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Scott Franz

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Judge's order spurs Steamboat Springs City Council to revisit approval of controversial apartments

A judge has taken issue with the Steamboat Springs City Council’s approval of a controversial downtown apartment project, saying the city’s elected officials did not follow city rules when they endorsed the development.

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New possible caretaker for neglected Arnold Barn emerges

Steamboat Ski Area has emerged as a possible caretaker of a historic barn that has been neglected for years near the Meadows Parking Lot.

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Steamboat Springs City Council scrutinizes airport hangar purchase proposal

“The city has a long history of jumping into business opportunities and then saying ‘maybe we shouldn’t have done that,'” Councilman Scott Ford said.

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City of Steamboat Springs shopping for new airport hangar

The city of Steamboat Springs wants to purchase a new hangar at Bob Adams Field to house planes that pass through the municipal airport.

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New coworking space in downtown Steamboat Springs caters to creatives, location-neutral workers

The Ski Locker in downtown Steamboat Springs isn’t your typical office space.

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Steamboat Springs city government highlights and lowlights of 2016

It’s been an eventful year for our city government. A new city manager was hired. Police station plans advanced. And the Steamboat Springs City Council called dibs.

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Steamboat Springs Transit to run more buses this weekend for New Year's Eve festivities

Steamboat Springs Transit will run more buses in the wee hours of Sunday morning to make sure revelers who are ringing in the new year make it home safe.

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Iron Horse Inn once again a source of controversy in Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs’ decision to give the new owners of the Iron Horse $267,000 for public access to the Yampa River isn’t sitting well with a former city councilwoman and some community members.

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Developers propose 7 month timeline for vetting potential annexation in west Steamboat Springs

Having secured a preliminary agreement with the Steamboat Springs City Council, the potential developers of new neighborhoods in west Steamboat plan to spend the coming months trying to overcome a series of hurdles as they work toward development and annexation applications.

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Sheraton timeshare proposal will modernize part of resort built in 1971

A plan to convert more than half the remaining hotel rooms at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort into updated timeshares recently earned approval, and some ringing endorsements, from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

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New Steamboat Springs business challenges you to break out of jail

With only five minutes until the authorities were due to pick up me and my band of outlaws and take us to a more secure facility in Aspen, it seemed as though we were doomed to a life behind bars.

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Newly-created downtown residential lots hit the market in Steamboat Springs

Vacant lots that were recently annexed into the city of Steamboat Springs are hitting the real estate market this week, offering buyers a rare opportunity to build new estate-sized homes in the downtown area.

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City bringing back free ski days at Howelsen Hill

Steamboat Springs’ smaller and more historic ski hill is letting skiers and riders make free turns all day Friday.

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Rx Task Force has plans to reapproach City Council about possible substance tax question in 2017

A community group that has been working to fight opioid addiction is hoping to find some new funding sources for their cause in the New Year.

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Steamboat Springs City Council doing more business behind closed doors

A Steamboat Today review of council executive session data going back to 2001 shows the current council is on pace to hold hold the highest percentage of meetings with executive sessions since a council that was seated in 2005.

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Freeze frame: Tips, inspiration for winter photography in Routt County

Somewhere between my third and fourth attempt to free my Nissan Xterra from a deep snow ditch along Routt County Road 14 last week, it sank in. Winter photography is tough.

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Summer visitor survey showing decline in biking numbers raises eyebrows at Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

As some community members call for more technical and difficult biking trails in Steamboat Springs, some elected officials are pointing to the data from a recent summer survey as a reason the city might want to instead invest more in flatter, more accessible trails.

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Steamboat Springs City Council approves 1st reading of animal code changes, endorses pigs as pets

Small pigs are one vote away from being accepted as pets in Steamboat Springs.

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City Council signs preliminary agreement with developers who want to build new neighborhoods in West Steamboat

Before the approval came, Council President Walter Magill appeared disappointed with how long it took the council to move forward with the proposal.

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Steamboat Springs City Council releases transcript of closed-door session after transparency concerns raised

A transcript of a closed-door meeting the Steamboat Springs City Council held last month gives the public insight into how the council privately came to decide to file a lawsuit against a developer and landowner over the neglect of a historic barn if the parties didn’t accept an ultimatum.

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Steamboat Springs will continue to lose its middle class if elected officials don't act on housing, committee warns

A steering committee that has spent several months studying housing shortages in Routt County and Steamboat Springs warned local elected officials on Tuesday that if action isn’t taken soon, the area is in danger of growing older and richer and losing more of its young professionals and middle class.

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Snowmobilers survive avalanche on Rabbit Ears as slide danger grows in backcountry

A group of snowmobilers on Rabbit Ears Pass discovered just how high the danger was Sunday.

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Revised west Steamboat housing proposal going to City Council Tuesday night

The developers have changed their proposal to a smaller phased annexation, a concept the city’s elected officials appear to favor over a larger annexation of the entire former Steamboat 700 parcel.

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Sheraton proposal would convert more than half of remaining hotel rooms into timeshares

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday will consider a proposal to convert more than half the remaining hotel rooms at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort into 112 timeshares.

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Group launches fundraising efforts for dog park improvements in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs dog owners who want better parks and amenities for their animals can now pitch in to help make those dreams a reality.

