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Scott Franz

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Watts next? Proposal would allow e-bikes on Yampa River Core Trail

The city is considering allowing e-bikes, which give riders an assist via an electric motor, on the Yampa River Core Trail as a pilot program this summer.

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New Spring Creek Trail proposed for mountain bikers

The downhill-only trail could run from the Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass to the Spring Creek ponds.

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Outdoor Retailer trade show bailing on Utah after disagreement over public lands

Outdoor recreation business leaders are putting their money where their mouths are by taking their biggest trade show out of the state that has hosted it for 20 years following a political feud.

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Scott Franz: On patrol with Steamboat Springs Police Department

I didn’t get to help lure a duck to safety out of a quickly-freezing pond, or witness any dramatic chases and arrests that you see so often on "COPS." But my mostly uneventful ride-along with the Steamboat Springs Police Department last month still furthered my appreciation, and fascination, of the work our police do every day.

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West Steamboat housing proposal evokes strong reactions

Young professionals in Steamboat Springs are emerging as the most vocal supporters of a housing proposal that would add 450 units, including some for workers with lower incomes, to the west side of the city in the coming years.

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Lisel Petis appointed to Steamboat Springs City Council

Young professionals in Steamboat Springs have a new voice on the City Council.

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Steamboat Springs City Council not ready to endorse latest water proposal for housing development

The Steamboat Springs City Council thinks a developer’s latest water proposal for new neighborhoods on the west side of town still is too risky for the community and its taxpayers. But the council is resolved to trying to keep the housing proposal afloat in the coming weeks through some negotiations.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to revisit water proposal for new west end neighborhoods

The Steamboat Springs City Council and a developer interested in building new neighborhoods in west Steamboat will see if they can tread the water issue together on Tuesday night.

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Hooligans deface historic landmark in downtown Steamboat Springs

Greg Kohler said it’s tough driving into downtown Steamboat Springs after dark this month and seeing the beloved neon rabbit in front of his business still suffering from a broken face.

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Battle over controversial Steamboat Springs apartment project heads back to courts

A battle concerning the future of the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs continued in Citizens Hall on Tuesday night as City Council members faced more opposition about its decision to approve a controversial apartment project.

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9 Steamboat Springs residents apply for seat on city council

Tony Connell’s seat on the Steamboat Springs City Council is now one of the hottest tickets in town.

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All That looking for new home in Steamboat Springs

The “for lease” signs on the windows of All That in downtown Steamboat Springs are not signs the 40-year-old business is closing anytime soon.

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Transportation commissioner raises concerns about new state-funded bus service for I-70 ski areas

Northwest Colorado’s representative on the State Transportation Commission thinks a new state-funded bus service catered mostly to skiers traveling to ski resorts along Interstate 70 leaves Colorado’s more isolated resort destinations out in the cold.

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Steamboat Springs city planners not endorsing new Burgess Creek Road condo proposal

The city's planning commission will weigh in on the revised concept for the condos Feb. 9.

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Winter Carnival 2017: Snow sculptures make a comeback

The snow sculptures caused quite a stir when they were abruptly pulled from the 2016 Winter Carnival lineup after there weren’t enough high school students interested in participating that year.

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New backcountry guiding business opens in Steamboat Springs

A new Steamboat Springs business is letting skiers and riders skip the lift lines and learn how to safely make turns in the less-traveled backcountry.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members hoping more residents will apply for open council seat

Only two residents have applied to replace Steamboat Springs City Councilman Tony Connell ahead of next week’s application deadline. The city’s elected officials are hoping more will step forward in the next few days for a chance to serve.

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Monster Steamboat Springs City Council agenda clocks in at 908 pages. Here are the 'CliffsNotes':

If you have a weekend ritual of cozying up with a good Steamboat Springs City Council agenda, it might be a good idea to start that ritual a little earlier this weekend. Make that a lot earlier.

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What's next for Howelsen Hill? City in wait-and-see mode

As community members prepare to usher in another weekend of fun, fireworks and ski jumping through fiery hoops later this month at Howelsen Hill, there are a lot of questions swirling around about the park’s future.

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Economic grow light still shining on Steamboat Springs marijuana industry

City sales tax records show the industry sold $10.8 million in product last year and added $431,113 to the sales tax coffers.

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Refugees in Steamboat Springs unaffected by Trump order, but Dreamers await direction from new administration

West African refugees who have made Steamboat Springs their second village have not been impacted by President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily halting immigration into the country from seven majority-Muslim nations.

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2016 was deadliest year on Routt County highways since 2009

Five people lost their lives driving on Routt County highways in 2016, making last year the deadliest year on local roads since 2009.

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City of Steamboat Springs releases some emails related to controversial Iron Horse decision but withholds others

Emails from Steamboat Springs City Hall offer the public little additional insight into how the city and a developer agreed on a controversial settlement for how to spend $267,000 of public benefit money to buy back an easement the city sold last year at the Iron Horse Inn.

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Steamboat Springs police, cycling advocates weigh in on proposal to let cyclists roll through stop signs

Cyclists would be allowed to treat stop signs as yield signs under a bill that was recently introduced in the state legislature.

