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

Milner Landfill planning its own recyling baler west of Steamboat

The new recycling center at the landfill is planned to have its own baler, but glass is likely to be removed from single-stream recycling.

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April thrills and chills in Moffat County's Cross Mountain Canyon

The rapids in Cross Mountain Canyon have earned intimidating names like Osterizer, Body Pizza, Snake Pit and Death Ferry.

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Steamboat's 2013-2014 ski season saw measurable snow on 88 mornings

The best powder day of the season at mid-mountain arrived Dec. 23 with 13.5 inches, which landed in the midst of a six-day run ending Christmas Day that saw 27 inches accumulate at Thunderhead.

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Tom Ross: Logging a season's worth of powder tracks at Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat skier Soren Jespersen records all but a handful of the season's runs with the help of GPS app and Google Earth.

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Steamboat's flirtation with springlike weather comes to a frigid halt

The recorded high temperatures in Steamboat last week included: April 8, 59 degrees; April 9, 63 degrees; April 10, 57 degrees; April 11, 65 degrees and April 12, 63.

Direct flights from Houston this summer priced just over $500

A search on Friday for the direct flight to the Yampa Valley, leaving Houston (IAH) at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, and returning Tuesday July 22, produced a roundtrip fare of $505.

Routt County officials confront the complexity of finding a good match for salary survey

Eagle has more populous bedroom communities, Pitkin’s housing prices are skewed more heavily by mountain mansions and Summit has more ski areas.

Upper Colorado Basin ranked 2nd among 10 most endangered rivers in the nation

The nearby White River, flowing out of the Flat Tops, is No. 7 on the list because of the amount of energy exploration taking place along it length, an American Rivers spokesman said Wednesday.

Routt County's elected public officials must seek legislative approval for 1st raise in 7 years

County Attorney John Merrill told the commissioners in 2011, during a similar initiative, that the law requires the Legislature to appoint a commission (including two county commissioners from across the state) to review the salaries of officials biannually to ensure they are equitable.

New conservation easement reunites pieces of Routt County's historic McDermott Ranch

In terms of public benefit, the new easement expands the portion of the Elk River Valley that is protected from development beyond the possibility of a new ranch compound of a portion of the Six Plus Ranch.

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Recent photos

Keith Fortune was one of the stars of Horizons’ Milestones Idol karaoke contest Feb. 27 at the Chief Theater. Fortune performed Madonna’s “Borderline.” The event is emblematic of the many community organizations that collaborate with Horizons on events that enrich the lives of its clients.

Horizons’ new transitional independent living project, Soda Creek Apartments, was built with the help of a $1.27 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Horizons counselor Scott Larson, left, and Alyessa Yeagher, twist and shout at the Horizons Valentine’s Dance.

Horizons Special Services client Mark Leftwich (left) and Colorado Mountain College student Tiffany Russell, right, enjoyed the Valentine’s Dance at CMC on Feb. 11.

Colorado Mountain College student Brayson Pope, left, and Horizons client Bruce Rule, center, were dancing up a storm at a Valentine’s party hosted by CMC on Feb. 11.

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