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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Less waiting at new motor vehicles office in the Routt County Courthouse

County Facilities Director Tim Winter said the remodel of the motor vehicle office is part of a larger project that will upgrade heating and air conditioning in both the DMV and treasurer’s offices for a combined cost of $120,000

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Republican senate, congressional races main attraction for June 28 primary election

Senate, congressional races are 'primary' attraction

In the case of Colorado’s 2016 primary election, there might be more motivation for a Routt County Democrat to change his or her affiliation to Republican than vice versa.

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Grouse habitat conserved with former Acord Ranch hay meadow

724 acres added to ranch conservation corridor on edge of Flat Tops

Great Outdoors Colorado is contributing $214,050, or 35.7 percent of the value, to a new conservation easement outside the town of Yampa in South Routt County.

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Cow Creek takes a big bite out of Routt County Road 45

Routt County road workers are tackling the repair of a road leading to popular cycling trails that was deeply gouged by Cow Creek.

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Master gardener recommends mixture of vermiculite, blended compost and peat moss

Salad bowl garden

Steamboat’s growing season of 39 frost-free days, combined with clay soils and desiccating winds, presents its own set of problems for gardeners.

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Air service board recommends that city council not ask voters to renew .25 percent airline tax

Group recommends council not put airline levy on ballot

The decision not to ask city council to renew the airline sales tax was made with the understanding of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. executives.

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Changeable spring weather is messing with streamflows in the Yampa Valley

A federal hydrologist says the Yampa River has likely peaked in Dinosaur National Monument, but it's a different story where the river flows through Steamboat Springs

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The South Routt Community Center, home to meals for seniors and after-school programs, lands $141,500 grant

The hub of South Routt gets a boost

The South Routt Community Center, home to meals for seniors and after-school programs, lands $141,500 grant

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Routt County Commissioners authorize filling position of assistant airport director

Post vacant since Dean Smith retired in Sept. 2015

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Director Kevin Booth said YVRA — with its large runway, which is underutilized much of the year — could attract an aviation maintenance facility or even a manufacturing business.

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Mid-May the ideal time for foals to be born in Elk River Valley

Nothing compares to a newborn colt

Friday marked the first time Squirt had left the barn and the stall he was born in, but within 15 minutes, he was making short dashes around his mother.

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Cow Creek has subsided since inundating a large culvert beneath Routt County Road 45 and then attacking a smaller culvert where it gouged a chunk out of the dirt road. The county has closed the road to vehicles, bicycles and hikers while repairs are underway.

Andy Kurtz introduces a 2-day-old foal named Squirt to the big green world for the first time May 13 on the Kurtz Ranch in the upper Elk River Valley. The mare is Red Bell Pepper.

Jeff Foster of the the USGS launched a high-tech streamflow measuring device called an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler into the Yampa River at Fifth Street to make precise measurements of the river’s flows.

Beekeeper and honey producer David Truly of Truly Family Farm in the South Valley made a run to Grand Junction in late April to pick up several "packages" of bees for himself and other local beekeepers. One package contains between 5,000 and 7,000 worker bees, plus a mated queen in her own compartment within the package.

Female worker bees cluster on the protective glove of a member of the bee keeping club at Colorado Mountain College. the club is led by professors Tina Evans and Becky Edmiston.

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