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Steamboat deputy police chief announces retirement 3 days after police chief resigns

Bob DelValle's retirement comes days after the resignation of Police Chief Joel Rae.

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Steamboat City Council incumbents consider re-election plans

Council President Pro-Tem Scott Myller and councilman Kenny Reisman are term limited and can't run for another four years on the dais.

YVMC selects general contractor for big expansion project

The hospital on Monday announced it has selected Haselden Construction as general contractor for the $14.5 million expansion and renovation project that is scheduled to begin this summer.

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Howelsen Hill repairs commence

Crews have set up shop on the saddle of Howelsen Hill to start the very technical job of getting the Barrows Chairlift up and running again.

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Committee weighs in on plan B for police station

The police station committee remains committed to its recommendation of a shared facility next to the Routt County Jail, but it was asked by the Steamboat Springs City Council to come up with an alternative for a standalone police station in the event the shared facility doesn't materialize.

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Floating fair

As tubing on the Yampa River grows more popular and impactful, City Council wants to consider more river regulations.

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New stores open in downtown Steamboat Springs as old favorites find new spaces to grow in

Here's a look at some of the latest downtown business developments.

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Steamboat City Council gets early look at 2016 budget projections

Expecting city revenues will continue to rise next year, the city of Steamboat Springs is currently working on a budget that would increase government expenditures by about $1.6 million in 2016.

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City presents plan for new riverfront park on Yampa Street

The park will replace a century-old homesite on the river and it will become a piece of a new promenade that is scheduled to be created on Yampa starting next year.

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Proposed contract would let Triple Crown use Emerald ballfields

Under the proposed terms of a new five year contract with Triple Crown, one field at Emerald would be used in 2016, two could be used in 2017 and three could be used from 2018-2020.

Steamboat City Council discloses some details about police investigation

The Steamboat Springs City Council disclosed some details about the police department investigation in a short press release Tuesday night immediately after the council met behind closed doors to discuss some of the initial findings of the probe.

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Steamboat City Council pulls trigger on downtown improvement plan

The financing package approved by council will construct millions of dollars worth of new sidewalks, public restrooms and other basic infrastructure downtown by the end of 2018.

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Medical Matrimony: Scott and Kristen Fahrner

Scott and Kristen Fahrner were looking at a map on their dining room table in Portland, Maine, several years ago when Colorado stood out. It didn’t take a stethoscope to hear its call.

Murder suspect makes 2nd court appearance

Court documents filed recently reveal that Cole J. Pollard, 21, allegedly left a suicide note in his vehicle after the alleged crime.

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Council to weigh downtown improvement plan Tuesday night

On Tuesday night, the council will weigh a plan to construct millions of dollars worth of sidewalks, public restrooms and other basic infrastructure in the next three years.

Man accused of making unwanted sexual advances sentenced to 35 days in jail

In a plea deal with the District Attorney's Office, Thomas Jedediah Collins plead guilty to first degree criminal trespass, a felony, and harassment.

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Steamboat City Council scheduled to discuss police investigation findings behind closed doors

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Thursday she has not yet made a decision about the future of Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle, who have been on paid administrative leave since March.

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Thrill seekers can sled down Howelsen ski jumps starting Sunday

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host a demonstration of the new ride at 1 p.m. Saturday during the ski jumping competitions at Howelsen.

Steamboat makes another appearance on a Top 10 list, this time for business-friendliness

In 2013, Steamboat Springs became Dog Town USA. In 2014, it was one of MarketWatch's 10 greatest mountain towns for retirees.

CDOT: I-70 saw fewer accidents, delays this winter

The number of fatal and injury accidents was down 35 percent, while the number of weather-related crashes fell 46 percent, according to the data.

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New stop signs installed at two busy intersections

City crews on Tuesday installed the new signs at the intersections of Whistler and Walton Creek roads and the eastbound U.S. 40 exit ramp and Mount Werner Road.

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Firefighters fully contain wildfire in North Routt

At the height of firefighting efforts, 35 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the North Routt Fire Protection District were battling the wildfire.

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Some city council members want to consider using police station cash on downtown projects

When the Steamboat Springs City Council sits down July 7 to decide how it should fund millions of dollars worth of proposed downtown infrastructure improvements, it will have several options to choose from.

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College grad more than halfway done with scooter ride from Colorado to Alaska

On May 12, Robert Shearon was in Steamboat Springs talking to students about overcoming addictions to drugs and alcohol. Today, he is getting close to completing his goal of driving his 49 cc Honda Ruckus scooter 4,600 miles from Colorado to Anchorage, Alaska.

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Perlman named president, COO of Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rob Perlman has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. effective July 1.

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New studies gauge impact of tourism in Colorado

A statewide study from Dean Runyan Associates claims overnight visitors to Routt County spent $342 million on their lodging, food and other travel-related items last year.

