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Scott Franz

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Adventure of the week: Take in the views at the top of Rabbit Ears

The first time I tried to hike to the top of Rabbit Ears Peak, I failed miserably.

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U.S. Forest Service flooded with new trail proposals at Steamboat Springs forum

Dozens of people squeezed into a packed conference room in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night to offer their visions for all the National Forest that surrounded them.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members suggest more parking enforcement is needed

A parking consultant from Denver found that on Friday, July 11, there were 141 vehicles parked for too long in short-term spaces downtown.

Steamboat City Council moves to slow down downtown urban renewal funding talks

"This is a huge deal," council member Kenny Reisman said. "I'm not desiring to move at a snail's pace. At the same time I think it will be a very challenging item to approve if it's rushed."

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Locals 2014: Elaine Dermody

Elaine Dermody could fill several books with the text of her adventures. The 76-year-old has climbed Mount Whitney — the highest summit in the contiguous United States — twice, and she still loves backpacking in California’s High Sierras.

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New redevelopment project in the works near base of Steamboat Ski Area

Over the next few years Blue Sage Ventures is aiming to be a big part of a new sort of renaissance at the base area by sprucing up the iconic Clock Tower Square and adding new residences and commercial spaces around it.

Steamboat City Council to discuss downtown urban renewal funding plan

The use of tax increment financing would funnel future growth in sales and property tax revenue from new development in the downtown area toward public improvement projects.

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Gov. Hickenlooper spends Colorado's birthday talking business in Steamboat Springs

Governor John Hickenlooper was so impressed by what he saw Friday morning on a tour of Elkstone Farm in Strawberry Park, he gave the growing farm's leader some unsolicited marketing advice.

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Howelsen Hill survey reveals most think park is well maintained but facilities aren't up to date

The results along with interviews with the park's stakeholders and a series of public forums all be used to make recommendations for the park's future.

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Rock slide hits Mad Creek Trail, making it impassable for horses

Hikers and cyclists can continue using the trail but will have to hobble over the boulders about 1/2 a mile past the start of the trail.

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Steamboat astronaut will run in relay race from International Space Station

When Steve Swanson needs to either grab or pass the baton in the Wild West Relay race this weekend, things could get complicated.

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Future of U.S. Forest Service trails will be focus of upcoming meeting in Steamboat Springs

There are lots of dreams and visions floating around about the future of trails in the Routt National Forest surrounding Steamboat Springs. The challenge? There likely isn't enough money or manpower to build and maintain all of the proposed mileage.

Heavy rain subdues wildfire in Zirkel Wilderness Area

Trail closures in the area have now been lifted by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Parking consultant says Steamboat Springs doesn't have a 'big' downtown parking problem, but challenges remain

The ideas community members offered up at a forum focused on downtown parking improvements ranged from the grandiose and futuristic to the plain and simple.

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Major road construction project set to start Thursday in Steamboat Springs

Drivers should expect to see traffic go down to one lane near Pine Grove Road on the east side of town and near Elk River Road to the west.

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Community members can weigh in on downtown parking at Tuesday night forum

Will the issues with Steamboat's downtown parking soon warrant a big investment or change? That's a question parking consultants and community members could start to help answer Tuesday night at a parking forum at the community center.

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Firefighters continue to baby-sit small Zirkel Wilderness fire

Meanwhile, crews over in Moffat County are gaining control of some big blazes.

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Downtown Steamboat Springs on verge of one of its biggest makeovers in years

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett is used to things being busy downtown.

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City learns the cost of repairing Howelsen Hill mudslide damage

City officials reported this week that they anticipate the latest repair bill to fix the deep scars left by a spring mudslide won't be as substantial as some of the six-figure repair bills of past years.

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1st Yampa River cleanup day of season is Monday

If you've lost a sandal, sunglasses or a beer can in the Yampa River, Monday would be a good day to go back and retrieve it.

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Steamboat Springs bus ridership on the rise again this summer

Transit Manager Jonathan Flint said Wednesday bus ridership this summer currently is running about 4 percent higher this year than last year.

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Community members intrigued by high-speed rail system envisioned for Colorado

David Krutsinger, the rail project manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, was on hand to discuss the latest studies that looked into the feasibility of a 340-mile high-speed rail system that would take travelers from Denver International Airport to the Eagle County Airport and from Pueblo to Fort Collins.

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After months of speculation and interest from developers, future of TIC campus is clear

For two years, developers, city officials and others have toured the office buildings and vehicle bays of the TIC campus with different ideas for its future.

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Steamboat Springs' sales tax growth lagging behind other mountain communities

A group of 10 mountain resort communities in Colorado that includes Steamboat has seen its 2014 sales tax revenue grow by an average of 8.2 percent through May compared to the same time last year.

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Rescuers, medical providers tout new medical helicopter service in Steamboat

Had a medical helicopter not been on call in Steamboat Springs last week, rescuers said an injured man's journey out of a remote part of South Routt County could have been much more difficult.

