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Scott Franz

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Tax proposal would generate $190K for maintenance, marketing in downtown Steamboat Springs

In November, commercial property owners, landlords and tenants will decide whether to impose an additional property tax of up to 4 mills on themselves to generate that funding for the improvements.

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City of Steamboat has game plan to improve future wildlife closures

The city is acting on calls from its parks and recreation commission to improve enforcement of any future closures after an orphan calf elk died last month after being separated from its mother in a local park.

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A night at the bat house: After a long battle against bats, the Rehders help preserve them

Helen and Henry Rehder were always at war with bats. To deter the animals from making themselves comfortable on their family ranch in Pleasant Valley, the Rehders set up a defensive perimeter of steel wool, tin foil and ultrasonic devices on their home. When the bats continued to win, the couple turned to extreme measures.

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A night at the bat house: Fun facts about bats

Don't like mosquitoes? Bats love to eat them for you. A little brown bat — a common species here in Steamboat Springs — can eat as many as 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. The bat chews its food as much as seven times every second.

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A night at the bat house: Rehder Ranch serves as ground zero for bat research in Northwest Colorado

As white-nose syndrome gets closer to Colorado after killing millions of bats to the east, scientists in Steamboat Springs are learning more about the flying mammals and hoping that their research can help mitigate the effects of the devastating disease.

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A night at the bat house: Rustic Rehder Ranch hosts more than 100 years of history

The Rehder Ranch is one of Routt County’s greatest and most picturesque time capsules. Old buildings surround an 84-year-old home right next to Harrison Creek in Pleasant Valley. For many years, the Rehders survived each winter only on food they harvested themselves, and family members would take just one or two trips to Steamboat each year.

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Steamboat City Council moves closer to being able to rid city of Iron Horse Inn

City Manager Deb Hinsvrak said the city currently is considering trading the property to acquire one of three building locations for a new police station.

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Steamboat Springs' 2015 capital plan will reconstruct Central Park Drive, improve parking enforcement

Parking enforcement will get an upgrade, Central Park Drive will get a big makeover and dogs will find it harder to escape the animal shelter next year under the city of Steamboat Springs' proposed capital improvement plan.

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Police station funding pushed to 2016

Saying they felt the project isn't close to being shovel ready, a slim majority of the council on Tuesday night voted to postpone until 2016 funding for the construction of a new police station.

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Steamboat City Council questions downtown blight designation and delays urban renewal discussions

During one of its longest and liveliest meetings of the year, several council members questioned a recent designation of downtown as blighted along with the suggestion the area is in need of the tax tool to correct that.

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Trio of Steamboat Springs entrepreneurs wins at Breckenridge startup weekend

Lindsay Balgooyen and her brother, Dan, were hiking around Smith Rock in Oregon in May when they thought of their big business idea. Just weeks later, their new entrepreneurial endeavor would take the top prize at the Breckenridge Startup Weekend and spur a move from Steamboat Springs to new shared office space in Frisco.

After marathon of meetings, city prepares to give Steamboat City Council 1st look at 2015 budget

Staff on Sept. 2 will host a preliminary budget workshop with the council.

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Steamboat Springs School Board is skeptical of city's urban renewal plan

School board members see the plan as coming at the expense of their future tax funding.

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Blight designation in downtown Steamboat Springs may pave way for urban renewal projects

Poor pedestrian lighting, missing sidewalks and the presence of a flood zone are some of the things that have helped downtown Steamboat Springs join Colorado's long and growing list of blighted areas.

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Hala Gear in Steamboat Springs continues riding a big wave

In three years, Steamboat's Hala Gear has evolved from a modest garage and van operation into a growing fixture of Steamboat Springs' elite group of outdoor manufacturers.

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Freedom Conference speakers debate national privacy issues, impact of NSA leaks

Two conservative speakers participating in a debate about national privacy issues at the Steamboat Institute's annual Freedom Conference gave very different answers when asked whether they thought National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was a traitor or a patriot.

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Aerobatic flights coming to Steamboat's Wild West Air Fest

Denver-based pilot Don Nelson is bringing his Sukhoi SU-26, a supercharged Russian plane with 400 horsepower that was built in the mid 1980s specifically to win the World Aerobatics Championships.

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Downtown Steamboat Springs is designated as a national historic district

When Arianthe Stettner takes people on historic walking tours downtown, she enjoys taking them way back to a time when glass windows arrived by wagon and horses were way more popular than cars.

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Yampa Valley Tire Pros under new ownership

Longtime local business owners Bob and Bert Rundell have found a young and enthusiastic couple to take over their one-stop automobile shop in west Steamboat Springs.

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NTSB releases preliminary report for fatal plane crash on Rabbit Ears Pass

When he took off from Steamboat Springs Airport earlier this month, Terry Stewart was looking forward to getting the license he needed to start flying from his home in Houston to his new vacation home in Estes Park.

Greeley sheep farmer killed in ATV crash in North Routt County

Investigators think the man was running supplies to his sheepherders when he died in the crash.

Fundraising totals lopsided in local county commissioner and state House races

The latest campaign finance reports filed by local candidates running for treasurer, state representative and county commissioner reveal half of the candidates are raking in much more campaign cash than their opponents.

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Steamboat Springs approving more liquor licenses than in previous years as restaurants shuffle

A look at liquor license activity in Steamboat Springs since 2006 shows Steamboat is seeing a shuffling of restaurants on a level it hasn't seen in many years.

