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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.

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Steamboat City Council approves additional marketing dollars for USA Pro Challenge

The council on Tuesday approved an additional $12,000 for marketing of the USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat with the caveat that the donation will only be made if a local match is made.

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Land continues to slide on Howelsen as rain delays repairs

City Manager Deb Hinsvark on Tuesday told the city council it will cost more than $200,000 to reposition a lift tower that was moved by the landslide.

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Local cycling group takes to social media to find culprit behind tree carving

Routt County Riders recently posted to Facebook a picture of a large heart and "DV+BS" that were recently carved on a large tree along the Hot Springs Trail.

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Man arrested on suspicion of arson after apartment fire on Yampa Street

After everyone made it out of the apartment safely on Wednesday morning, officers arrested John Glenn Widmer, 34, on suspicion of fourth degree arson and reckless endangerment.

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Steamboat City Council keeps June 16 URA hearing on schedule despite new law

Council members Scott Ford and Sonja Macys wanted to postpone the June 16 hearing and possible URA vote to give the council more time to learn about the implications of significant urban renewal reforms that Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Friday.

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Steamboat City Council tables discussion about Triple Crown's future at Emerald Park

The Steamboat Springs City Council needs some extra innings to decide whether or not Triple Crown will be allowed to play ball at Emerald Park in the future.

City Council to discuss prospect of shared public safety facility Tuesday night

The city's police station committee has asked an architect to work on a conceptual design for a shared public safety building in west Steamboat.

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Governor signs URA reform bill

After Jan. 1, any new urban renewal authority will be required to have representation on its board from an elected school board member, a board member of a special taxing district, and a board member appointed by the county commissioners.

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As more tubers are shuttled to Yampa River, some parks and rec commissioners eye new regulations

Craig Robinson, the city's parks, open space and trails manager, told the commission on Wednesday night that some property management companies are shuttling tubers to the river in places where the city discourages tubing, such as Rotary Park.

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City manager wants public to have summary of police investigation

As of last week, $18,000 has been spent for the investigation, and $12,000 for the services of the interim chief.

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Elected officials start to weigh in on idea of shared public safety facility

Several elected officials in Routt County are open to the idea of building a combined public safety facility in west Steamboat, but some are stressing the devil is in the detail and others want to keep all options on the table.

Local Humane Society to celebrate milestones at open house on Saturday

When it welcomes community members to the public open house, the Humane Society will get to show off the animal shelter it recently assumed management of.

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Ciao Gelato opening in new Lincoln Avenue location on Friday

A quick glance at Ciao Gelato's Facebook page this week reveals just how excited Steamboat Springs residents and visitors are to see the local eatery and hangout back in business.

Steamboat City Council to talk Emerald Park history, field usage on Tuesday

The discussion comes as the city negotiates a new five-year contract with Triple Crown that could allow the games at Emerald for the first time.

City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

A series of one-on-one meetings between Steamboat Springs City Council members and the head of the city's parks and community services department were cancelled last week after two council members expressed concern the meetings could violate open meetings laws.

City council satisfied with city manager's work performance

Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark continues to have the support of five of her seven bosses.

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Steamboat City Council moves to restore winter bus service

However, the city's bus lines that are the least utilized during the year, including the yellow and purple lines, could continue to see some tweaks or cuts.

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Local Scout places bronze markers at veterans' graves in Steamboat Springs Cemetery

In the past, when the American flags were removed from James Albert Chew’s grave after Memorial Day ceremonies, all of the visible reminders of the man’s military service disappeared from the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Deadline to return Steamboat community survey is Friday

As of Friday, the city had received back more than 1,000 of the 3,000 surveys it sent out to random households in the city and the county.

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City seeking ideas for riverside park on Yampa Street

City staff will host an open house at the Workman park at 603 Yampa St. at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Pot, bus service and city manager review on Steamboat City Council agenda

The public will soon find out whether the Steamboat Springs City Council believes its partnership with City Manager Deb Hinsvark has improved since November.

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Police station committee arrives at building recommendation

In the eyes of the committee, the construction of a combined city and county facility in west Steamboat is a better alternative to the city building a new station on its own or renovating its current police headquarters on Yampa Street.

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As summer approaches, new businesses get ready to open in Steamboat Springs

From a new artist studio to a new store that will feature lingerie on Lincoln Avenue, here's a quick look at some new establishments coming to town along with some other business updates.

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The next stop: Steamboat City Council weighs future of bus service

The pared-down winter bus service sputtered and irked many local riders. Now, city officials are hoping to avoid a repeat next winter by recruiting more drivers and walking back the cuts they made to the service.

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Parks and Recreation Commission endorses new beginner trail on Emerald

The commission on Wednesday night voted unanimously to recommend that city staff work with local cycling and trail building groups to design and and construct a new, gentler trail that would run from the stables parking lot at the base of Howelsen Hill up to the Ricky's Ridge trail on Emerald.

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City staff looking into new, gravity-defying summer attraction for Howelsen Hill

A Front Range consulting company that specializes in the development of ziplines and aerial adventure courses was at Howelsen earlier this week to start to see if the terrain at the park would be suitable for a course.

Mainstreet Steamboat creating new downtown directories

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs believes it has finally found a way to get more visitors to realize there is much more to downtown than just Lincoln Avenue.

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City braces for costly Howelsen Hill repair bill

The city is bracing for a six-figure repair bill, and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is hoping everything can be fixed in time for the slide to open sometime before July 4.

City has received back about 11 percent of community surveys, hoping for more

City officials want to get several hundred more of the surveys back in the coming weeks so that the results can be deemed statistically significant.

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City celebrates being named "Most Veterans Friendly Little City in Colorado"

Rarely has a Steamboat Springs City Council proclamation attracted such a big and distinguished audience.

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Local artist plans to save historic Workman house on Yampa Street

After a piece of paper with her name on it was pulled out of a basket in City Hall last month, Kelley Conner was the proud new owner of a 101-year-old home on Yampa Street.

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City council weighs future of bus service in Steamboat

Some council members are ready to hit the gas on new driver recruiting efforts and restore the level of bus service to what it was before it was cut back in the winter.

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Police station committee weighs pros and cons of shared facility

The committee is set to vote on the idea of a shared facility later this month.

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Community members can weigh in on future of Steamboat bus service Tuesday night

Steamboat Springs Transit Manager Jonathan Flint hopes members of the public show up to the meeting to reflect on their experiences with the bus service and make recommendations for the future.

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City outlines potential timeline for downtown improvements

If the Steamboat Springs City Council chooses a financing option that would involve assuming debt, the city projects the list of $10.3 million in proposed infrastructure improvements could be finished after three years.

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Moffat County law enforcement leaders tout shared public safety facility

Some police station committee members in Steamboat Springs are pointing to the success of a shared facility in Moffat County as a reason to explore such an arrangement here in Routt County.