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Scott Franz

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What's next for Howelsen Hill? City in wait-and-see mode

As community members prepare to usher in another weekend of fun, fireworks and ski jumping through fiery hoops later this month at Howelsen Hill, there are a lot of questions swirling around about the park’s future.

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Economic grow light still shining on Steamboat Springs marijuana industry

City sales tax records show the industry sold $10.8 million in product last year and added $431,113 to the sales tax coffers.

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Refugees in Steamboat Springs unaffected by Trump order, but Dreamers await direction from new administration

West African refugees who have made Steamboat Springs their second village have not been impacted by President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily halting immigration into the country from seven majority-Muslim nations.

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2016 was deadliest year on Routt County highways since 2009

Five people lost their lives driving on Routt County highways in 2016, making last year the deadliest year on local roads since 2009.

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City of Steamboat Springs releases some emails related to controversial Iron Horse decision but withholds others

Emails from Steamboat Springs City Hall offer the public little additional insight into how the city and a developer agreed on a controversial settlement for how to spend $267,000 of public benefit money to buy back an easement the city sold last year at the Iron Horse Inn.

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Steamboat Springs police, cycling advocates weigh in on proposal to let cyclists roll through stop signs

Cyclists would be allowed to treat stop signs as yield signs under a bill that was recently introduced in the state legislature.

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Progress and setbacks after Steamboat Springs City Council gives homeowners an ultimatum

Archie Lowe doesn’t mince his words when he describes the snowplowing situation on Buena Vista Court.

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Possible city tax on Airbnb, short-term rentals tempered in Steamboat Springs by legal realities

The city’s elected officials have learned that pursuing taxes or fees on short-term rentals to help fund community housing would be complicated, expensive and perhaps even unfeasible.

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Steamboat Springs City Council seeking applicants to replace Tony Connell

Steamboat Springs residents who want to serve on the City Council have until Feb. 7 to apply for a chance to be appointed for the job.

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Steamboat Springs City Council appears ready to move forward with housing recommendations

A work session focused on addressing community housing shortfalls was marked by new commitments from elected officials and a back and forth between a city council member and the head of one of the city’s largest lodging properties about how much of a role local employers will play in helping to solve the problem.

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New vision for Steamboat base area condo project

The developers who were planning to build a controversial 14-unit condominium project on Burgess Creek Road near the base of Steamboat Ski Area have scaled back their plans.

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3rd attempt at funding for downtown BID likely to go to voters in 2017

Could the third time be the charm for the effort to fund a business improvement district in downtown Steamboat Springs?

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Steamboat Springs City Council to weigh in on housing recommendations on Tuesday

Members of a steering committee that spent months studying the region’s housing woes are hoping elected officials in Steamboat Springs will soon be willing to start taking some action and “do things differently” than the city has in the past.

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Homeowners on Buena Vista Court given 47 days to try and solve parking, snow removal woes

Renters living in illegal secondary units on Buena Vista Court will have some more time to stay in their homes while their landlords try to solve some contentious parking and snow-removal problems that have been causing headaches on the cul-de-sac.

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Steamboat Springs city manager addresses snow removal complaints

Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter is attributing a flurry of snow-removal complaints in the city to the combination of frequent, heavy snowfall and small private contractors not following plowing rules.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members weigh in on city’s controversial new PR practice

Steamboat Springs City Council members have different reactions to the news that the city’s public relations manager is manufacturing quotes for officials in city press releases.

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Some fear potential tax overload as community groups eye 2017 ballot initiatives in Steamboat Springs

With as many as six or seven local tax initiatives headed for the ballot in 2017, some community groups are starting to take steps they hope will prevent a case of tax heartburn in the electorate that dooms them all.

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Rita Valentine Park improvements get high-profile endorsement

On more than one occasion, Don Valentine has had to make a trek to a public meeting to defend the park that is named after his late wife. But last week, Valentine found himself praising the latest idea for the park.

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Excessive celebration flag thrown on Lincoln Avenue: The Record for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

9:44 p.m. Officers were called to a report of some Green Bay Packers fans who may have been celebrating their team's victory too much in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Steamboat Springs City Council president uncomfortable with new PR position manufacturing 'quotes' for city officials

Even Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill eventually admitted his “quote” in a recent press release from City Hall didn’t sound like Walter Magill.

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Still no deal on Arnold Barn, but negotiations continue

The Arnold Barn will have to hold on through a few more snow storms before its future becomes clear.

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Potential Howelsen Hill suitors emerge

The city of Steamboat Springs' search for a new operator of Howelsen Hill has produced four potential bidders.

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Tony Connell stepping down from Steamboat Springs City Council

Citing work demands and his desire to spend more time with his family, Steamboat Springs City Councilman Tony Connell plans to step down from the council next month.

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Steamboat Springs City Council weighs in on proposal to buy Yampa Street lot for future bridge

The Steamboat Springs City Council does not appear to be willing to buy another piece of property on Yampa Street that some community members have eyed as another riverside park with a new pedestrian bridge.

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Dog group eyes third off-leash park in Steamboat Springs

But before the new off-leash area at Whistler Park goes beyond the conceptual phase, the city wants to hear from residents about the idea.

