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Scott Franz

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Steamboat City Council moves to restore winter bus service

However, the city's bus lines that are the least utilized during the year, including the yellow and purple lines, could continue to see some tweaks or cuts.

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Local Scout places bronze markers at veterans' graves in Steamboat Springs Cemetery

In the past, when the American flags were removed from James Albert Chew’s grave after Memorial Day ceremonies, all of the visible reminders of the man’s military service disappeared from the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Deadline to return Steamboat community survey is Friday

As of Friday, the city had received back more than 1,000 of the 3,000 surveys it sent out to random households in the city and the county.

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City seeking ideas for riverside park on Yampa Street

City staff will host an open house at the Workman park at 603 Yampa St. at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Pot, bus service and city manager review on Steamboat City Council agenda

The public will soon find out whether the Steamboat Springs City Council believes its partnership with City Manager Deb Hinsvark has improved since November.

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Police station committee arrives at building recommendation

In the eyes of the committee, the construction of a combined city and county facility in west Steamboat is a better alternative to the city building a new station on its own or renovating its current police headquarters on Yampa Street.

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As summer approaches, new businesses get ready to open in Steamboat Springs

From a new artist studio to a new store that will feature lingerie on Lincoln Avenue, here's a quick look at some new establishments coming to town along with some other business updates.

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The next stop: Steamboat City Council weighs future of bus service

The pared-down winter bus service sputtered and irked many local riders. Now, city officials are hoping to avoid a repeat next winter by recruiting more drivers and walking back the cuts they made to the service.

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Parks and Recreation Commission endorses new beginner trail on Emerald

The commission on Wednesday night voted unanimously to recommend that city staff work with local cycling and trail building groups to design and and construct a new, gentler trail that would run from the stables parking lot at the base of Howelsen Hill up to the Ricky's Ridge trail on Emerald.

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City staff looking into new, gravity-defying summer attraction for Howelsen Hill

A Front Range consulting company that specializes in the development of ziplines and aerial adventure courses was at Howelsen earlier this week to start to see if the terrain at the park would be suitable for a course.

Mainstreet Steamboat creating new downtown directories

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs believes it has finally found a way to get more visitors to realize there is much more to downtown than just Lincoln Avenue.

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City braces for costly Howelsen Hill repair bill

The city is bracing for a six-figure repair bill, and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is hoping everything can be fixed in time for the slide to open sometime before July 4.

City has received back about 11 percent of community surveys, hoping for more

City officials want to get several hundred more of the surveys back in the coming weeks so that the results can be deemed statistically significant.

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City celebrates being named "Most Veterans Friendly Little City in Colorado"

Rarely has a Steamboat Springs City Council proclamation attracted such a big and distinguished audience.

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Local artist plans to save historic Workman house on Yampa Street

After a piece of paper with her name on it was pulled out of a basket in City Hall last month, Kelley Conner was the proud new owner of a 101-year-old home on Yampa Street.

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City council weighs future of bus service in Steamboat

Some council members are ready to hit the gas on new driver recruiting efforts and restore the level of bus service to what it was before it was cut back in the winter.

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Police station committee weighs pros and cons of shared facility

The committee is set to vote on the idea of a shared facility later this month.

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Community members can weigh in on future of Steamboat bus service Tuesday night

Steamboat Springs Transit Manager Jonathan Flint hopes members of the public show up to the meeting to reflect on their experiences with the bus service and make recommendations for the future.

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City outlines potential timeline for downtown improvements

If the Steamboat Springs City Council chooses a financing option that would involve assuming debt, the city projects the list of $10.3 million in proposed infrastructure improvements could be finished after three years.

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Moffat County law enforcement leaders tout shared public safety facility

Some police station committee members in Steamboat Springs are pointing to the success of a shared facility in Moffat County as a reason to explore such an arrangement here in Routt County.

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Steamboat chef on Jeopardy! winning streak

On Thursday night's episode, Seroka extended his winnings to $150,800 after easily defeating his two competitors that included a government relations liaison from Washington D.C.

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Botanic Park stewards don't want Triple Crown to take root at Emerald

Botanic Park leaders told the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night that they fear Triple Crown's entrance into the neighboring Emerald Park would bring unwanted noise and traffic to the area and limit local use of the fields.

