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Scott Franz

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The Rio is closing after 13-year run in downtown Steamboat Springs

According to a press release from the leadership of the Rio Grande restaurant chain, it has become "increasingly challenging to operate" the Steamboat Rio three hours away from the company's headquarters in Fort Collins.

City of Steamboat looking for a spot to build a new Igloo

There are plans to soon replace this old child care facility with a new, slightly larger building.

No candidates yet for Steamboat City Council's District 1 seat

As of Friday afternoon, there were five candidates planning to run for three of the four open seats on the council.

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Steamboat Springs city manager to leave Sept. 1

Deb Hinsvark's exit was negotiated in public on Friday in Citizens Hall.

City attorney disagrees with claims council violated open meetings law

City Attorney Tony Lettunich disagrees with claims the Steamboat Springs City Council recently violated the state's open meetings laws.

Steamboat Springs City Council has violated open meetings law, attorney says

Chris Beall, who has previously represented the Steamboat Today in cases involving the state's sunshine laws, said the council has not been specific enough about announcing the purposes of its executive sessions before it convenes them at meetings.

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Emails shed light on city manager's rocky relationship with some members of Steamboat Springs City Council

Recent emails show the Steamboat Springs city manager trying to mend relationships with council members in the wake of missteps,

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USA Pro Challenge: How to avoid traffic headaches during the USA Pro Challenge

For a large part of Monday, your personal vehicle likely won't be the most efficient or expedient way of getting around Steamboat Springs.

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For Routt County children, annual fair is not all work and no play

At 8:30 a.m., it's time to feed the steer. But from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., it's all about the funnel cakes and the playing cards.

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Council to consider city manager separation agreement Friday

If a severance agreement advances and Hinsvark exits, it would be the third time since 2008 that the city's top employee has left amid a rocky relationship with some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Yampa River management subject of Wednesday meeting

Community members with ideas for how to curb the impacts of river recreation such as littering are invited to talk to parks and rec commissioners on Wednesday night.

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City manager's exit being negotiated

The City Council directed City Attorney Tony Lettunich to start negotiating a possible separation agreement with City Manager Deb Hinsvark last week during a closed door meeting.

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Council briefed on statewide URA changes

Changes to the state's urban renewal laws are causing some city officials and urban renewal attorneys to watch their language.

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City Council reacts to police department reforms

The limited amount of information released so far was a factor Tuesday night for some council members when they were briefed on several proposed reforms to the police department in the wake of the probe that was conducted by independent investigator Katherine Nuanes.

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City Council accepts police station recommendation

Eight months ago, the Steamboat Springs City Council couldn't agree on where to build a new police station.

Woman rescued in North Routt County after getting lost in woods at night

Search and rescue volunteer Kristia Check-Hill said the woman in her late 30s called 911 at 11:30 p.m. Saturday night to report she couldn't get back to her vehicle because she was lost in the woods.

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City manager could be subject of Tuesday executive session

Council members Scott Ford and Sonja Macys, who have twice this year made unsuccessful efforts to seek a new city manager, asked for the closed door session about Deb Hinsvark that could take place tonight.

City hires search firm to help recruit next police chief

When four to five finalists are selected, they will be brought to Steamboat for interviews and to meet with community members. City Manager Deb Hinsvark said the search process should take about 90 days.

Councilwoman Macys won't run again in November

Her announcement ensures that there will be at least three new council members on the dais in November.

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'Trip of a lifetime': Historic house on Yampa Street successfully moved to quieter spot

Brooke and Ryan Lightner were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary at a sushi restaurant on Yampa Street late Thursday night when they saw something surreal happening outside.

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Affordable housing project in west Steamboat clears another big hurdle

The Housing Authority and development partner Overland Property Group recently learned their 48-unit affordable housing project in west Steamboat will be backed by nearly $11 million in low income housing tax credits from the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.

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Major local road construction project delayed until next year

After receiving a single construction bid that was about 25 percent over the anticipated cost of the project, the city of Steamboat Springs has decided to hold off on the reconstruction of Central Park Drive until next year.

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Report details city manager's response to complaints about police department

As she listened to the city's only female police officer describe a lack of transparency, possible gender discrimination and overly-aggressive police officers at the Steamboat Springs Police Department, City Manager Deb Hinsvark sounded conflicted.

City may hire public information officer instead of deputy city manager

City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Tuesday she has decided not to offer the deputy city manager job to the lone finalist who was brought to Steamboat last week from Florida to meet community members.

Interim police chief releases a report from police investigation

Interim Police Chief Jerry DeLong is reviewing other reports from the investigation to determine if they will be released.

