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Steamboat Springs City Council could meet in executive session Tuesday to discuss recent police investigation

Closed-door session could focus on options for bringing closure to investigation

Steamboat Springs' new top cop on Tuesday night will tell the city's elected officials that while it has been a tough year for the community and his department, there is a sense of encouragement that the culture of the department is changing for the better.

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Off-duty Steamboat Springs firefighters use Heimlich maneuver to save a fellow diner

The firefighters were at Cafe Diva restaurant with their wives for date night.

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City plans to start releasing more marijuana sales tax data

The upcoming monthly releases of marijuana sales tax data also could be used to estimate how many of the sales are coming from locals and tourists.

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City outlines possible changes to Howelsen Hill operating plan

Potential changes include the addition of a aerial adventure course and zipline in the summer, and a privately run ski school in the winter.

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Howelsen Hill to open Saturday

A lift ticket at the city's century-old ski hill will cost $25, not much more than the $20 lift tickets sold at Howelsen three ski seasons ago.

Intrawest selling vacation club division for $85 million

A one-year trial membership in the vacation club costs $1,899 and allows members to stay at all nine properties.

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Mainstreet Steamboat Springs to roll out several changes in new year

Steamboat Springs is one of three communities in Colorado selected to participate in a National Main Street Center pilot program that will test a "revamped" approach to the Mainstreet program.

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Trail maintenance endowment fund launches with $10k donation

City officials and local land managers have made it clear they currently don't have enough funds in their own budgets to take on the responsibility of maintaining the new trails that are being created with the backing of millions of dollars in lodging tax funds.

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City seeks proposals for new sidewalk and trail connections in southern city limits

New concrete trail connections would allow hotel guests and others safer, more convenient access to the Walton Creek Trail and the Core Trail.

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Steamboat Ski Area will offer top-to-bottom skiing on Scholarship Day

The Steamboat Ski Area plans to open 31 trails across 168 acres Wednesday.

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Planning commission approves conceptual plan for 180-unit condo complex near Walgreens

The city's Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the conceptual plans for a 180-unit development that would feature 11 four-story residential buildings on a 6.73-acre lot.

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Bamboo ski pole company, agriculture tech entrepreneur take top prizes in business plan competition

A growing bamboo ski pole company and a local entrepreneur trying to create the equivalent of a Fitbit for cattle now have some more money to grow their businesses thanks to their victories in a local business plan competition.

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Steamboat Ski Area will launch season with new RFID passes, other upgrades

The passes now use a technology called radio frequency identification, or RFID, to automatically open gates and give skiers access to the lifts.

Steamboat Springs City Council hires search firm to help recruit next city manager

Slavin Management Consultants in January will launch a nationwide search for a new city manager.

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Wildlife officials report some progress on bear issue but challenges remain

Mauled trash cans, tricky relocation operations and a report of a bear taking a ride in a garbage truck are fresh signs Steamboat Springs still has room to improve when it comes to keeping local wildlife out of garbage and trouble.

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After strong initial interest, city says marijuana business license inquiries have tapered off

Assistant City Attorney Dan Foote said prior to August, the city was hearing from as many as two new individuals each month who wanted to get in on the local marijuana industry in some form.

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City Council to consider downtown blight designation on Tuesday

Poor pedestrian lighting, missing sidewalks and the presence of a flood zone were some of the things that led a consultant to deem the downtown area blighted last year.

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Truck carrying cookies and creamer rolls on Rabbit Ears, closes highway

The driver was not injured in the crash.

As community housing ordinance suspension continues, new council can consider other options

The former city council in August decided to order another yearlong suspension of the city's affordable housing ordinance that formerly required developers to create affordable units in their projects or pay a fee in lieu of their creation.

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Additional regional bus service starts Sunday between Craig, Steamboat

Steamboat Springs Transit secured $132,515 in state funds to expand the service at a time the regional bus line is seeing more passengers.

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City council chooses new leaders, adopts 2016 budget

Big tasks still await the new council in the coming weeks.

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Some winter trail closures no longer voluntary in National Forest

Not satisfied with the public's response to voluntary trail closures, the U.S. Forest Service is making some of the closures in popular areas such as Mad Creek mandatory for the first time.

Colorado sheriffs oppose housing Guantanamo Bay detainees in state prisons

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and Moffat County Sheriff K.C. Hume are among several elected officials in the state expressing opposition to the possibility of relocating Guantanamo Bay detainees to Colorado.

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New city council could try to release more information about police investigation

During their campaigns, the four community members who won seats on the council vowed to find a way to bring some closure to the police investigation after the city denied the public access to several reports that detailed the findings of the investigation.

City eyes higher fees for overdue water bill notices

For half of a day every month, the city's water department employees fan out across the city to deliver dozens of notices that warn water customers if they don't pay their bills that are more than 60 days past due their water will be shut off.

The Housing Hunt: Higher prices leave some community members homeless

"A lot of people are living in storage units, and a lot are sleeping in their cars," Angela Mackey said.

