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City of Steamboat prepares to send out community survey

Thousands of community members in Steamboat Springs will soon have the chance to grade the quality of city services and let their elected officials know what the city's funding priorities should be in the coming years.

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Steamboat CIty Council agrees that city should take on common area maintenance at new hangar development

Council members viewed their decision to take on the maintenance responsibilities as an economic development opportunity.

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Steamboat City Council calls another special meeting to discuss police misconduct investigation

A council member also told City Manager Deb Hinsvark Tuesday night that she should have a succession plan ready in case the investigation turns up any evidence of wrongdoing on her part.

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Sheriff sees big opportunity to share space with Steamboat Springs Police Department

Routt County Sheriff Wiggins estimated there is as much as 6,900-square-feet of space that could be shared between the Sheriff's Office and the Steamboat Springs Police Department in the form of training rooms, evidence rooms, locker rooms, an impound yard and a parking lot.

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Citizens committee not ready to rule out west Steamboat for police station

The committee met with high-ranking police officials Monday morning to discuss how the location of a new station would impact local law enforcement operations.

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New bar, pizza place among several additions to local restaurant scene

New restaurants and bars are popping up around town, while the future of some empty commercial spaces remain unclear. Here's a look at the latest business news in Steamboat Springs.

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Emails reveal more about city's response to police misconduct accusations

The emails between City Manager Deb Hinsvark, Steamboat Springs City Council members and the city's top two police officials offer the public a closer look at the city's response to the serious accusations of misconduct leveled against DelValle and Rae by former Police Detective Dave Kleiber and other officers.

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Steamboat CIty Council to discuss downtown funding, public safety facility with county commissioners

The council and the commissioners have a lot to talk about Tuesday night.

Steamboat man accused of sending bullet into city attorney's SUV takes plea deal

As part of a plea deal, Scott Brooks pleaded guilty to prohibited use of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

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Steamboat City Council to decide if city should take on airport hangar maintenance

The Steamboat Springs City Council will soon decide whether the city should maintain common areas around the new private hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport despite language in a signed ground lease that calls for the private developer to do the work

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City hires interim police chief, public information officer for remainder of police misconduct investigation

Craig Police Department Commander Jerry DeLong will lead the Steamboat Springs Police Department while an investigator looks into the claims of misconduct against Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle.

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Major road construction project starts this week between Silverthorne and Kremmling

In the coming weeks, drivers who take the highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling will encounter delays of up to 45 minutes from a combination of reduced speed limits, alternating lanes of traffic and traffic holds as construction crews start a major project to make the road safer.

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Police misconduct investigation begins in Steamboat Springs

While the city prepared for the investigation to ramp up, recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate Jessica Miller organized the modest protest that started with about six protestors.

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Police station committee to explore wide range of options for new station

In many ways, the citizen police station committee is taking the police station project back to square one.

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Sharon's restaurant brings comfort food to west side of town

The opening of Sharon's comes almost 20 years after Sharon Stone closed a restaurant with the same name in West Steamboat that operated from 1988 to 1996.

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Local cycling groups eye an easier path up Emerald Mountain

Routt County Riders is proposing that a new, gentler trail be built that would run from the base of Howelsen Hill at Sombrero Stables to the Ricky's Ridge trail on Emerald Mountain.

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City invites community to weigh in on future of pocket park on Yampa Street

"The use of this park is something we really need to begin a community dialogue on," Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.

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Local drivers can learn about major Northwest Colorado roadwork at upcoming meeting

The Colorado Highway 9 improvement project will add eight-foot-wide shoulders and wildlife underpasses and overpasses to a stretch of highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling that was the site of 47 car accidents involving wild animals between 2007 and 2011.

City Council, School Board discuss downtown urban renewal plan

During a joint meeting with the Steamboat Springs City Council Monday night, several of the Steamboat Springs School Board members urged the council to exhaust all other options before considering an urban renewal plan that would use some property tax increment to fund infrastructure like sidewalks and pedestrian lighting.

Parks and rec commission to discuss Workman park, beginner trails on Emerald

Work to convert the Workman property into a riverfront park is scheduled to begin in August.

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Police chief misconduct accusations cast cloud over police station project

Police station committee chairman John Kerst called the misconduct allegations the "900-pound gorilla in the room."

Steamboat City Council to hold emergency meeting to discuss police chief misconduct allegations

The emergency meeting was called Friday, less than two days after council members read a 10-page letter from former Steamboat Police Detective Dave Kleiber that alleges the police chief and deputy police chief have created "an atmosphere of fear and intimidation" and "a hostile work environment" at the police department.

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Workman house could be saved from wrecking ball

The city has received five letters of interest for the 101-year-old house.

