Tom Ross

Features and weather reporter

Email: tross@SteamboatToday.com Call: 970-871-4205

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Tom Ross writes a column that appears Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He also writes features and covers weather news for the newspaper. He started working for the newspaper in 1979.

Tom has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is from Madison. His interests include Nordic skiing, Fly Fishing, book making and documentary photography.

Recent Stories

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One of three owners at Hayden power plant appeals state's valuation for local property taxes

Hayden power plant owner challenges state's property tax valuation

Routt County Assessor: $10.5 million in assessed valuation at risk in Salt River Project's challenge to state's property tax appraisal of of its assets at Hayden Generating Station

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One Book Steamboat devoted to Stegner novel, "Angle of Repose"

One Book Steamboat author Wallace Stegner is widely recognized as one of the mid Twentieth Century’s most influential writers about the American West.

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New area wildlife manager Kris Middledorf struck by community's devotion to conservation, wildlife

The wealth of habitat and diversity of species found close to Steamboat Springs have already made an impression on Kris MIddledorf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s new area manager.

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State Sen. Baumgardner: Steamboat would feel the economic effects of reduced power plants

'Loss of power plants would be felt in Steamboat'

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner cautions that if regulatory constraints on coal-fired power plants in Northwest Colorado lead to further curtailed production, or cause them to close, Steamboat Springs will feel the impact.

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Sheriff Garrett Wiggins' 2017 budget calls for new patrol deputy, investigator

As much as he values a second K9 unit, Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said his highest priorities are adding a new patrol deputy and a new criminal investigator to his staff.

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California couple seeks permit for wedding venue on Elk River Valley ranch

The owners of La Joya Dulce are seeking a county permit to establish a new wedding venue on what was once part of Three Diamond Ranch on Elk River Road.

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Colorado Water Trust praises local agencies for leadership, buys water to boost Yampa River

Water Trust acquires water to keep Yampa healthy into October

The Colorado Water Trust has joined the city of Steamboat Springs, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District and the Catamount Metropolitan District in ongoing efforts to boost Yampa River flows deeper into autumn.

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Old fire lookouts a reflection of ranger's unique talents

Celebrating the restoration of the Hahn's Peak Lookout

The work wasn’t as romantic as it sounds, and the days when lonely lookouts guarded the timber are all but gone. But the historic buildings remain important cultural markers in the National Forest.

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Candidates discuss balancing growth and open space

Kiwanis member Bud Romberg asked candidates for Routt County commissioner their outlook on permitting a new mobile home park in the county.

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Routt County losing 2 emergency response department heads to retirement

Routt County Director of Emergency Management Bob Struble, who has been in that role since 2009, intends to retire Oct. 7.

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Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne reads the book "Giraffes Can't Dance" during story hour Sept. 29 at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Lynne and officials from the state agency Serve Colorado are touring the state to share best practice innovations in early childhood literacy and shine a light on admirable programs. Every child in attendance received a copy of "Giraffes Can't Dance."

Kris Middledorf, the new Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Manager based in Steamboat Springs, said he was immediately struck by the diversity of animal species in Routt County and the community’s involvement in conserving habitat.

Logs dangle beneath a helicopter like pick-up sticks the morning of Sept. 26 as they are ferried off Emerald Mountain on the edge of Steamboat Springs. The effort is part of a six-year collaboration between the city of Steamboat and the Colorado State Forest Service to remove dangerous, beetle-killed trees from an area laced with trails shared by cyclists, hikers and horseback riders.

The steady rain that fell Sept. 23 elevated flows in the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, and a new water purchase from Stagecoach Reservoir by the Colorado Water Trust will help keep the Yampa healthy into October.

Mountain Valley Bank has entered the city of Steamboat Springs' approval process with plans to build a new two-story, 11,000-foot bank building on the last two undeveloped lots, pictured in the foreground, in Curve Plaza commercial center.

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