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

Chance for rain in Steamboat increases Sunday after dry second half of June

The dry spell could break over the holiday weekend with the greatest chance of rain arriving Sunday in the Park Range outside Steamboat as well as in the Flat Tops.

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Flying Diamond Ranch completes its conservation goals

Flying Diamond Ranch is a year-round cattle operation occupying the northern ridges of Thorpe Mountain where conserved land is visible to motorists traveling a two-mile stretch of the highway.

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New book collects the best 'Shenanigans' from Steamboat police blotter

"Ski Town Shenanigans" illustrates why its difficult to take life seriously living in a town where bears can open the doors of Subarus, and people come home from vacation to find strangers sleeping in their beds.

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Commissioners Corrigan, Monger worry about transportation funding

“It’s going to be the economic downfall of our state and probably of our nation. Our transportation infrastructure is pitiful.” – Routt County Commission Chairman Doug Monger

Southwestern Energy plans second well on existing Dill Gulch pad and a new well to the north of U.S. 40

Southwestern energy, which acquired the mineral leases of Shell Oil here for $180 million in 2012, also has a pending permit application at the state level for a new well north of Hayden.

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Gulfstream G-200 leads the jet parade as Yampa Valley Regional Airport reopens

A chartered Gulfstream jet inbound from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport swooped over the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport to gauge a stiff cross wind, circled back and touched down.

My dewlap is none of your darn business

Politeness counts. When threatened by a cow moose with youngsters in tow, do not say “Excuse me for living Mrs. Bullwinkle.”

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Routt County OK with Steamboat Ski Area master plan doubling as its conceptual plan

Any new chairlifts, as well as a higher-capacity gondola, which is being considered, would still go through the rigorous National Environmental Protection Act process overseen by the Forest Service.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport set to reopen Thursday after 70-day runway project

The contractors on the repaving of the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport lost 16 full days and more than 20 in aggregate to unusually wet weather in May.

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Routt County considers allowing OHVs on short stretches of county road near Black Mountain

Routt County isn’t talking, at this point, about going as far as Moffat has, allowing OHV use on all county roads unless otherwise posted.

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Authorities located Cole Pollard in the Trappers Lake area in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

NetJet pilots Mitch Baker, left, and Jim Ruttler landed the first aircraft arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport after a 70-day closure for runway construction shortly before 4:15 p.m. Thursday. The Gulfstream G-200 turned around promptly for Austin, Texas, with clients it met at Atlantic Aviation. Two more private jets had landed at YVRA by 4:49 p.m.

Darren and Carroll Zamzow purchased the Hahn's Peak Roadhouse in 2011.

United Express daily roundtrips on the Q400 turboprop between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver will be reduced to two instead of the the three that operated during the heart of the summer in 2014.

Despite sub-par snowpack, the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs was flowing above the median for the date on Friday thanks to above average precipitation thus far in May.

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