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The Housing Hunt: Low income workers face challenges as rental units become more costly, scarce

In Chiauaua, Mexico, where Edgar had his own dental practice, he never had to worry about where he would be living the next day.

Steamboat City Council to consider 2016 budget proposal Tuesday

The budget will undo the cuts made last year to winter bus service, add a new human resources manager and commission a study aimed at figuring out what is going on in the soil beneath the surface of Howelsen Hill. But it won't include the new ranger division the city wanted or some of the additional full-time equivalents it said it needed to improve customer service and meet new demands.

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Parks and rec commission endorses ice arena expansion

The endorsement came last week after several leaders of the local youth hockey, lacrosse and soccer organizations talked to the commission about how the expansion of the ice arena could benefit them.

Intrawest reports another uptick in season pass sales

Intrawest's latest earnings report shows sales of the company's season and multi-day passes are up 10 percent versus the same time last year.

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New council will decide what to do with Iron Horse sale proceeds

Councilman Tony Connell said most of the other proposals for the Iron Horse were around $1 million or less, a figure substantially lower than the $3.05 million Ski Town Commercial offered.

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As driverless cars get closer to market, state announces new initiative to bring more tech to roadways

Hundreds of engineers, elected officials and state transportation leaders gathered in Denver on Wednesday to plan for what many expect will be the greatest shift to the country's transportation system since Americans traded their horses and buggies for Model Ts.

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Council votes to sell Iron Horse

The buyers of the Iron Horse said they plan to renovate the property and add more density for workforce housing.

Steamboat man arrested after police find stolen ATM in creek bed

The ATM was reported stolen last month from the Steamboat Ski Area and contained an estimated $4,480 when it was taken.

Search firms outline how they would recruit new city manager in Steamboat Springs

Firms outline recruiting strategies for hiring new city manager

The City Council on Tuesday night will decide whether to choose one of the firms and kick off the city manager recruiting process or defer and leave the entire process to the new city council that will be seated next month.

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Iron Horse could be sold Tuesday

It was a lifesaver for bus drivers, City Market employees, hospital workers, a former city manager and a public works director when affordable housing was nearly impossible to find in Steamboat Springs in 2007 and 2008.

River advocacy group eyed Iron Horse property as new public park

"Anytime we have a piece of property that borders the bike path and the river, it's inspiring to us," Friends of the Yampa board member Kent Vertrees said. "We had a great opportunity there."

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New Steamboat Springs City Council will be tasked with improving strained relationships with other elected officials

New city leaders will be tasked with improving relationships with other boards

In recent months, there has been some friction between the council and city staff and the Steamboat Springs School Board, Routt County commissioners and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club over a number of big community issues.

Red Cross helping Steamboat family displaced by trailer fire

Steamboat Springs Fire Marshal Doug Shaffer said the family was eating dinner Monday evening when they noticed an ember come down from a pipe on a wood stove that was in use.

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Campaign spending lopsided in Steamboat Springs City Council races

Campaign finance reports filed with the city show what each candidate had raised and spent between Sept. 1 and Oct. 8 in the four city council races that drew 11 candidates.

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City Council's top 2 Iron Horse options included a sale to BAP, Big Agnes and Honey Stinger

As it sat down behind closed doors last month to consider getting rid of the Iron Horse Inn, the Steamboat Springs City Council had a seemingly tough choice to make.

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City names new police chief

Cory Christensen has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience.

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Workman Park taking shape on Yampa Street

The two construction projects that are happening on both ends of Yampa Street right now are poised to significantly change the look and feel of the city's downtown roadway.

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Newspaper asks city to reconsider Iron Horse records request denial

Attorney disagrees with city's refusal to release Iron Horse proposals

Chris Beall, the paper's First Amendment attorney, said the city should reverse its decision and release the records because the city's denial of them is “based on a clearly erroneous understanding of law.”

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City council candidates promise fresh start at candidate forum

The 11 community members running for Steamboat Springs City Council weighed in on the city's bear problems, marijuana rules, government transparency and much more Thursday night in front of a large audience at the Steamboat Grand.

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City of Steamboat Springs aims to create more child care centers

City officials see home-based child care centers as the quickest way to increase capacity in a city where dozens of parents are stuck on waiting lists to get their children and infants in existing centers.

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Council makes early funding commitment to Free Summer Concert Series

Council members believe their financial commitment will remove some of the drama that has occurred in recent years when the hyper-popular concert series has not received as much city money as it would have liked.

Council will have 5 city attorney applicants to choose from

It will be the first time in 21 years the council has hired a new city attorney.

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Council approves 1st reading of Iron Horse sale, denies records request to release other proposals

Council members felt that releasing the other seven proposals it has considered for the Iron Horse could damage the pending sale to Ski Town Commercial.

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Steamboat Springs City Council opposes school district's $92 million bond proposal

“I'm just shocked at the (financial) exposure we could have if this passes,” Council President Bart Kounovsky said.