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Progress and setbacks after Steamboat Springs City Council gives homeowners an ultimatum

Archie Lowe doesn’t mince his words when he describes the snowplowing situation on Buena Vista Court.

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Possible city tax on Airbnb, short-term rentals tempered in Steamboat Springs by legal realities

The city’s elected officials have learned that pursuing taxes or fees on short-term rentals to help fund community housing would be complicated, expensive and perhaps even unfeasible.

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Steamboat Springs City Council seeking applicants to replace Tony Connell

Steamboat Springs residents who want to serve on the City Council have until Feb. 7 to apply for a chance to be appointed for the job.

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Steamboat Springs City Council appears ready to move forward with housing recommendations

A work session focused on addressing community housing shortfalls was marked by new commitments from elected officials and a back and forth between a city council member and the head of one of the city’s largest lodging properties about how much of a role local employers will play in helping to solve the problem.

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New vision for Steamboat base area condo project

The developers who were planning to build a controversial 14-unit condominium project on Burgess Creek Road near the base of Steamboat Ski Area have scaled back their plans.

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3rd attempt at funding for downtown BID likely to go to voters in 2017

Could the third time be the charm for the effort to fund a business improvement district in downtown Steamboat Springs?

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Steamboat Springs City Council to weigh in on housing recommendations on Tuesday

Members of a steering committee that spent months studying the region’s housing woes are hoping elected officials in Steamboat Springs will soon be willing to start taking some action and “do things differently” than the city has in the past.

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Homeowners on Buena Vista Court given 47 days to try and solve parking, snow removal woes

Renters living in illegal secondary units on Buena Vista Court will have some more time to stay in their homes while their landlords try to solve some contentious parking and snow-removal problems that have been causing headaches on the cul-de-sac.

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Steamboat Springs city manager addresses snow removal complaints

Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter is attributing a flurry of snow-removal complaints in the city to the combination of frequent, heavy snowfall and small private contractors not following plowing rules.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members weigh in on city’s controversial new PR practice

Steamboat Springs City Council members have different reactions to the news that the city’s public relations manager is manufacturing quotes for officials in city press releases.

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Some fear potential tax overload as community groups eye 2017 ballot initiatives in Steamboat Springs

With as many as six or seven local tax initiatives headed for the ballot in 2017, some community groups are starting to take steps they hope will prevent a case of tax heartburn in the electorate that dooms them all.

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Rita Valentine Park improvements get high-profile endorsement

On more than one occasion, Don Valentine has had to make a trek to a public meeting to defend the park that is named after his late wife. But last week, Valentine found himself praising the latest idea for the park.

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Excessive celebration flag thrown on Lincoln Avenue: The Record for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

9:44 p.m. Officers were called to a report of some Green Bay Packers fans who may have been celebrating their team's victory too much in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Steamboat Springs City Council president uncomfortable with new PR position manufacturing 'quotes' for city officials

Even Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill eventually admitted his “quote” in a recent press release from City Hall didn’t sound like Walter Magill.

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Still no deal on Arnold Barn, but negotiations continue

The Arnold Barn will have to hold on through a few more snow storms before its future becomes clear.

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Potential Howelsen Hill suitors emerge

The city of Steamboat Springs' search for a new operator of Howelsen Hill has produced four potential bidders.

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Tony Connell stepping down from Steamboat Springs City Council

Citing work demands and his desire to spend more time with his family, Steamboat Springs City Councilman Tony Connell plans to step down from the council next month.

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Steamboat Springs City Council weighs in on proposal to buy Yampa Street lot for future bridge

The Steamboat Springs City Council does not appear to be willing to buy another piece of property on Yampa Street that some community members have eyed as another riverside park with a new pedestrian bridge.

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Dog group eyes third off-leash park in Steamboat Springs

But before the new off-leash area at Whistler Park goes beyond the conceptual phase, the city wants to hear from residents about the idea.

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Cycling advocates push back on summer visitor survey showing decline in summer biking tourism

Some city leaders recently pointed to the results of the survey as evidence the city might want to invest more of its lodging tax dollars in flatter, more accessible trails instead.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss possibility of investing in another Yampa Street property

The owner of 655 Yampa Street pitched the property to the city in the fall with a price tag of $1.3 million.

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Future of Rita Valentine Park back on Parks and Rec agenda

A community group that wants to improve local parks for canines will seek public input Wednesday evening on a proposal to add new dog-related amenities to Rita Valentine Park.

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Used snowplow ordered by Steamboat Springs City Council is experiencing breakdowns

The Steamboat Springs City Council learned this week that its decision to buck a city staff recommendation and buy used snowplowing equipment instead of new vehicles has likely not come without some consequences.

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Steamboat Springs lays out Texas-sized welcome mat for MusicFest

Shiner Bock is on sale. Hundreds of kegs are headed to the ski area. And downtown businesses are staying open later on Thursday night.

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Snow sculptures returning to Winter Carnival

Community members and businesses will now be able to join area students in the snow sculpting competition.

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