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Scott Franz

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Steamboat Springs Transit prepares to roll out big changes to winter bus service

Lots of riders are poised to love some of the changes. Others, not so much.

Proponents of downtown tax are optimistic heading into Election Day

Sometime after 7 p.m. Tuesday, everyone will learn whether commercial property owners in the downtown BID will pay an extra property tax worth four mills that could be spent on things like wayfinding signage, trash and recycling collection and parking management.

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Making it their way: Casey Earp: Local government guru

Casey Earp has been influencing city policy since he was 8 years old. As a child and an avid hockey player, he was one of many people to approach the Steamboat Springs City Council to ask the council to put a roof on the Howelsen Ice Arena.

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Making it their way

Young professionals are bullish on Steamboat Springs. They’re confident that more young professionals will want to come here despite the challenges of starting a business or living permanently in a remote mountain resort community. Read on to find the stories of six young professionals who quickly are becoming leaders in their community.

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Making it their way: Matt Eidt: Globe-trotter turned Realtor

The Yampa Valley Curse had to be strong to grab hold of Matt Eidt and get him to come back to Steamboat Springs.

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Making it their way: Lindsay Dillenbeck: Fifth-generation local business owner

Even as she was working in the White House, doing business consulting in Boston and living for a while in Los Angeles, Lindsay Dillenbeck always knew she would be coming back to Steamboat Springs.

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Making it their way: Kate Elkins: Mentor to future professionals

When Kate Elkins first started volunteering at LIFT-UP of Routt County, she realized she couldn’t continue to work at the front desk of a local hotel.

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Making it their way: Steph and Glen Traylor: Inspiring other young professionals

When Steph and Glen Traylor started Ski Butlers in Steamboat Springs four winters ago, they ran their ski valet business with one van out of their single-car garage.

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Iconic Ski Time Square property sells for $2.9 million

Blue Sage Ventures recently closed on its $2.9 million purchase of Clock Tower Square and some adjacent property. Over the next few years, the developers have plans to spruce up the building and add new residences and commercial spaces around it.

Steamboat Living: Things Steamboaters should know

No matter how long you’ve been here, there are certain things you ought to know how to do living in Steamboat. We’re not talking the obvious how to ski or bike, but the more intrinsic things to have in your seasonal arsenal here in Ski Town USA. No masters ourselves, we combed the valley floor for tips from experts to help ease the learning curve.

Steamboat Springs City Council continues to tweak city manager review process

"We're still just working on the process," Council President Bart Kounovsky said Wednesday following an awkward conclusion to what was supposed to be City Manager Deb Hinsvark's regularly scheduled performance review Tuesday night.

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Wendy's closing after long run in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat residents looking for Baconators, spicy chicken sandwiches and Frosty treats soon won't be able to find them at the Wendy's at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Anglers Drive.

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Steamboat City Council is 1 vote shy of adding parking meters downtown

An upcoming community debate could ultimately decide whether parking meters return downtown more than 60 years after they were ripped out of Lincoln Avenue and smashed at a party.

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Downtown park and parking headline Steamboat Springs City Council agenda

In the same evening, the council could start to direct some changes to downtown parking and also take the final step to purchase an old house on Yampa Street with the intention of converting the property into a public park. The council earlier this month voted 6-1 to pass the first reading of the purchase of the Workman property at 603 Yampa St. for $617,000.

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Ciao Gelato saying 'arrivederci' Wednesday

Lynne Romeo is hopeful when her business Ciao Gelato closes its doors Wednesday amid a search for a new location, it won't be gone forever.

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Steamboat City Council to consider downtown parking meter proposal Tuesday

A parking consultant with Desman Associates on Tuesday night will tell the council it should consider installing parking meters on Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street where they run from Fifth to 10th streets.

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Best of the Boat: Butcherknife's Amputator beer popular with locals

​With 7.2 percent alcohol by volume and a gruesome name, Butcherknife's new Amputator sounds a little intimidating.

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Best of the Boat: Blue Sage Pizza serves up the best slices

​Blue Sage Pizza has been on a roll lately. ​In the past year, the long-established local company has outgrown its small space in Central Park Plaza and now has two bigger locations on both ends of town. Oh, and the pizza still is really good — so good, in fact, that it earned top honors in this year’s best pie category.

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Best of the Boat: Discovery Learning Center named best child care center

Walk into the Discovery Learning Center and you immediately notice there's something about this place that children really love.

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Best of the Boat: Fiesta Jalisco wins best Mexican in crowded competition

​In a ski town where there are as many Mexican restaurants as there are ski shops, Fiesta Jalisco continues to be the restaurant to beat.

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Downtown Steamboat stakeholders still deciding whether tax proposal is worth the price

The fate of a proposed property tax increase in downtown Steamboat Springs rests in the hands of downtown business owners like Wendy Lyon.

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Businesses in Steamboat Springs recognized for sustainability efforts

The use of a worm farm to turn organic waste into valuable compost helped Steamboat's Pet Kare Clinic on Wednesday clinch the 2014 Sustainable Business of the Year at an awards ceremony hosted by the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium.

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City of Steamboat, Sheraton finalize Iron Horse rental agreement

The city and the hotel have finalized and signed a four-month rental agreement that will rent the city's vacant hotel to the Sheraton for $18,000 per month.

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City of Steamboat is updating its sidewalk master plan

City Manager Deb Hinsvark also recently updated the council on the city's desire to start using local improvement districts to fill in some sidewalk gaps around the city.

Steamboat City Council uses new method to set city funding total for nonprofits

The current council chose to make the allocation to non-profits based on a certain percentage of the city's general fund budget, excluding transfers, capital and debt service payments.

