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Main Street revamp underway

Program Manager Lisa Popovich said during the team's visit that she is looking forward to Main Street adopting a strategy that is more project driven than it has been in the past.

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City to host open houses on Central Park Drive reconstruction, Bear River Park plan next week

On Wednesday night, Oxbow Design Collaborate and the National Park Service will present two conceptual plans for Bear River Park in west Steamboat.

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Fire and EMS calls up 15 percent so far this year in Steamboat Springs area

They are also handling more calls at the same time.

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Yampa Street business owners continue to express concerns about construction impacts

Though the council voted earlier this month not to take city staff's recommendation to mandate that no work occur between Memorial and Labor days from Sixth to Eighth streets on Yampa Street, members urged the city to work with the chosen contractor to minimize the impacts.

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City Council prepares to select city manager finalists

Steamboat Springs City Council members on Tuesday left Citizens Hall with confidential binders containing the bios of 10 people who could become the next city manager.

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After controversial executive session, City Council endorses short sale of former city manager's home

Councilman Scott Ford wanted the council to start the dialogue about the decision in public before convening a closed-door session to discuss negotiating strategies with the other lien holders on Lanning's property.

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City Council endorses changes to city snow removal operations

The Steamboat Springs City Council will allow the city to spend as much as $450,000 to purchase two used road graders as part of a plan to make the city's snow removal operations safer and more efficient next winter season.

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Former Steamboat Springs city manager asks city to endorse short sale of his home

Because of the difficulty he has had selling his home in the Silver Spur neighborhood just west of town, previous city councils have granted Alan Lanning three separate extensions on the home loan that was supposed to be repaid six months after Lanning's resignation in July, 2008.

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Man involved in after-hours sledding crash at Howelsen Hill remains in critical condition

Steamboat police suspect alcohol contributed to after-hours incident

Police Chief Cory Christensen said John "Nelson" Kane used a snow pad that protects snow sprinklers to slide down the HS100 jump hill before 3 a.m. Saturday when the park was closed.

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Planning Commission approves 60-unit apartment building downtown

The 4-2 approval vote came after the developer agreed to extend a snowmelt system to the alleyway on the property.

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Planning commission endorses pot shop's move to Curve Plaza

Commissioners recommended the approval despite the new location's proximity to Bear River Park.

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City eyes Hitchens Island purchase to secure river access

Today, the city wants to spend $80,000 to acquire all of what is now called Hitchens Island to guarantee permanent public river access and to allow for public improvements to be made on what is currently privately owned land near the Iron Horse.

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Series on opiate abuse continues to draw big crowds

As he joked with a large audience at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Wednesday afternoon, it was hard to tell Nick Power used to be part of the heroin problem in Steamboat Springs.

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Community members express strong support for improving Howelsen Hill

Many of the dozens of people who spoke urged the city to not focus on making back all of the money spent to operate the ski area.

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City Council gives initial OK to spend $1.6 million on major road construction project

The total is about $250,000 more than city staff was anticipating spending on both projects in 2014 during budget discussions.

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Have an idea for the future of Howelsen Hill? City Council wants to hear from you Tuesday

Community members invited to share vision for historic ski hill

"The challenge we have, and I think it's a good one for us as a council to have, is we need to bond a whole new generation to this hill, because it's such a special asset," Councilman Scott Ford said.

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City staff OK with pot shop being located 900 feet from park

Natural Choice wants to move from its current location on Downhill Plaza to the new space at Curve Plaza next to Lil' House Country Biscuits & Coffee.

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Drug task force makes another arrest after meth found in car

Officers found the meth in Kelsie Lee Jolley's vehicle following a Feb. 16 traffic stop on Rabbit Ears Pass.

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City Council president proposes test run of parking meters downtown

City Council president proposes test run of downtown meters

Because city officials predict a downtown infrastructure improvement project could erase approximately 17 parking spaces, City Council President Walter Magill is floating the idea of testing out paid parking as early as this summer.

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Sports Authority in Steamboat Springs not on list of store closures

Steamboat location is not on list of company closures

Manager Dan Harvey said his store at Wildhorse Marketplace recently learned it is not among the 142 stores Sports Authority is reportedly closing following a bankruptcy filing.

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City starts reporting monthly marijuana sales tax totals

City begins reporting monthly marijuana sales tax totals

Community members can now see exactly how much dough the new marijuana industry in Steamboat Springs is putting into the city's coffers each month.

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County invites City Council to resume talks on public safety campus

Although the county currently does not have the reserve funds to pay for its share of a shared public safety facility, county commissioners are asking the city to consider an incremental approach to building new facilities for local law enforcement agencies.

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Council weighs in on timing of Yampa Street construction project

The Steamboat Springs City Council won't put a restriction on the upcoming Yampa Street construction project to keep road work off the busiest portion of the street during the busiest summer months.

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City to seek public input on sidewalk master plan

Community members will soon be able to weigh in on where they think sidewalks are most needed in Steamboat Springs as the city finalizes a new master plan that calls for dozens of miles of new sidewalks.