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Parks and rec commissioners call for more enforcement of wildlife closures after death of orphaned elk calf

Several conflicts with the dogs and people and concerns about people's safety ultimately led wildlife officials to tranquilize calf's mother and take her to the Flat Tops.

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At Routt County Fair, rabbits draw a crowd

Dyllan Spitzley didn't want to have to say a tearful goodbye to her beloved animal like many other children do at the Routt County Fair every year.

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Adventure of the week: Camp right in your backyard

If you're still looking for that screensaver-worthy photo this summer, I've got an easy trip for you.

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Steamboat Springs loses its most famous cat

Ted, the ambassador of the Steamboat Springs Airport, had a big personality.

Steamboat Parks and Recreation commissioners want to meet with Routt County officials to discuss prospect of parks and rec district

The commissioners also resolved to continue learning more about the districts that typically use a property tax to fund parks and recreation amenities.

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New fiber from the west grants some organizations in Yampa Valley unprecedented broadband redundancy

Mammoth Networks now is able to bring service into the Yampa Valley both from the east and the west following the installation of a new Eagle-Net line coming in from Hayden.

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Plane wreckage on Rabbit Ears airlifted from crash site

The recovery of the plane followed an inspection of the crash site by investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board. A preliminary investigation report from the NTSB is expected to be released in the coming days.

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Yampa Street to shine brighter with installation of new lights

Crews on Tuesday morning will start stringing about 1,000 LED bulbs above the roadway where it runs from Sixth Street to Ninth Street.

After plane crashed on Rabbit Ears, searchers worked through the night to bring closure to victims' families

For many hours on Saturday night and Sunday morning, Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers donned headlamps and hobbled over beetle-killed trees and logs in a rugged part of Rabbit Ears Pass as they raced to find a downed airplane.

The Record for Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

3:39 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in a parking lot in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. A man with a pit bull reported another man with a pit bull approached him and said he wanted their dogs to fight each other. When the man refused, the other man asked if he wanted to fight instead. The police were called, and the man who was trying to instigate the fights was gone when officers arrived.

NTSB investigators en route to Routt County to investigate fatal plane crash on Rabbit Ears

Dan Baker, the deputy chief for the NTSB's Central Region office in Denver, said Monday morning that the lead investigator is traveling Monday from Texas and is expected to be on the scene of the crash Tuesday morning.

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Steamboat Ski Area announces a flurry of new capital improvements

Billy Kidd has a lot of new research to do this upcoming ski season.

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Base area urban renewal committee gets update on proposal to construct iconic barn

Danny Paul, a staff engineer for the city of Steamboat Springs, said he has heard some initial interest in the project from representatives of The Steamboat Grand, whose land the barn would be built on.

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Local community leaders will help to implement statewide environmental education plan

Here in Routt County, local and visiting children have access to a robust and growing environmental education program.

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Yampa River flows slightly above average as outfitters report busy season

The river could get crowded again this weekend with the forecast from the National Weather Service calling for a mostly sunny day on Saturday with a high of 79 degrees.

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Adventure of the week: Take in the views at the top of Rabbit Ears

The first time I tried to hike to the top of Rabbit Ears Peak, I failed miserably.

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U.S. Forest Service flooded with new trail proposals at Steamboat Springs forum

Dozens of people squeezed into a packed conference room in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night to offer their visions for all the National Forest that surrounded them.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members suggest more parking enforcement is needed

A parking consultant from Denver found that on Friday, July 11, there were 141 vehicles parked for too long in short-term spaces downtown.

Steamboat City Council moves to slow down downtown urban renewal funding talks

"This is a huge deal," council member Kenny Reisman said. "I'm not desiring to move at a snail's pace. At the same time I think it will be a very challenging item to approve if it's rushed."

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Locals 2014: Elaine Dermody

Elaine Dermody could fill several books with the text of her adventures. The 76-year-old has climbed Mount Whitney — the highest summit in the contiguous United States — twice, and she still loves backpacking in California’s High Sierras.

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New redevelopment project in the works near base of Steamboat Ski Area

Over the next few years Blue Sage Ventures is aiming to be a big part of a new sort of renaissance at the base area by sprucing up the iconic Clock Tower Square and adding new residences and commercial spaces around it.

Steamboat City Council to discuss downtown urban renewal funding plan

The use of tax increment financing would funnel future growth in sales and property tax revenue from new development in the downtown area toward public improvement projects.

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Gov. Hickenlooper spends Colorado's birthday talking business in Steamboat Springs

Governor John Hickenlooper was so impressed by what he saw Friday morning on a tour of Elkstone Farm in Strawberry Park, he gave the growing farm's leader some unsolicited marketing advice.

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Howelsen Hill survey reveals most think park is well maintained but facilities aren't up to date

The results along with interviews with the park's stakeholders and a series of public forums all be used to make recommendations for the park's future.

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Rock slide hits Mad Creek Trail, making it impassable for horses

Hikers and cyclists can continue using the trail but will have to hobble over the boulders about 1/2 a mile past the start of the trail.

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Steamboat astronaut will run in relay race from International Space Station

When Steve Swanson needs to either grab or pass the baton in the Wild West Relay race this weekend, things could get complicated.

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Future of U.S. Forest Service trails will be focus of upcoming meeting in Steamboat Springs

There are lots of dreams and visions floating around about the future of trails in the Routt National Forest surrounding Steamboat Springs. The challenge? There likely isn't enough money or manpower to build and maintain all of the proposed mileage.