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Steamboat City Council wants city to keep negotiating with Routt County Humane Society over control of animal shelter

The city reached out to the Humane Society last year to see if it would be interested in taking over the shelter and to propose a business plan. However, the city passed on the plan because it concluded it would have cost the city more money than it currently is paying to run the shelter.

Steamboat Springs man arrested after firing bullet into wife's truck

The bullet ended up in the radiator of the truck and did not cause any injuries. Police arrested Steamboat resident Jeffrey Scott Buck, 52, on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm, criminal mischief, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

Casey's Pond employees ask Steamboat City Council to delay parking enforcement on Owl Hoot Trail

Casey's Pond employees and visitors don't want to have to ride a shuttle or walk across a highway in the snow this winter to get to and from the senior living center every day.

Steamboat City Council narrowly rejects proposal to restore $264,000 worth of pay raises for city employees

City Council President Bart Kounovsky floated a compromise plan that would have restored the pay raises that council cut from the 2015 budget last week, but with two caveats.

Steamboat police arrest man suspected of firing bullet through neighbor's bedroom wall while intoxicated

The arrest of Michael Amendt, 23, on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm in the Eaglepointe Townhomes marks the second time this month someone has been arrested in the city for allegedly firing a gun inside a residence and placing a bullet dangerously close to others.

Election Guide 2014: Former state senator challenges 2-term incumbent for 3rd Congressional District

Abel Tapia is running against Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd U.S. Congressional District seat.

Driver causes 3-car crash and minor injuries Sunday after falling asleep at the wheel near Hayden

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said Craig resident Jesse Decker, 18, was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 at about 7:40 a.m. when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2007 Ford Focus and drifted into the opposite lane of the highway on a right turn. Two people involved in the crash sustained minor injuries.

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Steamboat City Council to decide whether old house on Yampa Street should be razed to make way for new park

The council Tuesday night will consider the first reading of a contract to purchase the Workman house at 603 Yampa St. for $617,000.

New stores and activity spaces for children slated to open in former Franklin Mall space

Alexa Nachtweih is opening In Celebration of Kids, a business offering a variety of retail spaces and other children's services aimed at babies through tweens.

Steamboat Springs man arrested after bullet hits city attorney's Suburban

Police on Thursday arrested the man they suspect fired a gun in his home Oct. 1, sending a bullet through a bedroom wall and into the back of City Attorney Tony Lettunich's vehicle as he and his wife were driving by the home on Clubhouse Drive on their way to dinner.

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Steamboat Springs Dairy Queen location hit by credit card data breach

The Steamboat location was affected by the breach from Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 30.

City grant worth $362,975 will support up to 41 non-profits next year

When a few proponents of dozens of local nonprofits get together each year to agree on city funding totals for three coalitions of the nonprofits, things can get competitive.

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New pizzeria, breakfast spot planned for mountain area

Jeff and Kristi Brown are moving ahead with plans to add a grab-and-go style breakfast place and a pizzeria to the prominent mountain location that used to house The Market on the Mountain.

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Move to Steamboat: YVEA Purchases TIC Building for $9.7 million

Marking the sale of the single largest industrial-zoned piece of property in the Rocky Mountains, in July the Yampa Valley Electric Association completed its purchase of the 15-acre, 47,000-square-foot TIC campus at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road for $9.7 million. TIC has moved most of its employees out of Steamboat to consolidate operations on the Front Range.

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Empty 7-Eleven building in west Steamboat will become new barbecue joint

Two longtime North Routt families with deep roots in the community are opening a Moe's Original Bar B Que in West Steamboat.

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City of Steamboat Springs considering cuts to winter bus service

Some significant cuts and changes to the city's daytime winter bus service are on the table as the city grapples with a situation in which the bus service has run more than $100,000 over budget during the winter season.

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Pay raises for city employees draw scrutiny at Steamboat City Council budget hearing

Visibly frustrated by some of the scrutiny the plan was receiving from the council, City Manager Deb Hinsvark said the city has “people in the utility department who have been employed by the city for more than 30 years and who are not at the top of their pay range.”

New police bike patrols and other highlights from Tuesday's presentation of Steamboat's 2015 budget

From a revamped police bicycle patrol program to a debate over how to best remove dead trees from Emerald Mountain, there was a lot to take in Tuesday when the city of Steamboat pitched its 2015 budget to the city council.

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City of Steamboat's 2015 budget proposal adds more manpower, includes pay raises

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will weigh in on the city's proposed budget at an all-day forum in Centennial Hall.

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Steamboat's economic recovery weighed against other mountain towns at Economic Summit

After digesting a flurry of spreadsheets and line graphs, attendees of Steamboat's 20th economic summit ultimately saw that Steamboat's economy continues to grow, but the growth isn't as strong as in some other nearby mountain resort communities.

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Futurist tells Steamboat audience new technologies will be key for job growth

Frey on Friday took an audience of Steamboat Springs business leaders into a future where 3D printers are printing clothes and food, cars no longer need drivers and drones deliver packages.

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MountainBrew continues to grow with new location at Old Town Hot Springs

This will be the local coffee company's third location in Steamboat.

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New electric bus makes stop in Steamboat Springs on nationwide tour

When the 41-foot Proterra bus pulled into Steamboat's Stock Bridge Transit Center, it was immediately clear it wasn't an ordinary vehicle.

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Iron Horse Inn could become affordable home for Sheraton employees this winter

A rental agreement with the city would give more than 40 local employees an affordable place to live at a time when affordable housing is difficult to find in Steamboat's tight rental market.

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CDOT announces new efforts to curb traffic jams on Interstate 70

CDOT's latest strategy to combat the congestion includes more aggressively checking for bald tires that can lead to epic traffic snarls, providing more snowplow escorts and getting big rigs off the road during treacherous snowstorms.