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Steamboat's Kathy Connell appointed chair of Colorado Transportation Commission

Connell, who refers to herself as "chatty Kathy" and a regular "Joette," clearly has enjoyed her time on the commission and feels she has been an effective representative of Northwest Colorado.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center adding new cancer center, outpatient pavilion

Yampa Valley Medical Center's biggest expansion project in years is poised to benefit many of the hospital's patients and the doctors who treat them.

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Despite potential complications ahead, police station committee reaffirms shared facility is top choice

The committee that is helping the city of Steamboat Springs build a new police station knows it probably won't be a cake walk to construct a building in west Steamboat that would be shared by the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

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Community weighs in on affordable housing rules in survey

Most Steamboat Springs residents support the city requiring developers to provide affordable housing units or pay a fee to support their creation, according to the results of a recent community survey.

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Central Park Drive reconstruction to start soon

When the major construction project is finished, Central Park Drive will have new bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and a roundabout where the road runs between Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads. The road will also be realigned, and traffic will be reduced to one lane on the new road.

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Public's confidence in Steamboat Springs City Council is tepid, according to community survey

The results of Steamboat's first community survey in a decade reveal the community's opinion of a wide range of city services and policies.

Steamboat City Council won't pay bill from school board over base area URA

According to the school district, tax increment financing started causing financial harm to the district in 2010, when a state funding shortfall meant the state would no longer be able to backfill funding for districts where taxes have been diverted for an urban renewal authority.

Steamboat City Council approves new pay plan for city employees

The plan, which includes increases to both the salaries and benefits of city employees, will cost about $750,000 to implement next year.

Kidnapping suspect's brother arrested on suspicion of intimidating grand jury witness

Thomas Doolin, 49, allegedly called a witness who testified against his brother, Monty Dean Doolin, and told the witness he would "put a bullet in her head" if she contacted anyone in the Doolin family.

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Steamboat City Council rejects downtown URA

Now, the council is racing to find another way to pay for a long list of downtown improvements that includes new sidewalks and a promenade on Yampa Street.

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After years of discussions, council set to vote on downtown URA

City Council President Bart Kounovsky said he expects some new changes to the state's urban renewal laws will make the council pause before it considers how to fund the downtown improvements.

Bond for kidnapping suspect set at $500K as authorities investigate threat against grand jury witness

A court document filed Monday by the Routt County District Attorney's Office claims that after Doolin was arrested, one of his family members called a witness and threatened to "put a bullet in her head" if she contacted a member of the Doolin family.

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City has plan to start fixing Howelsen Hill after landslide

It's going to take a lot of money and some big construction equipment to begin fixing the city's historic and beloved ski hill in the wake of a spring landslide.

Monty Dean Doolin booked into the Routt County Jail on 1st degree kidnapping charge

Doolin was arrested last week in Alaska after a grand jury for the 14th judicial district indicted him on 1st degree kidnapping, a class one felony.

Steamboat school resource officer reassigned after police department gets a complaint from a parent

Officer Kristin Bantle, who has served as the resource officer in the schools for about a year and a half, was told Monday she would no longer serve as the school resource officer.

Suspect in Marie Blee cold case arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a different Routt County teenager more than 30 years ago

An indictment from a grand jury alleges that Doolin in the summer of 1978 or 1979 enticed a female teenager to ride with him in his vehicle from Elk Head Reservoir toward Hayden.

Investigator done with interviews for Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation

City staff expects to get the findings of the investigation by the end of the month.

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Routt County commissioners have strong words for city about URA plan

During a brief meeting with city staff on Tuesday about the urban renewal plan, Routt County commissioners offered some of their sharpest criticism to date of tax increment financing by labeling the funding mechanism "crony capitalism" and a "scam."

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Petition launched to give residents control over city's urban renewal decisions

If the council moves ahead with the urban renewal plan next week, the potential November ballot measure would not affect it because the plan area would have taken effect prior to an amendment of the city charter.

Use of Emerald Park fields to be discussed at two public meetings this week

The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will take up the topic on Wednesday night when it considers whether to clarify the nearly 20-year-old ordinance that governs what kinds of activities are allowed at the park.

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Lengthy Alpine slide closure means loss of revenue for city, Winter Sports Club

The attraction generated $564,000 in gross revenue last year and gave the club a net income of nearly $100,000 after taxes, according to data provided by the Winter Sports Club.

City workers find way to quiet down early-morning street sweeping

Attorney Geoff Petis is sleeping better in downtown Steamboat Springs these days thanks to some recent efforts from the city's public works department.

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Steamboat City Council, Routt County Commissioners could talk shared facility next month

The council also wants the citizens committee that is advocating for the shared facility to keep meeting and identify a plan B for a standalone police station.

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Two busy intersections in Steamboat getting additional stop signs

The city's public works department evaluated the traffic counts and accident data at the intersections and determined the stop signs would make them safer and ease wait times at the existing stop signs.