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Scott Franz

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Highway 9 construction project nears completion

Drivers should expect fewer delays on the highway between Silverthorne and Kremmling as the project nears the finish line.

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After 2 years of darkness, Lincoln Avenue could see return of holiday lights

Main Street Steamboat Springs Manager Lisa Popovich is working as hard as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to try and bring the holiday lights back to downtown Steamboat Springs this year.

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More drivers starting to use city's electric vehicle charging station

Steamboat Springs businesses and nonprofits that have been considering adding an electric vehicle charging station to their parking lots have until Oct. 31 to apply for a chance to receive financial help from the state for their station.

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Dog advocates prepare to submit proposed rule changes to City Council

Trail improvements at Rita Valentine Park, a dog poop composting program and more off-leash zones are among the things dog advocates in Steamboat Springs are considering proposing to city officials in the coming months.

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Steamboat Springs Transit manager named Colorado transportation professional of the year

When Steamboat Springs Transit Manager Jonathan Flint goes on a bus tour in Switzerland, the bus driver has to field more questions from Flint about the bus itself than the surrounding scenery.

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3 horses killed after being hit by truck on South Routt highway

The deceased geldings included 3-year-old Buddy, 8-year-old Partner and 18-year-old Cowboy.

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Steamboat Springs restaurateur plans to open new concept in former bistro c.v. space

Bartenders and chefs will be a big part of the entertainment at Phil Armstrong's newest restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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City of Steamboat Springs: Emerald Mountain tree removal project 60 percent complete

City officials are reporting Emerald Mountain is becoming a safer place for bikers, hikers and equestrians thanks to the recent removal of thousands of dead and hazardous trees.

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Election Guide 2016: Amendment 70 — Raising Colorado's minimum wage

Colorado voters will decide whether this state should follow the lead of some other states and cities that have recently raised their minimum wages.

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West Steamboat housing discussions to continue with hearing on water impacts

The Steamboat Springs City Council will hold what might be one of its most consequential public hearings of the year later this month to discuss how new neighborhoods in west Steamboat might impact the city’s water system.

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Steamboat Springs City Council president under fire after being hit with 2nd ethics complaint

It was also revealed Tuesday that some city employees have lodged complaints against Walter Magill in recent months.

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Best Dog: Duncan, the chocolate lab

Steamboat’s top dog enjoys popcorn, Kraft Singles, Cheetos, dirty socks and moonlight walks through Rita Valentine Park.

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Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: Ciao Gelato

When Ciao Gelato had to close in Steamboat Springs two years ago because it couldn’t afford to renew its lease at Seventh and Yampa streets, the community saw just how popular, and valued, the eatery was.

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Best Bakery and Coffee Shop: MountainBrew

Tasha Compos knows she’ll never make the big bucks running her small coffee shop and bakery business in Steamboat Springs.

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Historic preservationists hope to reinforce iconic Arnold barn before snow starts to pile up

The grassroots campaign to save an iconic barn at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area is picking up steam and uncovering more history about the 71-year-old structure.

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Steamboat Springs resident files campaign finance complaint against Republican House District 26 candidate

In a complaint he recently sent to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, Paul Reynolds alleges that candidate Michael Cacioppo should have disclosed in his campaign finance reports the value of some pro-Cacioppo content that has recently run in the newspaper Cacioppo owns in Eagle County.

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Tree Haus residents will weigh in on debt hike to improve roads

A tax proposal would increase the Tree Haus Metro District’s debt $1.25 million to improve the private neighborhood’s roads, which have not been asphalted since 1989.

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Adventure of the week: Searching for gold in the Flat Tops

I finally had my camera all dialed in to take the perfect photo of my tent glowing under the stars and golden aspens on Dunkley Pass last Saturday night when I heard something large moving in the bushes behind me around 9 p.m.

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Steamboat Springs resident asks City Council to allow small pigs as pets

“Pigs are incredibly smart, and they’re wonderful companions,” Rory Clow said before listing the other benefits of having small pigs as pets.

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City Council weighs in on capital improvement plan

The Steamboat Springs City Council is poised to soon debate the future of Spring Creek Park, the timing of the construction of a new fire station and whether to add seat belts to regional buses in the wake of a city bus crash that sent several people to the hospital.

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New Emerald Park access slowly chugging along

The city of Steamboat Springs is now hoping to have the new and much-anticipated entrance to Emerald Park open by fall 2017 or spring 2018. But the schedule for the new access remains at the mercy of the railroad.

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City's 4-year-old quest to build new police station nearing finish line?

City, county resolve to reach agreement over shared law enforcement facility

When Routt County commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council members sit down at their Thanksgiving dinner tables this year, they could be saying they are thankful for successfully negotiating a deal to build a shared law enforcement facility that could save taxpayers more than $1 million.