Driving to the Front Range? Construction projects make planning ahead important

Delays on Colorado Highway 9 could reach up to 45 minutes because of the major highway improvement project there. Meanwhile, road work is also expected to create significant delays on U.S. Highway 40 on Berthoud Pass, which some drivers have been using as a detour.

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Police station committee finalizes recommendation

The Steamboat Springs City Council will weigh the committee's recommendation Aug. 4 and decide what to do next.

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Steamboat ski passes getting tech upgrade

The era of fumbling through jackets and layers to find and display that ski pass to a lift agent at the Steamboat Ski Area is over.

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City Council asks county commissioners to invest in downtown projects

The Routt County Board of County Commissioners isn't convinced yet it should pitch in for infrastructure improvements in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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School district, YVEA reach agreement on purchase of school site in west Steamboat

The school district is considering using the 70-acre Overlook property as a home for the new high school that would have capacity for more than 1,100 students.

City council members want more information from police investigation released

"It was too general," councilman Walter Magill said of the vague public summary of the investigation the city released on Thursday. "I think you can put out a much more thorough summary than the report that was released."

Parks and rec department proposes capital improvement plan

The CIP proposal from the department would continue to replace several aging playgrounds in the city, convert irrigation systems at city parks to use raw water, and improve snowmaking equipment at Howelsen Hill.

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Company hopes to bring pot and wine pairing dinner event to Steamboat

Philip Wolf thinks it's unfortunate so many people only associate cannabis with fast food and "the munchies."

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City Council denies Triple Crown request to use Emerald ballfields

Pamela Lane residents will not see any more traffic on their street next year from Triple Crown baseball and softball games.

Steamboat Springs City Council talks shared public safety facility with Routt County commissioners

Commissioners on Monday agreed that the county first needs to do a space needs analysis for the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the 911 Communications Center.

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City Council to vote on Triple Crown contract

The proposed contract would let Triple Crown use the ballfields at Emerald Park for the first time.

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Steamboat deputy police chief announces retirement 3 days after police chief resigns

Bob DelValle's retirement comes days after the resignation of Police Chief Joel Rae.

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Steamboat City Council incumbents consider re-election plans

Council President Pro-Tem Scott Myller and councilman Kenny Reisman are term limited and can't run for another four years on the dais.

YVMC selects general contractor for big expansion project

The hospital on Monday announced it has selected Haselden Construction as general contractor for the $14.5 million expansion and renovation project that is scheduled to begin this summer.

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Howelsen Hill repairs commence

Crews have set up shop on the saddle of Howelsen Hill to start the very technical job of getting the Barrows Chairlift up and running again.

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Committee weighs in on plan B for police station

The police station committee remains committed to its recommendation of a shared facility next to the Routt County Jail, but it was asked by the Steamboat Springs City Council to come up with an alternative for a standalone police station in the event the shared facility doesn't materialize.

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Floating fair

As tubing on the Yampa River grows more popular and impactful, City Council wants to consider more river regulations.

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New stores open in downtown Steamboat Springs as old favorites find new spaces to grow in

Here's a look at some of the latest downtown business developments.

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Steamboat City Council gets early look at 2016 budget projections

Expecting city revenues will continue to rise next year, the city of Steamboat Springs is currently working on a budget that would increase government expenditures by about $1.6 million in 2016.

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City presents plan for new riverfront park on Yampa Street

The park will replace a century-old homesite on the river and it will become a piece of a new promenade that is scheduled to be created on Yampa starting next year.

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Proposed contract would let Triple Crown use Emerald ballfields

Under the proposed terms of a new five year contract with Triple Crown, one field at Emerald would be used in 2016, two could be used in 2017 and three could be used from 2018-2020.

Steamboat City Council discloses some details about police investigation

The Steamboat Springs City Council disclosed some details about the police department investigation in a short press release Tuesday night immediately after the council met behind closed doors to discuss some of the initial findings of the probe.

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Steamboat City Council pulls trigger on downtown improvement plan

The financing package approved by council will construct millions of dollars worth of new sidewalks, public restrooms and other basic infrastructure downtown by the end of 2018.

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Medical Matrimony: Scott and Kristen Fahrner

Scott and Kristen Fahrner were looking at a map on their dining room table in Portland, Maine, several years ago when Colorado stood out. It didn’t take a stethoscope to hear its call.

Murder suspect makes 2nd court appearance

Court documents filed recently reveal that Cole J. Pollard, 21, allegedly left a suicide note in his vehicle after the alleged crime.