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Cycling advocates push back on summer visitor survey showing decline in summer biking tourism

Some city leaders recently pointed to the results of the survey as evidence the city might want to invest more of its lodging tax dollars in flatter, more accessible trails instead.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss possibility of investing in another Yampa Street property

The owner of 655 Yampa Street pitched the property to the city in the fall with a price tag of $1.3 million.

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Future of Rita Valentine Park back on Parks and Rec agenda

A community group that wants to improve local parks for canines will seek public input Wednesday evening on a proposal to add new dog-related amenities to Rita Valentine Park.

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Used snowplow ordered by Steamboat Springs City Council is experiencing breakdowns

The Steamboat Springs City Council learned this week that its decision to buck a city staff recommendation and buy used snowplowing equipment instead of new vehicles has likely not come without some consequences.

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Steamboat Springs lays out Texas-sized welcome mat for MusicFest

Shiner Bock is on sale. Hundreds of kegs are headed to the ski area. And downtown businesses are staying open later on Thursday night.

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Snow sculptures returning to Winter Carnival

Community members and businesses will now be able to join area students in the snow sculpting competition.

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Judge's order spurs Steamboat Springs City Council to revisit approval of controversial apartments

A judge has taken issue with the Steamboat Springs City Council’s approval of a controversial downtown apartment project, saying the city’s elected officials did not follow city rules when they endorsed the development.

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New possible caretaker for neglected Arnold Barn emerges

Steamboat Ski Area has emerged as a possible caretaker of a historic barn that has been neglected for years near the Meadows Parking Lot.

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Steamboat Springs City Council scrutinizes airport hangar purchase proposal

“The city has a long history of jumping into business opportunities and then saying ‘maybe we shouldn’t have done that,'” Councilman Scott Ford said.

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City of Steamboat Springs shopping for new airport hangar

The city of Steamboat Springs wants to purchase a new hangar at Bob Adams Field to house planes that pass through the municipal airport.

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New coworking space in downtown Steamboat Springs caters to creatives, location-neutral workers

The Ski Locker in downtown Steamboat Springs isn’t your typical office space.

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Steamboat Springs city government highlights and lowlights of 2016

It’s been an eventful year for our city government. A new city manager was hired. Police station plans advanced. And the Steamboat Springs City Council called dibs.

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Steamboat Springs Transit to run more buses this weekend for New Year's Eve festivities

Steamboat Springs Transit will run more buses in the wee hours of Sunday morning to make sure revelers who are ringing in the new year make it home safe.

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Iron Horse Inn once again a source of controversy in Steamboat Springs

The city of Steamboat Springs’ decision to give the new owners of the Iron Horse $267,000 for public access to the Yampa River isn’t sitting well with a former city councilwoman and some community members.

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Developers propose 7 month timeline for vetting potential annexation in west Steamboat Springs

Having secured a preliminary agreement with the Steamboat Springs City Council, the potential developers of new neighborhoods in west Steamboat plan to spend the coming months trying to overcome a series of hurdles as they work toward development and annexation applications.

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Sheraton timeshare proposal will modernize part of resort built in 1971

A plan to convert more than half the remaining hotel rooms at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort into updated timeshares recently earned approval, and some ringing endorsements, from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

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New Steamboat Springs business challenges you to break out of jail

With only five minutes until the authorities were due to pick up me and my band of outlaws and take us to a more secure facility in Aspen, it seemed as though we were doomed to a life behind bars.

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Newly-created downtown residential lots hit the market in Steamboat Springs

Vacant lots that were recently annexed into the city of Steamboat Springs are hitting the real estate market this week, offering buyers a rare opportunity to build new estate-sized homes in the downtown area.

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City bringing back free ski days at Howelsen Hill

Steamboat Springs’ smaller and more historic ski hill is letting skiers and riders make free turns all day Friday.

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Rx Task Force has plans to reapproach City Council about possible substance tax question in 2017

A community group that has been working to fight opioid addiction is hoping to find some new funding sources for their cause in the New Year.

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Steamboat Springs City Council doing more business behind closed doors

A Steamboat Today review of council executive session data going back to 2001 shows the current council is on pace to hold hold the highest percentage of meetings with executive sessions since a council that was seated in 2005.

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Freeze frame: Tips, inspiration for winter photography in Routt County

Somewhere between my third and fourth attempt to free my Nissan Xterra from a deep snow ditch along Routt County Road 14 last week, it sank in. Winter photography is tough.

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Summer visitor survey showing decline in biking numbers raises eyebrows at Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

As some community members call for more technical and difficult biking trails in Steamboat Springs, some elected officials are pointing to the data from a recent summer survey as a reason the city might want to instead invest more in flatter, more accessible trails.

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Steamboat Springs City Council approves 1st reading of animal code changes, endorses pigs as pets

Small pigs are one vote away from being accepted as pets in Steamboat Springs.

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City Council signs preliminary agreement with developers who want to build new neighborhoods in West Steamboat

Before the approval came, Council President Walter Magill appeared disappointed with how long it took the council to move forward with the proposal.