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Scott Franz

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Board of Realtors partners with emergency responders to distribute wildfire prevention tips

Thousands of property owners in Routt County are receiving information in their mailboxes this month that will help them improve the chances of their homes surviving a potential wildfire.

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Dog owners raise concerns about leash law enforcement as city considers upping fines

Some dog owners in Steamboat Springs are raising concerns about the increased level of leash law enforcement they are seeing in the city.

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Steamboat Springs City Council extends housing ordinance suspension for 4th time

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept city staff’s recommendation to extend the housing ordination suspension until August to give a steering committee that is studying the affordable housing issue time to come up with recommendations.

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City Council pivots back toward joint law enforcement facility

Sheriff’s deputies and police officers in Steamboat Springs are now closer than ever to the prospect of working together under the same roof.

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Going behind the scenes of Steamboat's big fireworks show

As Steamboat residents cheered on the parade and fired up their grills for the Fourth of July on Monday, I found myself on Emerald Mountain with a merry band of volunteers who spent hours wiring up explosives.

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New roundabout at Central Park Drive comes with new traffic pattern

A number of drivers in Steamboat Springs are still getting used to a new traffic pattern at Central Park Drive and breaking some rules.

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Fourth of July fireworks show to pack a punch

Tim Borden is predicting this year's Fourth of July fireworks show at Howelsen Hill will be bigger and better than ever.

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City working to collect thousands of dollars from serial parking offenders

The city of Steamboat Springs is working to collect parking fines from individuals who have multiple unpaid tickets, including one man who has racked up 23 parking citations in the city since January and owes $2,800.

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City Council rating in employee satisfaction survey remains low

A recent internal survey reveals employees at Steamboat Springs City Hall are collectively more satisfied with their jobs and work environment than they were last year.

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Fire enters Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

"We knew from the start that once it got established in the thick timber and the beetle kill, it would be a long term event," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said. "This is going to be something we as the Routt National Forest are going to be dealing with for quite some time."

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Weed whackers launch campaign against chemicals

Tired of seeing chemical herbicides being sprayed on noxious weeds along some of their favorite trails, two women have started a grassroots effort to remove the weeds by hand.

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City Council discusses Howelsen Hill agreement behind closed doors

Immediately after the executive session, the council announced, without taking any motion or having public discussion, it had selected councilwomen Heather Sloop and Robin Crossan to work with city staff to negotiate a potential new supplemental agreement with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club regarding the usage of Howelsen.

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The roundabout that almost wasn't: Emails shed more light on Central Park Drive snafu

The city's inability to secure the easements by April 4 ultimately led to a two-and-a-half week delay in the project and kept a cone zone in front of businesses after Memorial Day, frustrating some business owners.

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Go Alpine recognized as a Colorado company to watch

The employees at Go Alpine Taxi in Steamboat Springs never know what to expect when they answer the phone.

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Downtown business critical of execution of Yampa Street project

While the business owners remain excited about the improvements the project will bring, they are faulting the city for not doing enough to mitigate the impact of the work, which they say has significantly impacted their revenue.

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Fire chief to make call on fireworks show next week

Steamboat Springs Fire Chief Mel Stewart said Thursday the outlook for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show has looked favorable, but he's waiting to see what the weather does next week before making the final call on Wednesday.

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Parks and rec commission endorses new master plan for Bear River Park

The city's Parks and Community Services Department will propose the city fund design of the park improvements next year, with funding for the project's first phase coming in 2018.

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Schmiggity's plans to pay fines to avoid liquor license suspension

Schmiggity's was cited by the city for serving alcohol after hours and allowing patrons to drink outside in the spring.

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Outcry over City Council's free ticket decision leads to change in city policy

In its third revote of the year, the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night reversed its controversial decision to call dibs on free concert tickets and VIP concert passes.

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City Council tables Igloo replacement project

The city's aging Igloo child care facility will not be replaced with a new modular building this year.

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Steamboat Springs airport manager fired after short tenure

Emails obtained last week by the Steamboat Today through an open records request show some recent friction between the recently-fired manager and the city's public works director about airport oversight and operations.

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City Council to consider final approval of $775K project to replace child care center

The project would require the city spend $385,000 of its reserves.

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City secures permanent public river access near Iron Horse Inn

While it is now legal to be on the river in the area, the southern portion of the island will remain off limits to the public for some time.

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Residents say Steamboat Springs is at a crossroads with housing issue

Christina Uhl grew emotional Tuesday night as she told the Steamboat Springs City Council it needs to think more about the workers who are renting couches or who have left because they can't afford to live here.

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City's liquor license case against Schmiggity's proceeds

The owners of a downtown Steamboat Springs nightclub will learn sometime next month what penalties they will face for having two liquor license violations in the spring.

