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

After losing a landmark, town of Yampa invited to look to the future

When the Royal Hotel burned in January, the town of Yampa also lost a watering hole that offered much more than cold beer.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority close to applying for permit to build 48 affordable apartments

The tentative business arrangement with Overland Property Group to build the affordable apartments in Steamboat calls for the developers to absorb the entirety of the nearly $2 million debt on the land incurred by the authority in the real estate run-up of the last decade.

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Downtown improvement plan returns to Steamboat Springs City Council

City Council asked city staffers during its Jan. 20 meeting to return this week with additional research as they wrestled with the question of whether or not to fund public improvements in the downtown through a tax incremental financing program.

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Colorado Nordic skiing legend Sven Wiik turns 94

Steamboat's Sven Wiik, 94, who was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame way back in 1979, was born to glide on a pair of skinny skis on Feb. 27, 1921, in Solloftea, Sweden.

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Steamboat Planning Commission favors extending worker housing at downtown motel through April 2016

“In the broader context of things, I don’t think there are too many people in the community who aren’t applauding a free market solution to a rough rental market,” – Planning Commissioner Charlie MacArthur.

Steamboat could accumulate a foot of snow in four days while Southern Rockies get buried

The mega-storm that is threatening the Southern Rockies this weekend is unlikely to bury Steamboat, according to snow forecasters, but the ski area could accumulate about a foot by the end of the day on Monday.

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City of Steamboat Springs set to review use of downtown motel as workforce housing

The Alpiner motel owners came to the city formally in October 2014 seeking to operate a portion of the property as a lodge. Approval of that use was conditioned on the rooms not being rented long term and required that fewer than 20 rooms be rented.

Lodging chairman says Steamboat resort will bustle into first week in April

January delivered mixed results among different property management companies and part of the fall-off was attributable to hesitant Front Range skiers who are very discerning about ski conditions.

County adds new full-time building inspector

The number of requests for building inspections has increased annually since 2011 when the total was 3,875 to 4,996 in 2014.

Steamboat Movement Fest promises to bring yoga tourism to Steamboat

The Steamboat Movement Fest will offer outdoor yoga classes along with vendor villages in Gondola Square and live music on the performance stage.

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Recent photos

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.

Jed Moore of Rangely, wearing a pair or red chaps, leads the pack to the finish line in the stampede that concluded the 41st Bud LIght Cowboy Downhill at the Steamboat Ski Area Monday. The dual slalom race was won by Marc Gill, a bull fighter from Laramie, Wyoming.

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