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Big decisions await Steamboat Springs City Council early in 2016

Construction of new facilities. Expansions of existing ones. The hiring of the city's next top employee. All of these items and more will be under consideration in Citizens Hall before the snow starts to melt.

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City to create new master plan for Bear River Park

The city anticipates being able to make improvements at the park in 2017.

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Extra buses will help revelers get home safely Friday morning

Community members who don't want to chance ringing in the New Year at the Routt County Jail after a DUI arrest have more options than usual for a safe ride home in the wee hours of Friday morning as SST will be running additional service.

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City of Steamboat Springs considering changes to youth football programs to prevent concussions, injuries

"The big question is what is best for the kids?" city youth sports league coordinator David Stevenson said.

City seeks applicants for several boards, commissions

Want to help plan the future of Bear River Park? Have a knack for evaluating multi-million dollar building proposals based on their adherence to city codes? The city of Steamboat Springs wants you to serve on one of its many volunteer boards and commissions that make recommendations to the CIty Council.

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Stakes are high in search for Steamboat's next city manager

Stakes are high as City Council kicks off recruiting process

The city of Steamboat Springs will soon kick off what is expected to be a five-month-long recruiting effort to find a new city manager.

Man faces vehicle theft charge after DUI arrest

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft after a woman came home from vacation and told authorities the man had stolen her SUV and caused it to be impounded during a recent DUI arrest.

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Life before snowmaking

Colorado's ski areas used to turn to grit, prayer and snow dancers during hard times. A string of terrible winters changed everything.

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New study puts Colorado ski industry's impact at $4.8 billion

Ski industry officials are already thinking of ways strong data could be used to help the industry grow.

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Iron Horse sale closes, city releases losing bids

Now that the sale of the Iron Horse Inn has closed for $3.05 million, the city of Steamboat Springs is giving the public a look at the seven other proposals that were passed over for the property.

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City Council will consider using lodging tax reserves to expand ice arena

Use of lodging tax reserves to expand facility is being considered

Proponents of the project say it will benefit youth sports, bring more visitors to Steamboat, give the public more time to skate on the ice and also generate more revenue for the city. The $2.5 million project already has significant backing from private fundraisers.

Skier who died at Steamboat Ski Area is identified as Louisville man

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg identified the man who died skiing on Mount Werner on Tuesday afternoon as James Wasicka, 70, of Louisville.

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Dan Foote hired as city attorney after receiving a wave of community support

Dan Foote's selection preceded by strong community support

The appointment of the new city attorney Tuesday night prompted a celebration not often seen in the Steamboat Springs City Council's chambers.

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Police chief will create new summary of police investigation for public

The council on Dec. 1 voted against such a summary in a close and controversial vote, but the public outcry against the decision led the city's elected officials to change course.

Police investigating downtown assault

The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Tuesday was investigating a report of a man who grabbed a woman from behind and knocked her down on Yampa Street on Monday evening.

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Emails show City Council got an earful from disappointed constituents after police investigation vote

New city website reveals community wants more information about police probe

Shortly after Council President Walter Magill said last week that he felt it was only a "vocal minority" in the community wanting more information released about the police probe, the council's email inbox started lighting up with messages from disappointed citizens.

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Police investigation, city attorney hiring and ice arena expansion headline Tuesday Steamboat Springs City Council agenda

The public will find out Tuesday what the Steamboat Springs City Council intends to do to try and bring closure to a recent internal police investigation that is still on the minds of many community members months after it concluded.

Steamboat Springs City Council could hire new city attorney on Tuesday

After more than three hours of interviews with four candidates last week, it wasn't immediately clear who will be offered the job that has become vacant for the first time in more than two decades.

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As pen pals, doctors from around the globe end up teaching each other new tricks

A Steamboat Springs' eye doctor's pen pal relationship with a Vietnamese eye doctor is poised to bring benefits to patients on the other side of the globe.

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Looking to try a new restaurant in downtown Steamboat? You have plenty of options this ski season.

A new Irish tavern, a restaurant boasting a farm-to-table concept and a new sports bar and family restaurant are among the many new places in downtown Springs to eat this ski season.

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I-70 mountain toll lane opens Saturday

Weather permitting, drivers on Saturday will be able to test out the new I-70 Mountain Express Lane that runs east from Empire to Idaho Springs.

City attorney resigns

City Attorney Tony Lettunich suddenly tendered his resignation to the Steamboat Springs City Council Wednesday morning, ending a career with the city that started more than two decades ago.

Police probe's cost to city goes well beyond the services of the investigator

The Steamboat Springs City Council is expecting a supplemental budget request on Tuesday for costs associated with the investigation that went beyond the city's budget.

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After public outcry and a conflict of interest, Steamboat Springs City Council will reconsider police investigation vote

Councilman Scott Ford said Tuesday night the council has recently received more than 30 emails from constituents who want the council to reconsider its vote.

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Water quality testing in Yampa River could lead to new classification and regulations

The stretch of the Yampa River that runs from the confluence of Oak Creek south of Steamboat to the Moffat County border is poised to be listed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as an impaired waterbody.

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Mambo Italiano has new ownership and menu

New Mambo Italiano owner Hannah Hopkins, who is partnering in the business with current owner Jeremy McGray is labeling 2015 as the year of new beginnings.

Water testing on Yampa River could lead to more regulations after reclassification

The stretch of the Yampa that runs from the confluence of Oak Creek south of Steamboat to the Moffat County border is poised to be listed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as an impaired waterbody.

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Potential conflict of interest could cause Steamboat Springs City Council to revisit police probe vote

Council President says council member's flying lessons with subject of probe should have been disclosed

Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill said Councilwoman Heather Sloop should have disclosed that she had taken flying lessons with Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle before Sloop voted to not release more information about the recent police investigation.

Winter bus schedule starts Sunday

Riders will notice the transfers, service reductions and more uncommon color lines that irked riders last winter are now in the rearview mirror.

Steamboat Springs City Council starts talking 2016 priorities at retreat

The council also talked about meeting procedures and its recent 4-3 vote against releasing more of a summary of a recent internal police investigation.

Winter bus schedule starts Sunday

Riders will notice the transfers, service reductions and more uncommon color lines that irked riders last winter are now in the rear view mirror.

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Some see lack of transparency, broken campaign promises after Steamboat Springs City Council vote

Some community members and former council members are calling the council's vote a knock against government transparency.

Steamboat Springs City Council to set goals on Friday

Friday's retreat in Citizens Hall is open to the public.

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Council members call for new Howelsen Hill joint use agreement

"Ski areas are expensive to operate," Councilman Scott Ford said Tuesday at a council workshop about the city's historic ski hill. "We're looking at how we can cap the risk."

New police chief talks priorities, staffing shortage with city council

The department is still down a captain, two sergeants, three detectives, a records supervisor and a school resource officer.

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After council vote, public likely won't see any more findings from internal police investigation

The 4-3 vote against seeking more information for the public came immediately after the council met for an hour behind closed doors to receive legal advice from City Attorney Tony Lettunich and a Denver attorney who works for the city's insurance company and specializes in employment issues.

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.