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Crews still in holding pattern on Central Park Drive project

Construction crews that have been waiting to start the major road work at Central Park Drive were still in a holding pattern Thursday afternoon.

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Steamboat Springs Transit reports strong performance numbers for winter season

Transit Manager Jonathan Flint reported Thursday the city's local bus service carried 660,568 passengers from Dec. 6 to April 10 and significnatly improved its on time performance.

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Councilman raises idea of publicizing names of residents who violate city's leash law

Councilman raises idea of publicizing names of those who violate city's leash law

A Steamboat Springs City Council member wants to put residents who don't pick up after their pets or abide by leash laws in the dog house.

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Central Park Drive construction being held up by easement issues

Central Park construction project again delayed by legal issues

Construction crews have not been able to launch the major Central Park Drive road work project on schedule because the city is still working to get an important easement signed to allow work in a certain area.

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Pot shop accuses City Council members of retaliation, conflicts of interest

Natural Choice and their prospective landlord said Friday that Councilwoman Heather Sloop and Councilman Tony Connell failed to disclose some personal conflict of interests and should have recused themselves prior to the close and controversial 4-3 vote that stopped the move.

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City Council denies 100K request for group sales program

“The city can't be the only partner, and there's gotta be a better way to fund it,” Counciwoman Kathi Meyer said Tuesday as the Steamboat Springs City Council weighed a $100,000 request from the Chamber to fund a group sales program in the city. “Shouldn't this (group sales) position be funded by all the groups who benefit? If the Chamber truly believes this will be good for business, there should be a lot of skin in the game from a lot of entities.”

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City Council defends makeup of city manager interview committee

A majority of the people who have been chosen to serve on the citizens' panel that will help choose Steamboat Springs' next city manager also sit together on the board of directors for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

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City steps up parking enforcement

More people in Steamboat Springs this year are coming back to their illegally parked cars to find pink parking tickets.

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City to recoup half of home loan balance from former city manager after short sale

City to recoup part of loan balance after short sale of former city manager's home

City Attorney Dan Foote said the city is now discussing a plan to have former city manager Alan Lanning repay the remaining $64,446 of the loan in monthly installments.

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City Council takes flak for not including more average Joes on city manager interview panel

Dissenters say committee lacks voices of skeptics, average people

A Steamboat Springs City Council member and one of the city's most frequent public commenters fear the citizens committee, which will help choose the next city manager, lacks the voices of skeptics and the common man.

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City Council halts pot shop's move to more visible location

In denying the move, the council rejected the recommendations of the city's planning staff and planning commission to allow Natural Choice to move into a location the business felt is more visible than its current spot in a tucked away industrial area.

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Colorado biologists concerned by latest spread of fungal disease in bats

For the first time, the bats in this state are surrounded by white nose syndrome on two fronts.

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Cost to replace child care center at Howelsen jumps to $543K

Community Services Director John Overstreet said the cost to build a new Igloo is $543,000, which is $202,865 more than the city anticipated it would be in 2014.

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Rangers coming to city parks and rivers near you

Around Memorial Day, the city of Steamboat Springs will deploy a new park ranger program that aims to reduce conflicts at city parks, on the Yampa River and on the Core Trail.

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Chamber seeks 100K for new group sales program

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is again asking the Steamboat Springs City Council to contribute money to a program that aims to lure more group conferences to the city.

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Road work starting next week will impact trips to Central Park Plaza, DIA

Monday marks the start of the reconstruction of Central Park Drive in Steamboat and the second phase of a safety improvement project on Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling.

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City presents Bear River Park conceptual plans

Under option A, the park would be designed as a passive park, with nature trails, new basketball courts, a picnic and BBQ area, a new multi-use filed and an expanded skate park.

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Big changes underway at Iron Horse Inn

The Iron Horse Inn will soon have a new name, new interiors, new landscaping, faster Internet and much higher rents.

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Ted Cruz leading presidential campaign fundraising race in Steamboat Springs

According to records from the Federal Election Commission, Cruz has raised $8,805 from 37 donations in Steamboat Springs.

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La Montana closing after 34-year run in Steamboat Springs

Thursday is the last call for margs at one of Steamboat Springs' most established Mexican restaurants.

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Upcoming projects aim to make U.S. Highway 40 corridor safer for pedestrians

A new pedestrian underpass near the intersection of Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40 is closer to becoming a reality.

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Hotel seeks noise exemption for steam whistle sound at base of ski area

The timing of the whistle sounds at the base area is still to be determined, but they would likely occur around the end of the ski day.

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City manager finalists announced

The four men who are vying to lead city government hail from Michigan, Texas, Georgia and the interim city manager's office in Steamboat Springs.

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Pay to Play: Working group poised to recommend city ask voters to create new parks and rec district

The parks and recreation lobby in Steamboat Springs has in recent years become the city’s most passionate and tenacious group.

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Get ready: Officials announce timing of road closures for Central Park Drive reconstruction

Flashing signs are already warning drivers about a major road construction project that will begin April 4 on Central Park Drive between Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads.

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Major highway project in west Steamboat Springs slated for 2017

In the spring of 2017, U.S. Highway 40 and its intersection with Elk River Road will see some big changes.

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City manager finalists to be announced Monday

A representative from Slavin Management Consultants, the recruiting firm being paid by the city to help find the next city manager, told Steamboat Today on Tuesday he thought it would be weeks before the names of the finalists would be revealed publicly.

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I-70 snow tire bill defeated in Senate

The bill, crafted by State Reps. Diane Mitsch Bush, D- Steamboat Springs, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, would have required that all passenger vehicles have adequate tires or chains or alternative traction devices from Oct. 1 to May 15 on the interstate between Morrison and Dotsero.

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City Council pivots parking discussion away from meters, for now

Council President Walter Magill, who last month floated the idea of testing meters in certain portions of downtown, last week suggested the city should first focus on stepping up enforcement to keep cars from overstaying their welcome.

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City Council selects 6 city manager finalists

Search firm says it could be weeks before finalists' names are released

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday selected six city manager finalists following an hour-long executive session. But they only referred to them by the number on their confidential applications.

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I-70 snow tire bill could hit road block Thursday at Senate hearing

Northwest Colorado's two state legislators are again in the opposite lanes on a proposed bill that aims to reduce winter crashes and traffic snarls on Interstate 70 in the mountains.

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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.