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Steamboat City Council narrowly approves retail marijuana license for Golden Leaf

Three council members wanted to table the vote because of an ongoing state investigation into Golden Leaf's medical marijuana operations.

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New Steamboat Springs Airport manager starting to settle in

The airport hadn't had an official manager since Mel Baker left for the Front Range in November, and there were lots of emails to respond to and work to get caught up on.

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City of Steamboat now recommending approval of retail marijuana license for Golden Leaf

After multiple failed inspections and some problems two of the store's owners have had filling out paperwork correctly, city officials say they still have some concerns about the business.

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Steamboat City Council to consider solar garden proposals Tuesday night

The alternative energy option comes as city staff is recommending the council start to devise a new energy purchase and usage policy that could help guide the city's future energy decisions.

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Event at Hahn's Peak Roadhouse celebrates vintage snowmobiles

Visitors to the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse on Saturday could have been forgiven for thinking they had been suddenly beamed back in time.

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New medical helicopter service lands in Steamboat Springs

Classic Lifeguard helicopter service will operate out of Steamboat Springs Airport

Classic Lifeguard, a medical helicopter service based out of Utah, is planning to fly into Steamboat Springs in March to set up its first Colorado base at Bob Adams Field.

Charges filed against man accused of cutting his stepson during fight in Dream Island

Investigators believe Pina was trying to harm his wife with a kitchen knife when the stepson intervened just before 2 a.m.

Steamboat Springs man arrested after a stabbing at Dream Island

Police said the victim of the stabbing was a 17-year-old boy who was trying to protect his mother from the man. The boy sustained a non-life threatening knife wound to the arm.

Education Fund Board Grant Commission to vet requests Wednesday night

The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board received $3.5 million in requests this funding cycle and will have to trim that down by nearly $700,000 to meet its budget of $2.8 million.

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Team of skilled mechanics helps keep city of Steamboat Springs ticking

The City of Steamboat Springs' mechanics face the challenge of prioritizing a number of work orders that get tricky when ambulances, police cars and plow trucks all start coming in at the same time.

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Local trainers offer advice for sticking to New Year's fitness resolutions

January is the month in which health clubs across the country see a big spike in new members, many of whom are embarking on a New Year's resolution to get fit. February is the time a sizable number of these people start trailing off.

Hayden moving forward with downtown parking, signage studies

Tammie Delaney, a Hayden business owner who serves on the town's economic development commission, said it may not seem to some residents like the downtown area has a problem issue now, but the study will account for future growth.

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Steamboat Springs lands new nonstop summer air service from Houston

United AIrlines will offer the four flights each week on a 50-seat regional jet through Sept. 1.

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Promenade at base of Steamboat Ski Area featured in new magazine article

Danny Paul, a staff engineer for the city of Steamboat Springs who works on the base area projects, said the project can continue to serve as a “good model” for other communities.

Steamboat ends 2013 with strongest monthly sales tax gain of the year

Sales tax revenue grew by 10 percent, or $222,703, in December 2013 over December 2012.

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Steamboat Springs' rodeo grounds poised to get biggest makeover in more than 20 years

When all the dust settles, Brent Romick envisions the facility that bears his name will be a stronger year-round facility with better seats, safer infrastructure and bigger crowds.

School day in South Routt School District could be lengthened with new calendar

School board President Jules Palyo said Wednesday that the possibility of lengthening the school day and adding more planning time for teachers stems from a low academic rating the district's elementary school received.

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Lot at Pine Grove Road and Central Park Drive is latest site under consideration for new police station

Both sides stress the idea still is in the concept phase, and the hospital-owned lot is one of at least five places the city still is seriously considering to build the police station.

Study finds the availability of primary care doctors in Northwest Colorado is higher than in other rural areas

The study looked at health care regionally and found that in Routt, Moffat, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties, there is one full-time equivalent primary care physician for every 2,080 residents.

More than 20 miles of highway in Routt County available to adopt for clean-up duty

The tightening inventory of adoptable road in Routt County — there were more than 25 miles available in 2010 — comes as other efforts are underway to extend the cleaning to county roads and city streets.

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Plan to make urban growth boundary amendment process easier is moving forward

The Steamboat City Council and Routt County Commissioners are interested in creating a new process for minor changes to the hard urban growth boundary.

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Multifamily development earns approval from Steamboat City Council despite neighbors' objections

City planning staff received a “substantial” amount of public feedback on the Chadwick Estate Villas project near the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Some Steamboat City Council members disappointed city has to forgo chance to apply for $1 million Core Trail extension grant

The escalating cost of the trail extension south to the Legacy Ranch and a lack of any matching funds in the budget to get it done led city staff to the decision last week.

New solar garden planned for Craig captures buying interest of elected officials in Routt County

During a joint meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Commission on Tuesday night, officials resolved to have their staffs look further into the possibility of purchasing panels at the garden that is being built in Craig this summer as a collaboration between Yampa Valley Electric Association and the Clean Energy Collective.

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Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps member earns state Corpsmember of the Year award

Kate Warnke, director of Steamboat's Community Youth Corps, says Grant Janka is an inspiring

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Steamboat Springs City Council to consider backing hefty grant for rodeo ground improvements

The $105,000 worth of GOCO funding would help to replace the rodeo's primary arena, alley and timed event pens.