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Winter Sports Club does not want to change Howelsen Hill joint use agreement

Some City Council members are pushing to create a new joint use agreement that could offer the city more financial security and reduce its risk on such things as maintenance and operating costs at the ski complex.

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City Council members apologize for ticket decision

"We had a faux paux, and let's move on," Council President Walter Magill said after he apologized to his fellow council members for allowing the vote to transpire the way it did and cause angst.

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Steamboat night club faces possible fines, liquor license suspension

The city of Steamboat Springs could fine or temporarily yank a liquor license from a downtown dance bar because of two alleged alcohol violations that occurred at the venue in the spring.

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Developers share conceptual plan for 7 potential neighborhoods at Steamboat 700 parcel

The plans included a variety of different housing types ranging from duplexes to townhomes to single family homes.

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City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

After getting an earful from their constituents, some Steamboat Springs City Council members appear ready to revisit and walk back a decision to call first dibs on some free Strings concert tickets and VIP lanyards.

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City Council to talk housing, Howelsen Hill, goals Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will meet with a real estate development company that is interested in creating new neighborhoods on the west side of town, possibly on the Steamboat 700 parcel.

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Workman Park almost finished

City officials are hoping to cut the ribbon on the new Workman Park on Yampa Street in time for the busy Fourth of July weekend.

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1st phase of Central Park Drive project nears completion

On Monday, Connell Resources plans to open up the newly reconstructed portion of Central Park Drive where it runs from Pine Grove Road to a brand new roundabout in the middle of the shopping complex.

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City Council approves 1st reading of budget for Igloo, denies sidewalk variance

The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved the first reading of a budget for a new child care center, despite the project's increasing cost.

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City Council calls first dibs on free concert tickets, VIP passes

Councilman Tony Connell said the council is currently working much more than previous councils and deserves some perks.

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Suiter signs city manager contract

Gary Suiter has signed on to help the Steamboat Springs City Council accomplish a long list of goals, ranging from restoring public trust to building a new police station to coming up with a long-term plan for the city's historic ski hill.

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Doctors, hospital leaders endorse pot tax proposal

Levy would generate funds for substance abuse prevention, treatment

The list of people endorsing the proposal includes Tom Gangle, regional director of Mindsprings Health; Dave Wilkinson, emergency director for Yampa Valley Medical Center; several staff members at the Foundry, a local rehabilitation center; and YVMC CEO Frank May.

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School board says thanks and goodbye to elite class of retiring educators

There were audible "wows" from many members of the audience when School Board President Margaret Huron counted up the combined years of service of the retirees.

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Tuber rescued from raging Yampa River

The man, who had been floating on a double inner tube without a life jacket, had become separated from the tube in the cold, swift current.

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Final draft of Bear River Park master plan unveiled to the public

The final draft of a new master plan for Bear River Park calls for a wide range of amenities that would appeal to volleyball and basketball players, skaters, cyclists, hikers, rafters and boaters.

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City officials: Alternative snow dump sites limited

City of Steamboat Springs officials say they really don't have a better place to put Mount Marsh than its current home off 13th Street.

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City Councilman proposes new taxes on marijuana, lift ticket sales

A Steamboat Springs City Councilman is seeking support for two tax measures he feels are needed to improve city services and combat a local substance abuse epidemic.

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Sports Club plans to open Alpine Slide this month

The Barrows chairlift has survived its latest skirmish with Mother Nature atop Howelsen Hill.

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Franz: Mapping where Steamboat's wild bears roam

Take a look at the bear hotspots in Steamboat Springs.

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Planning commission endorses proposal to replace city child care facility

The new 2,500-square foot building will host up to two employees and 30 children at a time. It is replacing a 31-year-old modular city officials fear is so old it has become a liability.

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Steamboat Springs City Council sued over downtown apartment decision

In a lawsuit filed last week, Ken Manley claims the council did not follow proper procedure and broke rules when it approved several variances for the 60-unit 1125 Lincoln Ave. project, which will be taller and more dense than what is allowed by the city's Community Development Code.

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Memorial Day ceremony honors vets who made difference on battlefield and off

Wayne Iacavetto had one of the most important jobs of WWII.

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Distillery, climbing gym planned for downtown

Two types of businesses Steamboat Springs has never seen before are being planned for the downtown corridor.

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Crews working on new Emerald Mountain trail

Chainsaws were buzzing Thursday up on Emerald Mountain as crews worked to build another new mountain biking trail in Steamboat Springs.

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Emerald trails still stuck in mud season

Lower elevation trails open, but many remain unrideable

Mother Nature is making it more difficult than usual for volunteers to get Emerald Mountain ready for hikers and bikers this spring.