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City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

After getting an earful from their constituents, some Steamboat Springs City Council members appear ready to revisit and walk back a decision to call first dibs on some free Strings concert tickets and VIP lanyards.

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City Council to talk housing, Howelsen Hill, goals Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will meet with a real estate development company that is interested in creating new neighborhoods on the west side of town, possibly on the Steamboat 700 parcel.

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Workman Park almost finished

City officials are hoping to cut the ribbon on the new Workman Park on Yampa Street in time for the busy Fourth of July weekend.

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1st phase of Central Park Drive project nears completion

On Monday, Connell Resources plans to open up the newly reconstructed portion of Central Park Drive where it runs from Pine Grove Road to a brand new roundabout in the middle of the shopping complex.

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City Council approves 1st reading of budget for Igloo, denies sidewalk variance

The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved the first reading of a budget for a new child care center, despite the project's increasing cost.

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City Council calls first dibs on free concert tickets, VIP passes

Councilman Tony Connell said the council is currently working much more than previous councils and deserves some perks.

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Suiter signs city manager contract

Gary Suiter has signed on to help the Steamboat Springs City Council accomplish a long list of goals, ranging from restoring public trust to building a new police station to coming up with a long-term plan for the city's historic ski hill.

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Doctors, hospital leaders endorse pot tax proposal

Levy would generate funds for substance abuse prevention, treatment

The list of people endorsing the proposal includes Tom Gangle, regional director of Mindsprings Health; Dave Wilkinson, emergency director for Yampa Valley Medical Center; several staff members at the Foundry, a local rehabilitation center; and YVMC CEO Frank May.

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School board says thanks and goodbye to elite class of retiring educators

There were audible "wows" from many members of the audience when School Board President Margaret Huron counted up the combined years of service of the retirees.

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Tuber rescued from raging Yampa River

The man, who had been floating on a double inner tube without a life jacket, had become separated from the tube in the cold, swift current.

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Final draft of Bear River Park master plan unveiled to the public

The final draft of a new master plan for Bear River Park calls for a wide range of amenities that would appeal to volleyball and basketball players, skaters, cyclists, hikers, rafters and boaters.

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City officials: Alternative snow dump sites limited

City of Steamboat Springs officials say they really don't have a better place to put Mount Marsh than its current home off 13th Street.

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City Councilman proposes new taxes on marijuana, lift ticket sales

A Steamboat Springs City Councilman is seeking support for two tax measures he feels are needed to improve city services and combat a local substance abuse epidemic.

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Sports Club plans to open Alpine Slide this month

The Barrows chairlift has survived its latest skirmish with Mother Nature atop Howelsen Hill.

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Franz: Mapping where Steamboat's wild bears roam

Take a look at the bear hotspots in Steamboat Springs.

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Planning commission endorses proposal to replace city child care facility

The new 2,500-square foot building will host up to two employees and 30 children at a time. It is replacing a 31-year-old modular city officials fear is so old it has become a liability.

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Steamboat Springs City Council sued over downtown apartment decision

In a lawsuit filed last week, Ken Manley claims the council did not follow proper procedure and broke rules when it approved several variances for the 60-unit 1125 Lincoln Ave. project, which will be taller and more dense than what is allowed by the city's Community Development Code.

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Memorial Day ceremony honors vets who made difference on battlefield and off

Wayne Iacavetto had one of the most important jobs of WWII.

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Distillery, climbing gym planned for downtown

Two types of businesses Steamboat Springs has never seen before are being planned for the downtown corridor.

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Crews working on new Emerald Mountain trail

Chainsaws were buzzing Thursday up on Emerald Mountain as crews worked to build another new mountain biking trail in Steamboat Springs.

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Emerald trails still stuck in mud season

Lower elevation trails open, but many remain unrideable

Mother Nature is making it more difficult than usual for volunteers to get Emerald Mountain ready for hikers and bikers this spring.

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City Council approves city manager contract

City Council approves city manager contract offer for Gary Suiter

The Steamboat Springs City Council has offered Gary Suiter a city manager contract that would pay him an annual base salary of $185,000 and give him a more generous severance package in the event his contract is ever terminated within six months of a council election.

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After 30-plus years of planning, Yampa Street project begins

Some Steamboat Springs residents have waited more than 30 years to see the groundbreaking ceremony that occured Friday on Yampa Street.

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City Council debates whether to keep new style of parking spaces

The city of Steamboat Springs' great reverse-angle parking experiment will continue despite some concerns from the city's elected officials.