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City Council to consider timing, logistics of major Yampa Street improvement project

City Council to consider timing, logistics of Yampa Street project

City staff is recommending that work not take place on Yampa Street between Sixth and Eighth streets from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which is a period of time businesses report they make the most money.

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City to look at alternative snow dump locations

Council's direction came Tuesday after it heard a presentation about the challenges residents in the new Captain Jack subdivision are facing with loud noise late at night.

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Parks and Rec commission seeks stronger voice

The commissioners think they could help the city decide the best way to spend hundreds of thousands of excess lodging tax dollars on an amenity that would draw more visitors to town.

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Experts discuss tactics that could help prevent Howelsen Hill landslides

City officials who convened a panel of experts on Tuesday to discuss the geology of Howelsen Hill didn't come away with a silver bullet to stop any future landslides.

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Steamboat Springs artisans eye possible affordable housing project for creative industry

Steamboat Springs to pursue state funding for project

Recognizing the impact artists have on the state's economy, the state of Colorado is planning to invest in nine affordable housing projects across the state in the coming years to make it easier for members of the creative industry to find a place to live.

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Groups working to revive snow sculpture tradition

When news broke that the snow sculptures wouldn't be a part of this year's Winter Carnival, community members reacted with a mix of sadness and anger.

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City Council to decide whether more residences can be built near city's snow dump

Jake Drury and his family are the first residents of the Captain Jack subdivision, and they've told city officials they often find it hard to sleep due to the noise coming from the snow dump in their backyard.

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Drivers face bad weather, long delays on I-70 detour route

Over the road trucker Ray McDonough was only planning to spend a day and a half making deliveries in Colorado this week.

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City to host meeting about future of youth football next week

The city of Steamboat Springs next week will host a public meeting to discuss whether to keep its fifth- and sixth-grade tackle football programs or switch them to flag football.

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I-70 through Glenwood Canyon not likely to reopen until the weekend

The situation in Glenwood Canyon remains very precarious three days after two rock slides caused $2 million to $5 million of damage on Interstate 70 and forced thousands of motorists to take a four-hour detour through Northwest Colorado.

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Some residents have strong words for elected officials pivoting away from shared law enforcement facility

As decision day approaches and the city and county continue to pivot away from the idea of a shared law enforcement facility, some community members and two of the committee members who spent months vetting different sites for the station hope their elected officials won't give up on the recommendation.

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Bill would cut local bus service funding

Senate Bill 16-011 would prevent local transit agencies from receiving $5 million in state gas tax revenue each year.

Skier, snowmobiler die Sunday in Routt County on a busy day for emergency responders

A skier and a snowmobiler died Sunday from apparent medical issues as they were recreating with their friends and family in different parts of Routt County.

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More ominous signs for debt-saddled Sports Authority

As speculation grows that Sports Authority is headed toward bankruptcy, the sporting good retailer has slashed jobs at its corporate headquarters and is reportedly closing some distribution centers.

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Community members weigh in on future of Bear River Park

The city expects it will be able to invest in improvements at Bear River Park in 2017, and city staff is working on a new master plan for the property to help determine what to build.

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Heritage Christian School to close

When Kyan Strong learned Thursday his school will soon close its doors, the fourth grader put $142 of his hard-earned chore money in an envelope and tucked it into his backpack.

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New neighborhood's proximity to giant snow removal mountain causes concern

While the Drury family is trying to sleep in their new home, city crews are diligently working to dump snow they have removed from city streets and build up the giant, seasonal snow mountain off 13th Street.

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Growing local business to be featured on MSNBC

Retailers around the country are getting stuck on Steamboat Sticker Co.

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City Council wants more police station sites to consider

Police Chief Cory Christensen on Tuesday told the Steamboat Springs City Council he is worried about the working environment of his employees, adding that the city cannot wait many more years to build a new police headquarters.

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Community members could soon pitch proposals for excess lodging tax revenue

The Steamboat Springs CIty Council could soon invite the public to submit their ideas for how to best spend hundreds of thousands of excess lodging tax dollars to draw more visitors to town.

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Winter Sports Club to share its vision for future of Howelsen Hill

The Winter Sports Club on Tuesday night will meet with the City Council for a work session focused on the historic ski hill's future.

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City Council to discuss downtown sidewalk assessment plan

About 42 property owners in downtown Steamboat Springs who don't currently have complete or adequate sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses may want to tune into a Steamboat Sprigns City Council work session on Tuesday night.

Business brief: CrossFit to celebration renovation, new ownership

Steamboat CrossFit will host a grand-reopening party at its newly renovated Riverside Plaza location from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

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City ends 2015 with $1.2 million in excess sales tax revenue

Snowfall wasn't the only thing that increased in Steamboat Springs in December.

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Whistleblower bill clears initial hurdle in legislature

The initial approval came despite opposition from the Colorado Municipal League, which lobbies on behalf of Colorado's cities.

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Gary Suiter interested in becoming Steamboat Springs' next city manager

Steamboat's interim city manager said he is still performing due diligence before deciding to throw his hat into the ring.