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Steamboat City Council appears ready to advance downtown URA

There will be more negotiations with other taxing entities and more public discussions before the council considers taking the vote that would put the downtown improvement plan into action.

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Future of Emerald Mountain trails will be subject of Wednesday gathering

Community members who are interested in the future of the trail system on Emerald Mountain are invited to take a quick field trip with the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday.

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Steamboat City Council to consider downtown investment plan Tuesday night

City staff will present the council with more details about the plans to improve the downtown corridor with new sidewalks and pedestrian lighting, among other things.

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Howelsen Hill landslide damages chairlift, Alpine slide

City Manager Deb Hinsvark told the Steamboat Springs City Council the repairs are expected to be costly.

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Steamboat recognized for being veteran friendly

When local veteran and rancher Jim Stanko was asked back in December whether Steamboat Springs deserved to be named "The Most Veteran Friendly Little City in Colorado" for 2015, Stanko put together a list of 15 reasons why the answer is a resounding "yes."

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Regional bus service between Steamboat and Craig gets additional grant funding

The planned improvements include two new diesel-electric hybrid buses that will replace a pair of 18-year-old diesel buses, GPS tracking system upgrades and a potential service improvement to the regional bus line that runs between Steamboat and Craig.

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City eyes new Emerald Park access in 2016

Community members can learn more about the specifics of the project at the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

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Idea of police unification raised in Routt County

Some elected officials and the city's police station building committee have had some brief discussions about the concept of unification in recent weeks.

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Police station committee learns about pros and cons of joint public safety facility

Moffat County's top law enforcement officials traveled to Steamboat on Monday to talk about what it's like for multiple agencies to work together under the same roof.

City will hire deputy city manager

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said the deputy city manager will oversee things including public outreach and performance management programs.

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Analysts see low gas prices continuing through the summer

A driver who pumped 15 gallons of unleaded gas at the Western Convenience station on Sunday last week paid $21 less than they did last year.

Former Routt County deputy treasurer arrested on embezzlement charges

Lila M. Stucker faces 144 counts of embezzlement of public money, a Class Five Felony, as well as felony theft charges after a bookkeeper in the Treasurer's Office provided an investigator with evidence that Stucker misappropriated $21,057 in county funds from 2006 to 2013.

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Snow expected to continue in high country through Saturday

At lower elevations in Steamboat Springs, only modest snow accumulations are expected Friday and Saturday.

Steamboat residents arrested on suspicion of extorting money from boy who damaged their vehicles

Isaias Simon and his sister, Ana Simon, are accused of threatening to have a boy deported if he did not pay them $2,000 to fix their vehicles.

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Snow tire legislation loses traction in Colorado Senate

State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush will continue to push for new legislation that would require more drivers to use snow tires or chains on Interstate 70 in the mountains despite the State Senate's move to study the issue first.

Community members will soon be able to serve on parks and rec funding group

The working group will study alternative funding sources for parks and recreation amenities.

City Council takes no action after meeting behind closed doors for 3 hours Monday night

The Steamboat Springs City Council took no action and had nothing to say publicly Monday night after it met for three hours behind closed doors to discuss a police misconduct investigation and City Manager Deb Hinsvark's work performance.

Weather Service issues red flag warning for Western Colorado ahead of mid-week cold front

The forecast calls for possible wind gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour on Tuesday afternoon.

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Highway lane closures begin between Silverthorne and Kremmling

Drivers should expect delays if they decide to take this route to and from the Front Range.

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Steamboat CIty Council to discuss future of bus routes at upcoming meeting

The May meeting will offer the public a chance to weigh in on the changes and cuts, which were recently made to the bus service this winter, and offer recommendations for the future.

City Council, county commissioners back affordable housing project in west Steamboat

Elected officials Tuesday night pledged $400,000 from a community housing fund to support a 48-unit project that would be built near the intersection of Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40 on land that is owned by the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Flood mitigation efforts lead to lower insurance premiums in Steamboat

Flood insurance policyholders who reside in the city's 100-year floodplain should see an annual savings of $42 per premium, according to a press release from the city.

Summer bus schedule starts Monday in Steamboat

Goodbye, Cinnamon and Aqua Lines. Hello Yellow and Red.

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.