Tom Ross

Features and weather reporter

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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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Lower fuel costs mitigating expense of ski season flight program at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Program Director Janet Fischer is confident that reduced fuel prices paid by the airlines along with an increase in the average ski season fares into Yampa Valley Regional Airport will result in a lower airline bill later this spring.

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Please, no cows in the cemetery

Sam Haslem told a story about the days when cowboys in far western Moffat County drove their cattle at a leisurely pace all of the way to the railroad yards in Phippsburg, south of Steamboat Springs.

The Foundry, voted down by Routt County commissioners, would have treated addiction

The Foundry rehab center developer Scott Borden told the Routt County Commissioners that his plans to operate on a rural property are central to his holistic approach to treating addiction.

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21st Century homesteaders 'love the land' as much as old-timers

Rita Herold described the early 1920s when lettuce and spinach were big cash crops in South Routt, and local lettuce was served in Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Snowmelt is underway above 9,000 feet on Rabbit Ears Pass east of Steamboat

Snow has been disappearing from the valley floor at a rapid rate this month, but travelers headed over Rabbit Ears can also see plain signs of an early runoff above 9,000 feet.

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Steamboat ponders 4 Points Lodge expansion

No decision yet to build, but Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. gains county approval for major addition to two-year-old Four Points Lodge dining room.

County considers commercial snowmobiling on conserved West Routt Ranch

Routt County Planning Commission agreed with Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins' recommendation to curtail the dates of commercial snowmobile operations on Elkhead Ranch to protect an “extremely important” elk migration corridor.

Yampa being considered for supplementary flows for third time in four years

Zach Smith, attorney for the Colorado Water Trust, told the board members of the Conservancy District Wednesday that while no decision has been made to supplement the Yampa’s flows again this summer, they want to have agreements in place by late May.

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Snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat loses 12 points since March 4

The Yampa’s flows of 337 cubic feet per second Wednesday, where it passes beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in Steamboat, were more than double the median for the date, according to records kept by the U.S. Geological Survey.

State grants to fund RV hookups to computer networks in Steamboat, Routt County

Routt County will recognize the popularity of people staying overnight in motor homes at the county fair and at livestock shows by using its $6,589 “mini grant” from the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to execute the planning for new RV hookups.

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Christine Lee of Straightline Outdoor Sports is staffing the store's temporary second location at 907 Lincoln as the Lee family prepares to vacate their flagship location of 34 years at the corner of Eighth and Lincoln for about nine weeks during renovations beginning April 1.

Avid mountain climber, Dr. Dan Smilkstein, left, and longtime Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross country skiing Coach Greg Burkholder, right, were among the many well-wishers wanting to be photographed Saturday with Colorado Ski Hall of Fame member Sven Wiik at his 94th surprise birthday party.

Garrett Fisher used his vintage Piper PA-11 Cub Special as a photography platform that allowed him to capture images of the Colorado River and its major tributaries across Colorado's Western Slope for his new book, "Where the Colorado River is Born."

Former Oak Creek Mayor Vi Shaffer holds a photograph of her late brother Navy Fireman 2nd Class Philip Jess Vawter, who died at the age of 17 in November 1943 when the aircraft carrier he was serving on was struck by a torpedo fired from a Japanese submarine. Shaffer's family was notified that Jess Vawter would be awarded a Purple Heart, but she never saw it and her relatives had never talked about its existence. Early this winter, after years of trying, she received a duplicate Purple Heart and several other medals honoring the brother she lost when she was just 8 years old.

After three handwritten letters to the Bureau of Naval Personnel failed to win a response, Oak Creek resident Vi Shaffer, 80, wrote to President Barack Obama asking for a new Purple Heart medal to replace one awarded to her brother who went down with his Navy ship in 1943. Her wish was granted.

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