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Dog patrol: Stepped-up leash law enforcement sparks resistance, debate in Dog Town USA

In a city that’s home to an estimated 5,500 canines, two officers are stepping up efforts to help keep the peace. But they are facing some resistance in Dog Town USA.

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Man gets car stuck in wet concrete on Yampa Street

Mike DeGregorio was a bit late to work on Friday.

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Council calls special session to finalize city manager contract

The Steamboat Springs City Council is ready to start dotting some i's and crossing some t's with the man they offered the city manager job last week.

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Commissioner pushes for more funding to make NW Colorado roads safer

The 203-mile detour around the major rockfall event in Glenwood Canyon may have ended months ago, but collatoral damage resulting from the interstate closure still lingers in Northwest Colorado.

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Suiter still in contract negotiations with City Council

The Steamboat Springs City Council was not ready to offer its top city manager job candidate a contract to sign Tuesday following a lengthy closed-door session that was called to negotiate an employment agreement.

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CIty Council narrows list of police station sites

The Steamboat Springs City Council has told city staff to abandon ship on the idea of building a municipal campus at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Council reverses decision and votes in favor of pot shop move

Majority votes in favor of marijuana business move

Curve Plaza is about to get a little greener.

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Dog rescue captured on body cam

Police Chief Cory Christensen praised the dedication of the officer.

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Council to revote Tuesday on pot shop move

Whatever council decides is poised to be controversial.

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Bantle files lawsuit against sheriff, county

The former police officer claims Wiggins' actions last year were unlawful and resulted in her departure from the police department and harmed her reputation;

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Main Street working on plan to bring more pedicabs downtown

Visitors who have a hard time finding a close place to park in downtown Steamboat Springs this summer could have a new, fun way to zip to and from a satellite lot or catch a ride for 10 blocks.

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Friendly ambassadors will share parking secrets, dining picks with downtown visitors this summer

Main Street seeks ambassadors to assist Steamboat visitors

Main Street Steamboat Springs is seeking volunteers for a new downtown ambassador program that will place walking, talking information booths in the city's commercial center.

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River Road back open following rockslide

City crews finished cleaning up the section of River Road on Thursday, and the road is now reopen.

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City officials continue to monitor Howelsen Hill landslide

City officials say it's too early to gauge impact of latest Howelsen slide

Howelsen Hill just won't sit still.

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Highway 9 drivers face long delays, rough road

It might be time for drivers in Northwest Colorado to start taking Colorado Highway 131 or Berthoud Pass to get to and from the Front Range.

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City Council looking into whether city manager search firm breached contract

The Steamboat Springs City Council is questioning whether the search firm it paid to help find its next city manager thoroughly vetted all of the candidates and delivered on all of its promises.

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Council offers city manager job to Gary Suiter

Council says interim has "righted the ship" during dark days

The Steamboat Springs City Council has offered the city manager job to a man they say is a steady hand who arrived at City Hall seven months ago and "righted the ship" during some of the city's darkest days.

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Yampa Street project starts soon

The city of Steamboat Springs is planning to select Duckels Construction as the contractor for all of the work.

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Council to select city manager and talk bears, dogs

Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will choose who it wants to oversee the city's roughly 275 employees and $60 million budget.

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Community panel announces top choice for city manager

Interview committee tells City Council interim city manager is best fit for job

The panel of community members who spent all day Friday interviewing the four city manager finalists wants the city of Steamboat Springs to stick with the man who has been leading the government on an interim basis.

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City manager finalists meet the public on eve of important interviews

Residents invited to sit in on candidate interviews

A forum Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center gave residents their first opportunity to meet the four city manager finalists and gain a sense for how they might fit in here.

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Former city manager agrees to home loan repayment schedule

On Monday, former City Manager Alan Lanning finalized the short sale of his home in the Silver Spur neighborhood and paid the city $73,693. He will repay the rest in monthly installments of $600 for up to 99 months.

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Developer gauging feasibility of new housing development in west Steamboat Springs

A real estate developer that successfully turned a former mining waste area in Breckenridge into a popular workforce housing neighborhood for locals has quietly been gauging the feasibility of a new neighborhood for local workers in west Steamboat Springs.

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Driver who crashed into regional transit bus in March was uninsured

Driver who crashed into regional transit bus in March was uninsured

The city now is facing the expensive task of replacing the bus after it was deemed to be a total loss.

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City Council selects new shortlist of police station sites

Four years and 44 days after new police station effort launched, city makes progress on building sites

The Steamboat Springs City Council narrowed the list of potential locations for the police headquarters to four locations on Tuesday night.

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City manager finalists to attend community open house and interview sessions this week

Steamboat Springs residents on Thursday can meet the four men who are vying to become the next city manager.