeding through the downtown area without headlights on.

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City officials discuss potential water needs for westward expansion

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night got a crash course on the city’s water infrastructure and how much money it might take to water a westward expansion.

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Steamboat Springs marijuana industry continues to grow in 2016

Marijuana dispensaries in Steamboat Springs have sold almost $900,000 more in product so far this year than they did during the first seven months of 2015.

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Area wildfires see significant growth over the weekend

The growth of the fires is also poised to result in the closures of some more trails and recreation areas in the National Forest around Steamboat Springs.

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Man arrested in Hayden following short standoff with police

Law enforcement officers who responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in Hayden Friday night say they encountered a man with a loaded shotgun who was hiding behind a bush and warning authorities he was a marksman.

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Transparency. Transparency. Transparency? Steamboat Springs mulls changes to make government more open

Sometimes, citizens read Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell’s emails before he does. And he doesn’t think it’s that odd.

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Still no fix for broken holiday light system in downtown Steamboat Springs

The holiday lights that have graced the trees on Lincoln Avenue have been dark for two winter seasons, and they might not be back this year.

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City Council still trying to figure out how to avoid marathon meetings

Comcast's television guide program often doesn't anticipate the council's meetings to last past 9 p.m.

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City hiring PR manager to help with outreach, messaging

The city is currently advertising the PR position with a pay range from $60,100 to $90,100, depending on experience.

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City releases log of council's emails

The 85-page log, which does not include the content of the emails, gives an initial glimpse at the topics council members talk to each other about online.

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City Council narrowly approves PR effort for air service program

A related funding request from the stewards of the air service program was controversial in council chambers last year, and the former council cut the $50,000 request in half.

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Man airlifted off Buffalo Pass after motorcycle crash

An off-duty U.S. Forest Service employee from Walden was airlifted off the top of Buffalo Pass Monday after he was injured in a motorcycle crash.

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Big Agnes, Honey Stinger secure new headquarters in Steamboat Springs

Big Agnes and Honey Stinger announced Tuesday their ownership recently closed on the $1.3 million purchase of a 20,500-square-foot building from Vectra Bank on Resort Drive.

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Black Tie Ski Rentals has new owners

Ian Prichard is selling the growing ski rental delivery service he started 14 years ago out of a garage off Hilltop Parkway.

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Steamboat bringing back Restaurant Week

Leaf peepers in Northwest Colorado will have a mouth-watering new reason to make a pit stop in Steamboat Springs at the end of September.

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Trail maintenance endowment fund starting to catch on

A Facebook page has been launched, and the organizers of the Run Rabbit Run race are offering to donate to the fund if volunteers donate their time to help clean up trails after the event.

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Forest Service approves Buffalo Pass trails project

An objection to the trails project from two residents and a Front Range environmentalist delayed the work for several weeks, but U.S. Forest Service officials said the concerns the petitioners raised will ultimately make for a better project.

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Steamboat Springs Transit almost has record-breaking summer performance

More and more riders are catching a free ride aboard Steamboat Springs Transit buses this summer.

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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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