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Scott Franz

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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.

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Machine invented in Steamboat Springs helps disabled people get on the ski slopes

Eric Berkey was nervous about returning to the ski slopes as a quadriplegic. Then he met two men in Steamboat Springs who had an invention that would help him get on the slopes.

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Businesses cash in on cannabis in Steamboat Springs

At Steamboat Treasures & Tees, tourists are currently buying a lot more shot glasses adorned with marijuana leaves than ones adorned with this city's most iconic barn.

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City ends 2014 with 8.8 percent increase in sales tax collections over 2013

Because the city budgeted to spend significantly less last year than the total amount of sales tax collected, $1.8 million in sales tax revenue went back into reserves.

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Mainstreet Steamboat Springs launches search for next program manager

Tracy Barnett, who has managed the Mainstreet program now for a decade, is looking forward to semi-retirement and having time to take some RV trips around the country with her husband, Cooper.

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Local wants to return western flair to Steamboat's holiday decorations

Jo Sarafis has nothing against holiday lights shaped like snowflakes.

Business briefs: New pet grooming business opens on Yampa Street

Dogs in Steamboat Springs have a new place to be pampered, and those looking for information on how to buy a small business can find it by attending a seminar at CMC.

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Redevelopment of old YVEA campus could start soon on Yampa Street

City staff is also moving ahead with a plan to raze the old Workman house on another end of the popular downtown roadway this summer and convert the property into a park with terracing down to the river.

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Steamboat's pot shops sold $6.8 million worth of product last year

The dollar amounts from the industry are big, but not nearly big enough to raise the eyebrows of anyone working in the city's finance department.

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Steamboat City Council keeps commercial vendors out of Stock Bridge Transit Center parking lot

Steamboat Paddleboard Adventures owner Danny Tebbenkamp thought the parking lot right next to the Yampa River would be an ideal place to rent paddleboards from.

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Overhaul of dangerous highway will start soon in Northwest Colorado

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

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Intrawest reports more skier visits, drop in net loss in latest earnings report

The company's net loss was $31.1 million, down from $122.2 million during the same quarter in 2013. Revenue in the quarter increased from $102.1 million in 2013 to $120.8 million last year.

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As skiers grow closer to smartphones, Colorado ski areas upgrade wireless infrastructure

Cell phone charging stations at Thunderhead Lodge and Wi-Fi connections on gondola cars in Vail would have seemed silly, even ridiculous, a decade ago. Not anymore.

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Taco Cabo now served at base area

Like ceviche, bacon-wrapped jalapenos and perfectly-layered chicken nachos? They're now being served at the Double Diamonds Bar near the base of the ski area.

Steamboat City Council learns about the challenges of managing black bears

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night got a crash course on bear management in Colorado and how things like wildlife Tasers could be used by officers in the future to haze problem bears.

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Winter Carnival 2015: Fireworks will light up the sky

A lot of work goes into making the Winter Carnival’s Night Extravaganza so unique.

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Routt County commissioners want to discuss possible collaboration with city on police station project

As the city of Steamboat Springs continues to look for a place to build a new police station, the Routt County Board of Commissioners is wondering if a piece of land right next to the Routt County Jail is the best spot.

City wants to change noise ordinance to allow early morning street sweeping downtown

The move follows a citizen's complaint to the city about the noise from the sweepers and the fact that the activity currently violates the city's own noise ordinance.

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City to step up enforcement, education of trash rules

The Steamboat Springs City Council last month balked at the stricter trash rules after hearing opposition from several constituents, so city staff had to come up with another plan to try and curb human encounters with wildlife in the city.

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Steamboat City Council to hear Yampa Street park proposal Tuesday

City staff will present the council with an option to fast track the conversion of the Workman home site into a public park with river access.

Grant from EPA will help Steamboat Springs develop green strategies

Steamboat is one of 22 communities around the nation that has earned a grant from the EPA this year to help advance its environmental sustainability efforts.

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River ranger and fees among the ideas floated to improve stewardship of Yampa River

River users in Steamboat Springs are brainstorming ways to limit the negative impacts from all the summer fun on the Yampa River.

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Flotation therapy coming to Steamboat Springs

Valerie McCarthy and Brian Savoie are introducing a new spa treatment to Steamboat Springs that involves getting into a futuristic looking flotation tank filled with 10 inches of water and more than 800 pounds of Epsom salts.

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Citizens committee could greatly impact police station project in Steamboat

After failing to get any consensus on the best place to build the station Jan. 7, the council last week voted unanimously to soon discuss the possible formation of a citizens committee to help plan for the new public safety facility.

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Parks and rec commission to discuss Yampa River Management Plan

The commission also will learn that 13 commercial river outfitters sent 14,791 tubers, 529 anglers, 419 kayakers, 815 stand-up paddle boarders and 802 rafters and canoeists to the town stretch of the Yampa River during the most recent summer season.

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City of Steamboat finalizes purchase of Yampa Street property

The sale of 603 Yampa St., also known as the Workman property, closed Jan. 16 for $610,000. It was purchased from Leland and Linda Workman with the lodging tax revenue that voters dedicated to Yampa Street improvements.

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Plane crash survivor doing 'amazingly well' at Denver hospital

After Darling's plane crashed Sunday morning south of Rabbit Ears Pass, Darling climbed out of the wreckage of his mangled Cessna and lit a pool of spilled fuel to stay warm until rescuers reached him in a remote part of the woods.

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Beer leftovers are a treat for pigs and cows in Routt County

There's a good chance the next piece of pork you eat at Creekside Cafe owes some of its good taste to the spent grains the pig ate from a local brewery in Steamboat Springs.

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As rental market tightens, Steamboat's defunct hotels become affordable workforce housing

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort found housing for dozens of its seasonal workers by leasing out 23 rooms in the city's defunct Iron Horse Inn close to downtown. In a similar arrangement, Resort Group secured housing by leasing out the empty Alpiner Lodge on Lincoln Avenue.

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Hometown astronaut Steve Swanson to share space stories Sunday night in Steamboat

It won't be a trip to the International Space Station, but it will be as close to one as you can get right now here on Earth.

Downtown URA plan gets strong support from local business community

The Steamboat Springs City Council made it clear Tuesday night that it wants to soon invest in some major improvements like sidewalks and lighting in downtown Steamboat.

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Free Summer Concert Series funding cut doesn't sit well with some City Council members

Although the cut was "disappointing," a majority of the council agreed it should respect the city's grant vetting process that led to the reduced funding and not invest any more city dollars in the series of concerts this year.

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Steamboat City Council backs city manager after two members seek her resignation

Council members Scott Ford and Sonja Macys made it clear they want the council to consider starting a search for a new city manager.

Alaskan tourism companies will be in Steamboat Friday to recruit summer bus drivers

A recruiter from Holland America Line and Princess Cruises will be at Stock Bridge Transit Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday seeking drivers who want to spend their summer in Alaska or the Yukon.

Affordable housing, URA proposal headline Steamboat Springs City Council agenda

The council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Citizens Hall. Public comment is accepted on each agenda item. General public comment on items not on the agenda is accepted at 7 p.m. or at the end of the meeting, whichever comes first

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Steamboat City Council appears ready to ask public for help with police station planning

Based on recent comments from council members, a public vote on the station appears to be unlikely, but there are several members who are open to the idea of forming a citizens committee to recommend building sites.

Steamboat City Council member pushes for more transparency after city's hiring of his relative stirs controversy

Tony Connell is now proposing that the council consider using a new written conflict of interest disclosure form to be more transparent and avoid similar situations and controversies in the future.