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While Steamboat is fast asleep, city crews turn highway into Winter Carnival playground

Loaders, graders and other heavy equipment spend a few hours spreading an estimated 2,000 cubic yards of snow on the highway for the 101st Winter Carnvial.

City of Steamboat Springs won't apply for $1 million grant for southern Core Trail extension

The escalating price tag of the $3.5 million project along with the recent lodging tax committee's recommendation to fund about 6 percent of the cost led the city to the decision.

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New customer service training in Steamboat aims to help turn summer visitors into raving fans

The latest intercept survey of about 2,730 summer visitors found that the city's net promoter score, a measure of how likely people will recommend Steamboat as a destination to their family and friends, fell a bit since the last time it was measured in 2010.

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Advisory committee discusses base area improvement projects slated for 2014

The committee voted to recommend allocating $5,000 toward preliminary planning to see what can be done to the facade of the concrete overpass over Mount Werner Road.

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Advisory committee discusses base area improvement projects that are slated for 2014

The committee voted to recommend allocating $5,000 toward preliminary planning to see what could be done to the facade of the concrete overpass over Mount Werner Road.

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Yampa River Core Trail extension not a top priority of new lodging tax steering committee

Committee members figured the project, with an estimated $3.5 million price tag, is too expensive to receive a significant backing of the city's lodging tax.

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Steamboat Springs City Council shows lighter side at retreat

It wasn't an earth-shattering meeting, by any means. But it did lay the groundwork for some future discussions that could have big implications for the council and the city.

Steamboat Springs ends 2013 with 7 percent gain in December sales tax

A combination of good snow, more visitors and gradually increasing lodging rates are believed to be behind Steamboat Springs' substantial jump in sales tax revenue for December.

Grant funding for some Yampa Street improvements will be competitive, limited

The second meeting of Yampa Street's new lodging tax committee on Monday wasn't without some optimism, however.

Steamboat Springs man found dead in remote canyon in Northeastern Utah

Law enforcement officials suspect Kenneth Martin Roche died of hypothermia, with alcohol as a contributing factor.

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Natural Grocers expands reach in community with cooking lessons, nutrition seminars

The next nutrition seminar Feb. 11 will focus on cardiovascular health.

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Winter Carnival: Bordens honored as 2014 grand marshals

Tim and Janet Borden are the club’s 2014 grand marshals, and they now join a roster of prominent couples in town that have received the honor. The Bordens never have missed a Winter Carnival parade, and they have a little something extra to look forward to in this year’s.

Steamboat City Council to hash out goals Tuesday at facilitated retreat

The council was given a rare and interesting homework assignment to complete before the planning session.

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Lodging tax committees start meeting to recommend biggest bang for the buck

The Yampa Street group will weigh a land purchase and other items in the promenade while the trails committee is taking a close look at a large inventory of possible projects.

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City of Steamboat Springs hires its next Parks and Recreation director

Overstreet brings to Steamboat more than 25 years of experience in the parks and recreation field and he has held high level jobs in cities ranging from Denver to Oviedo, Fla.

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New Mainstreet Steamboat Springs board president has grand plans for downtown

Jon Sanders is the type of guy who would rather do a cartwheel when he crosses Lincoln Avenue instead of just walking across the street.

Colorado media groups say Interior Secretary violated spirit of 1st Amendment by barring reporters from public sage grouse meeting

What was intended to be a positive and constructive dialogue about the future of a small, sensitive bird in Northwest Colorado has morphed into a broader discussion about the freedom of the press in Colorado.

Father and son arrested in Oak Creek after allegedly assaulting men with wooden boards during robbery

According to the arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court, when Oak Creek Police Chief Bobby Rauch arrived at 7:24 p.m., he said he found two victims who reported Glen Alan Shaffer and his son Glen Alan Shaffer Jr. had just forced their way into the house with boards and yelled “give us your money.”

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Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus adapting to new marijuana rules

For Brian Hoza, dean of student affairs for CMC's Alpine Campus, the legalization of marijuana for adults is the latest societal shift he has seen in his education career that spans more than 30 years.

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Approved master plan will keep one of Steamboat's largest parks mostly like it is today

The plan calls for the development and reroute of some multiuse and Nordic ski trails as well as some small yurts to be added on the property for light backcountry adventuring.

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Steamboat Springs astronaut making final preparations for mission to International Space Station

More than 200 miles above the Earth, Steve Swanson will spend six months doing experiments on the station.

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Storm chaser visits Strawberry Park Elementary School to get students excited about science

Tim Lim had just barely opened the back of his big diesel pickup on Wednesday morning when he was mobbed by a group of excited elementary school students.

Steamboat City Council appoints members of new lodging tax steering committee

For all the fun they’ve had on Yampa Street, all seven members of the newly-seated lodging tax committee that will help to oversee the funding of improvements on Yampa also have some horror stories to share.

Steamboat City Council member to Comcast: 'We'd like you to do better'

The crippling Comcast outage that left 13,000 customers here without Internet, phone and cable service for several hours last week still is fresh in the minds of some Steamboat City Council members.