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.

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Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner: Vote early to ensure final vote tallies on election night

The Routt County Clerk's office sent out 16,435 ballots the week of Oct. 17 for the all-mail Nov. 8 election, and by the end of the day on Monday, 1,400 or 1,500 ballot were expected to have been returned.

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Routt County construction industry hits biggest permit valuation in 7 years: $96.5 million

Fueled by 13 $1million home starts, numerous six-figure remodels and a handful of big institutional building projects, this construction season is putting up numbers like the Yampa Valley hasn’t seen since the boom years of almost a decade ago.

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Routt County government engages rules for rural pot grows

How big is too big? (When it comes to marijuana growing facilities in unincorporated Routt County)

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Routt Commissioner candidates: renewables matter, but saving fossil fuels jobs are highest priority

Routt Commissioner candidates rally behind coal

The future of coal mining and coal-fired power plants was on the minds of the candidates for Routt County Commissioner District 1 during Thursday night's candidate forum.

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Doug Allen prepares for final season in his career at Steamboat Ski Area

One of the highlights of Vice President of Mountain Operations Doug Allen's career at Steamboat Ski Area was guiding the replacement of fixed triple chairlifts with high-speed quads.

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West Routt's Jerry Green takes home Leckenby Award after 37 years on Heritage Center board

Jerry Green's early school year were spent in one-room school houses in the Dunstan (organized in 1892) and Beardsley (organized 1913). Perhaps that’s why he’s been so devoted to preserving the history of the region for all of these years.

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Naval petty officer Jed May serving on versatile warship in Western Pacific

Chief Petty Officer Jed May's duties on the USS Coronado include recovering helicopters like the SH-60 Sierra Seahawk to the tri-hulled naval ship after missions.

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Election Guide 2016: Referendum 1A — County asks voters to pre-approve pot excise tax

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is asking the voters to approve a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana grown for retail sale, anticipating it may consider permits for grow operations in the unincorporated county.

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Election Guide 2016: Referendum 5A — Mill levy increase sought for South Routt Medical Center

Without, the additional 2 mills of property tax, bringing the total to 4.095, that would provide an additional $185,285 in revenue, District Manager Ken Rogers said, he and the board would have to consider service reductions.

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Best Fishing Outfitter: Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

The increasing involvement of three generations of the Duty family is a significant factor in the success of Bucking Rainbow based out of a red brick building at 730 Lincoln Avenue that’s as solid as the business.

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Crews working for Haselden Construction were completing exterior finishes and installing landscaping outside the new addition to Yampa Valley Medical Center this month. The $3.89 million building permit valuation for this summer's work at the hospital contributed to a total permit valuation for Routt County and Steamboat Springs of $96.5 million through the end of September.

Construction of custom homes like this one being built by Amaron Folkestad in The Range at Wildhorse Meadows, combined with large home remodeling projects, have spurred a resurgence in the construction industry here. As of the end of September, building permit valuation had surpassed totals for the previous seven years, at $96.5 million.

Routt County Human Resources Assistant Georgian Kalow, left foreground, and CSU Extension Assistant Jessica Quigley were recognized Oct. 10 for their devotion to Routt County's core values by the Board of Commissioners Doug Monger, Cari Hermacinski and Tim Corrigan. A third honoree, County Purchasing Agent Marti Hamilton, was unable to attend.

Colorado House District 26 candidates, Republican challenger Michael Cacioppo, left, and incumbent Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, right, exchange cordial greetings prior to responding to questions from the members of the Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club Oct. 4.

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn gives the Board of Commissioners an update on a meeting she and her legal counsel had with Peabody Energy officials in Denver Oct. 4 to discuss the impasse over their unpaid 2016 taxes and associated interest.

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