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City, county to discuss shared law enforcement facility plans on Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night to decide whether to keep moving forward with plans for a shared law enforcement facility on the west side of the city.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members raised concerns about ski pass perk, emails show

The discussion occurred following a ski season when two of the ski passes went missing and one councilman caught some flak for his frequent use of the city benefit.

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City's proposed capital plan includes new traffic signals, police and fire facilities and seat belts on regional buses

A new police station and a new fire station remain on the list for possible construction in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

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Yampa Street sees big sales gains in July despite construction

Construction cones, noisy trucks and more limited parking didn’t stop residents and visitors from spending more money on Yampa Street at the peak of the summer tourist season.

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Steamboat Springs City Council president stands by approval of controversial apartment project

“At this point, I’m not willing to reconsider it,” Walter Magill said Thursday. “I’ll be interested in hearing what the court has to say. We looked at each of the variances and had a dialogue on it” before we approved those variances.

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3 men arrested after armed robbery at Steamboat Springs gas station

Two Craig men suspected of carrying out an armed robbery at a convenience store in Steamboat Springs late Wednesday night were arrested less than an hour later after a police officer noticed a truck speeding through the downtown area without headlights on.

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City officials discuss potential water needs for westward expansion

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night got a crash course on the city’s water infrastructure and how much money it might take to water a westward expansion.

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Steamboat Springs marijuana industry continues to grow in 2016

Marijuana dispensaries in Steamboat Springs have sold almost $900,000 more in product so far this year than they did during the first seven months of 2015.

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Area wildfires see significant growth over the weekend

The growth of the fires is also poised to result in the closures of some more trails and recreation areas in the National Forest around Steamboat Springs.

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Man arrested in Hayden following short standoff with police

Law enforcement officers who responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in Hayden Friday night say they encountered a man with a loaded shotgun who was hiding behind a bush and warning authorities he was a marksman.

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Transparency. Transparency. Transparency? Steamboat Springs mulls changes to make government more open

Sometimes, citizens read Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell’s emails before he does. And he doesn’t think it’s that odd.

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Still no fix for broken holiday light system in downtown Steamboat Springs

The holiday lights that have graced the trees on Lincoln Avenue have been dark for two winter seasons, and they might not be back this year.

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City Council still trying to figure out how to avoid marathon meetings

Comcast's television guide program often doesn't anticipate the council's meetings to last past 9 p.m.

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City hiring PR manager to help with outreach, messaging

The city is currently advertising the PR position with a pay range from $60,100 to $90,100, depending on experience.

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City releases log of council's emails

The 85-page log, which does not include the content of the emails, gives an initial glimpse at the topics council members talk to each other about online.

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City Council narrowly approves PR effort for air service program

A related funding request from the stewards of the air service program was controversial in council chambers last year, and the former council cut the $50,000 request in half.

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Man airlifted off Buffalo Pass after motorcycle crash

An off-duty U.S. Forest Service employee from Walden was airlifted off the top of Buffalo Pass Monday after he was injured in a motorcycle crash.

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Big Agnes, Honey Stinger secure new headquarters in Steamboat Springs

Big Agnes and Honey Stinger announced Tuesday their ownership recently closed on the $1.3 million purchase of a 20,500-square-foot building from Vectra Bank on Resort Drive.

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Black Tie Ski Rentals has new owners

Ian Prichard is selling the growing ski rental delivery service he started 14 years ago out of a garage off Hilltop Parkway.

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Steamboat bringing back Restaurant Week

Leaf peepers in Northwest Colorado will have a mouth-watering new reason to make a pit stop in Steamboat Springs at the end of September.

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Trail maintenance endowment fund starting to catch on

A Facebook page has been launched, and the organizers of the Run Rabbit Run race are offering to donate to the fund if volunteers donate their time to help clean up trails after the event.

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Forest Service approves Buffalo Pass trails project

An objection to the trails project from two residents and a Front Range environmentalist delayed the work for several weeks, but U.S. Forest Service officials said the concerns the petitioners raised will ultimately make for a better project.

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Steamboat Springs Transit almost has record-breaking summer performance

More and more riders are catching a free ride aboard Steamboat Springs Transit buses this summer.

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Dog working group starts meeting Tuesday

Dog advocates in Steamboat Springs will gather in Citizens Hall Tuesday night to start sniffing out some possibilities to make the city more dog friendly.

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Bow hunters rescued from cliffs on Mount Werner

Two rescuers with headlamps rappelled down the cliffs in the dark to get to the bow hunters and hoist them down to safety.

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City on final approach with airport manager hiring

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said Tuesday the city plans to interview four finalists for the job next week.

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Main Street touts accomplishments in state of the street address

Popovich said as of July, 15 new businesses had opened, and seven had closed downtown.

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City calls in help to boost Yampa River flow

In announcing the water releases, the city noted that below average summer rainfall has kept Yampa River flows slower.