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In Celebration of Kids gives children a place to play in downtown Steamboat Springs

At In Celebration of Kids, Harlow Kuntz has Mario Kart races to win, quads to drive around and birthday parties to attend.

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As police station planning enters fourth year, citizens committee ready to move past previous challenges

The city has now spent three years trying to build a new police station, and there have been plenty of twists, setbacks and long nights in Citizens Hall since city staff first pitched the idea to council in March 2012.

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Steamboat City Council ready to entertain wide range of Iron Horse Inn proposals

With so many ideas and redevelopment proposals for the once-defunct hotel floating around in the community, the council took a potentially big step Tuesday night toward deciding the property's future.

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New working group will study alternative funding sources for parks and recreation in Steamboat

The city's Parks and Recreation Commission recommended the group, saying the city is not adequately maintaining and growing its recreation amenities with its general fund.

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Police station committee members are selected

After two hours of interviews, the council seated police station committee members with a wide range of ages and professional backgrounds.

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Old house on Yampa Street could find new life as office space, emergency housing or something else

The city of Steamboat Springs received five letters of interest for the 101-year-old Workman house that must be relocated or demolished from the riverside property this summer before it can be transformed into a public park.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to consider accepting bids for Iron Horse

City staff is recommending that proposals for the property, which includes a hotel building and a separate building of studio apartments with month-to-month leases, be accepted through April 16.

Injured snowmobiler rescued Saturday in North Routt County

The snowmobiler, who reportedly sustained significant internal injuries in the accident, was riding down Farwell Mountain northeast of Pearl Lake when rescuers said she hit an unseen depression in the snow and was ejected off of the snowmobile.

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Building a friendlier downtown: Steamboat Springs City Council weighs urban renewal plan

Steamboat Springs City Council has resolved to make an investment in downtown Steamboat. This spring, it will decide how a more vibrant downtown will be funded, and how much of the vision the city can afford.

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Building a friendlier downtown: Weighing in on the URA

In recent months, several community members have spoken both in favor and opposition to the proposal to use tax increment financing to fund downtown improvements.

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Building a friendlier downtown: Downtown URA Q&A

Answers to questions about URA.

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Police station committee applicants have wide range of experience

A former state senator, a school bus driver, two ex-cops and a former city planning director are among the 23 community members wanting to help the city of Steamboat Springs build a new police station.

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New Big Agnes tents feature light switches

Backpacker calls Big Agnes' latest line of tents, "equal parts party, and practical."

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City sees strong interest in police station committee

The City Council will have at least 15 community members to choose from to serve on the seven-member committee.

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City looking for new airport manager

Current airport manager Chris Cole has landed a new job as an aviation planner in Alaska.

More public parking now available in downtown Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley Electric Association recently reached an agreement to open up the electric cooperative's old parking lot on 10th Street to public parking.

Fundraising campaign lassos nearly $16K for spur-shaped holiday decorations

Donations to the campaign came from a mix of local businesses, part-time residents and downtown residents.

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City beefing up leash law enforcement

The increased enforcement of the leash law is the city's response to some recent complaints about dogs that are off leash getting into confrontations with leashed dogs on popular trails on Emerald Mountain.

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City plans more pedestrian-safety improvements on 13th Street

After years of complaints about the safety of 13th Street, which is used by many bikers and Fairview residents, there are now plans to install new digital speed limit signs this spring that will aim to slow down vehicular traffic.

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Steamboat Springs City Council moves closer to forming downtown URA

Council President Bart Kounovsky said past councils have for decades passed on opportunities to invest in the downtown corridor, and the current council should be the one to pull the trigger.

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City of Steamboat seeks new owner for historic house on Yampa Street

The century-old Workman home at 603 Yampa St. must be relocated or demolished before the city can follow through with its plan to convert the riverside property into a public park this summer.

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Want to help the city of Steamboat build a new police station? There's a committee for that.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night endorsed the creation of a seven-member citizens committee that will help plan for the new station that will replace the cramped police headquarters on Yampa Street.

Howelsen Ice Arena users plan fundraising campaign for 2nd sheet of ice

The fundraising effort comes as ice arena stakeholders report high demand for the existing ice in prime time.

Bull moose runs over woman near Steamboat Springs

Area wildlife manager Jim Haskins said it appears the moose ran over the woman from behind while she was walking two dogs on a road in Storm Mountain Ranch.

Steamboat City Council to discuss police station committee on Tuesday

But first, the council will have to come to a consensus on the committee's role in the project.

Some downtown Steamboat residents fighting to silence early morning street sweeping

The move to change the noise ordinance comes nearly two years after some council members started forwarding a few complaints about the street sweeper noise to the public works department.

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Local sticker company expanding to new markets

The founders of Steamboat Sticker shipped their first order of stickers in January, 2014, and the stickers have since been making their way to retailers in more than 18 states around the country.