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Scott Franz

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Closure of Glenwood Canyon could send more trucks and traffic to Steamboat Springs

Rockfall mitigation work in Glenwood Canyon is poised to send some more trucks and traffic on a long, construction-filled detour route in Northwest Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday.

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SmartWool has new logo, socks, and soon, a new president

The leaders of SmartWool don’t foresee any changes to the sock company’s operations in Steamboat Springs following the recent departure of president Mark Satkiewicz, who was a strong advocate for having the company grow in the Yampa Valley.

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Sales tax growth stunted in Steamboat's cone zones

The impact to sales tax growth due to construction was not as great as city officials feared it could have been.

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City recommends council order structural assessment of neglected Butterfly Barn

The Steamboat Springs City Council could soon take the first step toward saving a historic barn being neglected near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Adventure of the week: Finding solitude at the sand dunes

It’s getting harder and harder to find solitude, even here in Northwest Colorado.

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Snapdragon Way almost ready to reopen

The closest thing to a moonscape in Steamboat Springs has been paved over.

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Council approves Bear River Park plan, but funding still in question

But don’t ask the council to fund the vision for Bear River Park anytime soon.

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City Hall to reopen on Friday mornings

The city in 2009 decided to close City Hall to the public on Fridays and extend hours on other days of the week as part of a budget-balancing furlough program that reduced city employees’ hours and wages by 10 percent.

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Council president questioned need for latest closed-door meeting on Howelsen negotiations

Council members are seeking changes to the joint use agreement, which spells out both sides’ maintenance and operating responsibilities at the historic ski hill, to give the city more financial security in the future.

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City Council votes down sin tax proposal

The revenue generated from the taxes would have been spent on substance abuse treatment and prevention efforts.

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City Council to discuss historic barn maintenance, Howelsen Hill future Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council will begin to move through its heavy agenda at 5 p.m. in Citizens Hall.

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Reports of big changes at base area resort raise many questions in Steamboat Springs

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort has told some prospective guests in recent weeks it is getting out of the conference business at the end of the ski season.

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Parks and Rec Commission to discuss electric bike rules as some press for changes

The bikes, which give riders an assist via an electric motor, are currently relegated to city streets and sidewalks outside of the downtown commercial center.

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City to host community meeting to discuss dog rule options

With debates about the city’s level of leash law enforcement and dog friendliness starting to heat up this summer, the city has scheduled a community meeting for Aug. 16 in Citizens Hall to seek input on its dog rules.

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Residents fear one of Steamboat's historic barns nearing the end after years of neglect

Before it was boxed into a corner next to a busy parking lot, tagged with heart-shaped graffiti and littered with cans and an old shopping cart, the Arnold family's iconic metal-roofed barn was a prominent landmark in the Yampa Valley.

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Parks and rec commission to oversee competition for excess lodging tax revenue

If community interest in the unspent lodging tax revenue is as strong as it was three years ago, the parks and recreation commission will oversee quite the competition.

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Spring Creek dam in need of costly repairs or replacement

The city of Steamboat Springs will soon have to decide whether it wants to spend as much as $1 million to replace a dam and preserve a pond at one of its most idyllic parks.

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Bighorn sheep continue a comeback in Mount Zirkel Wilderness

At $6 per head, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep used to be the most valuable cut of wild game meat consumed by pioneers in Routt County in the late 1800s.

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Businesses adapt to life in construction zone

How are businesses on Yampa Street faring with the major construction project that has put fences, noisy equipment and dust in front of their storefronts? It really depends on who you ask.

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Going the extra mile: Several miles of new trail in the works in Steamboat Springs area

In a place where trail builders have imagined developing seamless trails all the way to Dinosaur National Monument, big dreams are starting to become reality.

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Yampa River cleanup day removes beers, flip flops, undies and a computer monitor from water

The volunteers who spent hours cleaning up the Yampa River after the busy Fourth of July weekend will likely never know how that computer monitor got into the water.

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Residents urge City Council to make Steamboat more dog friendly

Former city councilwoman Kathy Connell is one of the residents urging the city to create more dog parks and tweak its ordinances to make them friendlier to dog owners.

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City kicks off 2017 budget season banking on 3 percent gain in sales tax revenue

Council members got a preview of the 2017 budget Tuesday night.

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Geologists start new survey of Howelsen Hill

"This is a very complex little spot," city facilities manager Steve Hoots said Monday.

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The Mighty Zirkel: Take a hike to the tallest peak in Routt County

The hardest part of summiting Mount Zirkel wasn’t the daring leap over a raging, ice-cold creek on the trek up Red Dirt Pass.

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Resident drops ethics complaint against Steamboat Springs City Council president

A Steamboat Springs resident who accused City Council President Walter Magill of corrupting and improperly influencing a variance hearing in January has dropped his code of ethics complaint against the elected official.

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Man dies in motorcycle crash west of Steamboat Springs

The man was driving the motorcycle with a female passenger when the motorcycle crashed and came to rest in a ditch.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Charlie MacArthur

He helped picked the city's new police chief and he helped build the new academic center at Colorado Mountain College. And those are just two of the many big things Charlie MacArthur has done in the community in recent years.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Geoff Petis

Downtown Steamboat residents who are sleeping more soundly these days (and not being awoken by street sweepers) can thank the city's bow tie-wearing lawyer. Geoff Petis, 35, has been in Steamboat for just two years, but he's already made quite the impact on our community.

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City Council members express interest in proposing additional taxes on marijuana, alcohol

The Steamboat Springs City Council in November could ask voters to consider putting an additional tax on the sales of alcohol, marijuana and possibly tobacco in the city as a way to boost substance abuse prevention and treatment in the Yampa Valley.

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Howelsen Hill negotiations back on track

Dozens of community members who packed the Steamboat Springs City Council chambers on Tuesday night because they were concerned about the future of Howelsen Hill left the building reassured by what they heard from their elected officials.

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Drivers urged to take detour around Highway 9 on Wednesday and Thursday

Crews will be installing a new wildlife overpass on the highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling.

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City Council approves several planning proposals

The Steamboat Springs City Council has signed off on a number of new real estate developments, including a 14-unit condominium project near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Winter Sports Club sounds alarm on Howelsen Hill negotiations

Negotiations between the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club over the future operations and maintenance of Howelsen Hill appear to be off to a rocky start.

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Steamboat Springs sales tax collections up almost 9 percent in May

A preliminary report from the city shows that after a flat month of collections in April, the city saw its tax revenue climb significantly in all areas of the city.

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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.