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Yampa Valley Electric Association purchases TIC property for new headquarters

Yampa Valley Electric Association on Friday morning finalized the purchase of a large portion of what formerly was the TIC campus with the intention of making the property its new headquarters.

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Adventure of the Week: Outlasting mosquitoes and snakes deep in Dinosaur National Monument

If you arrive at this beautiful place deep in Dinosaur National Monument and find yourself being hunted by insects as relentlessly as I was, here's how to survive and still have fun.

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Latest round of traffic and safety improvements installed on Yampa Street

The city has finished installing a new temporary curbline on the street to help delineate parking and keep the bike lane on the roadway clear.

Steamboat City Council not satisfied with effectiveness of recent community surveys

As they were deciding whether to launch a new community survey, council members declared Steamboat is in a "survey slump."

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Meet Nina Lowe, the only person allowed to live at Fish Creek Falls

Every night, Lowe cracks open a window in her trailer at the start of the falls trailhead and is the only person in Steamboat who can fall asleep to the thundering roar of the water cascading down 283 feet.

Steamboat City Council orders public recycling bins for Yampa Street

Some council members wanted to have the city add recycling bins beyond just Yampa Street.

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Group seeks more trash and recycling containers on busy Yampa Street

In a letter to the City Council and city management, Routt County's Litter Solutions Committee called the need for additional trash and recycling cans on Yampa Street as "dire."

Marijuana complaint at Howelsen Hill leads to arrest of man in possession of stolen motorcycle

In addition to being ticketed for consuming the marijuana in public, police arrested Loren Christopher Osborn, 28, on suspicion of felony theft for possessing the stolen Kawasaki motorcycle.

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New downtown parking study underway in Steamboat Springs

The city's parking consultant has launched a public opinion survey to get a gauge of what people think of downtown parking.

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Colorado's teen pregnancy rate plummets as Routt County maintains 1 of lowest rates in state

Colorado improved from having the 29th-lowest teenage birth rate in 2008 to having the 19th-lowest in 2012, according to the governor's office.

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Aggressive cow elk relocated to Flat Tops as search continues for her calf

"We're going to continue to monitor out there and hopefully capture it," Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins said.

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New round of Rita Valentine Park planning set to start in the fall

With no budget for any sort of improvements, Steamboat's Parks and Recreation Commission decided Wednesday night it would be best to wait until the fall to resume talks about Rita Valentine.

Howelsen Hill survey open to public after slow response rate

The survey asks community members how they would like to see the park funded and to identify anything that prevents them from using the park (lack of ADA access, lack of money, etc.).

Steamboat Parks and Rec Commission resolved to learn more about recreation taxing districts

Commissioners said they want to move beyond maintaining the "status quo."

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More trails closed after aggressive cow elk returns

This time, the city has closed all of the trails that run along the M & H property adjacent to Rita Valentine Park.

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Marijuana sales tax data hard to come by in Steamboat Springs

The general answer, according to city officials, is that marijuana sales so far have accounted for a very small portion of Steamboat's bigger revenue picture. But the exact dollar figures never may be known publicly.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center gives patients new way to access medical records

Physicians at Yampa Valley Medical Center no longer are surprised to see a patient pull out an iPad containing their detailed medical history.

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Rise of Yampa Street: How a quiet dirt road turned into a funky downtown attraction

Yampa’s transformation into a popular commercial area owes its roots to business pioneers in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, with $900,000 in lodging tax dollars and a Steamboat Springs City Council that has made it clear that it has grown impatient with the slow progress of the vision for Yampa Street, the downtown roadway now stands the greatest chance of finally transforming into a more vibrant playground.

Rise of Yampa Street: Meet the committee members

Meet the committee members looking for ways to spend hundreds of thousands of lodging tax dollars on Yampa Street revitalization efforts.

Rise of Yampa Street: Safety improvements underway this summer

It started with the installation of several speed bumps to slow traffic down and continues with other infrastructure improvements.

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Rise of Yampa Street: Living at the Workman house

Meghan Lutterman said living in the 100-year-old house at the confluence of Butcherknife Creek and the Yampa River had many perks. But living for a few years in one of the last residences on a street that is becoming more and more popular had its drawbacks.

Steamboat City Council hits the brakes on recreation taxing district discussion

Without a clear understanding of what problem a district would be formed to solve, the council on Tuesday night made it clear they're not going to start looking into forming one right now.

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Steamboat City Council won't entertain police station ballot question

The council had a short discussion Tuesday night about that possibility of putting the police station question on a ballot at the request of council member Scott Ford.

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Steamboat City Council takes step toward adding riverside park on Yampa Street

By a vote of 4-3, the Steamboat City Council directed city staff to start negotiating a purchase price for 603 Yampa St., a lot that currently houses a yellow single-family home.

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Rita Valentine Park trails closed because of aggressive cow elk

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins said the elk, which gave birth to calves in the park Sunday night, has charged at unsuspecting people and dogs who have gotten too close to the animal and her young.