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Buena Vista homeowners appeal Steamboat Springs Planning Commission decision

A group of property owners on Buena Vista Court is appealing the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission’s decision not to legalize their secondary dwelling units.

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Downtown bar cited for allegedly over-serving patron

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is continuing to crack down on bars that it thinks are breaking the city’s alcohol rules by over-serving customers or handing out drinks beyond 2 a.m.

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Steamboat Springs City Council gives initial approval to marijuana code changes

The Steamboat Springs City Council is moving ahead with rule changes that would allow pot shops to stay open three hours later until 10 p.m.

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City, county close to ordering schematic designs for shared law enforcement facility

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the county that will dedicate $215,506 to the creation of the schematic designs for the facility.

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Pigs may fly under new animal code in Steamboat Springs

Proposed revisions to the city’s animal code would allow city residents to legally own domesticated pigs that are under 100 pounds for the first time.

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Arnold Barn's fate remains in limbo after Steamboat Springs City Council passes on relocation proposal

If the council had agreed to the plan, it would have offered the city a possible resolution to a lawsuit it filed last month against the landowner and developer who the city thinks should be on the hook for stabilizing the barn.

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Pot shops in Steamboat Springs could stay open later under proposed rule changes

The ordinance going before the city’s elected officials would allow all marijuana dispensaries to stay open until 10 p.m., three hours later than their current closing time.

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City of Steamboat Springs files lawsuit against developer, property owner over neglect of historic barn

The city’s lawsuit claims the developer, RP Steamboat Springs, and the property owner, RCS-Wildhorse Land, LLC, should be maintaining the 89-year-old Arnold barn per the conditions of a development agreement, which was signed in 2006.

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Steamboat Springs City Council sets goals at retreat

With a big development on the horizon, the Steamboat Springs City Council wants to engage the public next year in a conversation about the future character of the downtown area.

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Steamboat Springs successfully recruits winter bus drivers as other ski towns struggle

A team of seasonal bus drivers who hail from at least 11 different states are ready to start shuttling thousands of residents and visitors around Steamboat Springs this winter. But some other Colorado ski resort towns aren’t so lucky this year.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to meet for retreat Friday at Sheraton

The special meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 8 a.m. in the Aspen Room of the resort.

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Pilots received thousands of dollars worth of unauthorized discounts at Steamboat Springs Airport

In a four-month period last year, a series of discounts given to seven pilots totaled $6,340.

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Steamboat Springs residents start to see benefits from new snow-plowing system

City Streets Superintendent David Van Winkle said he’s already received a handful of emails thanking the city for starting a new plowing system that makes the roads wider and leaves fewer windrows, or piles of plowed snow, in front of citizens’ driveways.

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Delay in Buffalo Pass project prompts mountain bikers to defend need for more difficult trails

The U.S. Forest Service temporarily halted construction on a more difficult biking trail on Buff Pass in the fall before the snow started flying because some concerns were raised about the plans for the trail.

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Steamboat Springs Planning Commission rejects approval of several illegal dwelling units on Buena Vista Court

The property owners had hoped new parking plans could bring their units into compliance.

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Steamboat's weather forecast good for skiers, bad for drivers returning from Thanksgiving

Next week’s weather forecast in Steamboat Springs calls for an extended period of snow and cold.

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Test drive a city bus, fire a snow gun and more in Steamboat's upcoming City 101 class

The free class allows citizens to go behind the scenes of city operations and learn how their government functions on a day-to-day basis.

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Voters likely to decide whether Steamboat Springs City Council should keep health insurance

City Attorney Dan Foote said he believes the council has had the option of getting health insurance coverage from the city since 1992. But voters have never approved the benefit as required in the city’s charter.

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Fish Creek Falls trail is first beneficiary of new endowment fund

It hasn’t even turned one yet, but the new Trails Maintenance Endowment Fund in Steamboat Springs is already nearing six figures and paying for trail improvements.

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Colorado looking at pay-per-mile system as possible replacement for stagnant gas tax

CDOT’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Program is specifically testing a system in which drivers would theoretically pay 1.2 cents for every mile they drive as opposed to 22 cents for every gallon of gas they buy.

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Big Steamboat Springs downtown development to enter city planning process soon

A long-dormant development site on the banks of the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs could soon start coming back to life

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Steamboat Springs City Council approves budget; most workers returned to 40-hour work weeks

The Steamboat Springs City Council last week gave final approval to a $73.8 million budget for 2017 that will return most city employees to 40 hours per week and add more personnel to meet new demands.

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Routt County's 2017 budget plan would help fund shared law enforcement facility, major software upgrade

Higher health insurance costs, funding for a shared law enforcement facility and a $1.6 million software replacement and upgrade project are among the highlights of Routt County’s 2017 budget proposal.

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Yampa Street utility work will cause widespread Comcast outages in Steamboat Springs

Late night Netflix and TV watchers in parts of Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Rifle and some parts of Denver will need to find another form of entertainment on two occasions later this month if Comcast is their provider.

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City of Steamboat Springs to try and negotiate with property owner over stabilization of Arnold Barn

With a snowstorm on the horizon, there was an extra sense of urgency to the Steamboat Springs City Council’s Tuesday night discussion about how to save the Arnold barn.