Tom Ross

Features and weather reporter

Email: tross@SteamboatToday.com Call: 970-871-4205

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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

Old farm to market road in South Valley due for a fresh coat of blacktop

Yellowjacket Pass could lose a little elevation during Routt County Road 14 paving project this summer.

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Growing new willows and cottonwoods for the riparian zone in the Yampa Valley

The shrubs and trees along rivers and streams play a vital role in the web of life in wetlands, which provide habitat during the year to 75 percent of plant and animal species in the state, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Cooling trend dropping streamflows in Yampa River after mild month of March

Snowpack in the Yampa Basin above Craig and Steamboat Springs is low and temperatures have been atypically high since March, but the Colorado River Basin Forecast Center still gives the Yampa River a 90 percent chance of peaking at 2,000 cubic feet per second.

Routt County commissioners decry Colorado Senate's 'raid' on severance tax fund

The mayors of Grand Junction and Rifle have joined all three Routt County commissioners in protesting that a portion of the severance taxes were always meant to go back to local governments to offset the impacts created by energy and mining industries.

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Dr. Larry Bookman retires as chief medical officer at Yampa Valley Medical Center

Dr. Larry Bookman said that the roles of chief medical officers both nationally and at Yampa Valley Medical Center, are evolving and requiring that they take on more and more administrative responsibilities.

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Crossans' Market lands $400,000 grant

The building that became Crossans' Market was built in 1903 by two brothers with a checkered past. Sam and Ed Bell, who had a reputation for strong-arming union leaders on behalf of mine owners in Cripple Creek, built the general merchandise store.

March saw nine days with high temperatures in the 60s in Steamboat Springs

April is promising at least a brief return to some semblance of normalcy in Steamboat Springs’ weather, with a chance of fresh snow on the ski mountain Thursday morning.

Resized rehab center in rural Routt County deemed a 'use by right,' gets the go-ahead

Developer Scott Borden knew last week when his permit was denied that he could still gain approval for The Foundry rehab center by limiting the number of residents staying there for treatment to a dozen residents.

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Rural mail carrier has been making her rounds for 47 years

Driving mostly dirt roads through one of the least-visited corners of Routt County, JoAnn Lombardi of Oak Creek has faithfully delivered the mail to a handful of longtime rural households for 47 years.

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Lower fuel costs mitigating expense of ski season flight program at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Program Director Janet Fischer is confident that reduced fuel prices paid by the airlines along with an increase in the average ski season fares into Yampa Valley Regional Airport will result in a lower airline bill later this spring.

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Benji Burrell and Kat Blount, of Asheville, N.C., celebrate a rare March 31 raft trip through Charlies’ Hole on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs. Low winter snowfall and unseasonably warm temperatures have heightened awareness of the scrutiny the Yampa is under as Colorado prepares this year to finalize a statewide water plan to meet the needs of a growing state through 2050.

Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District, explains the modern history of water politics affecting the Yampa River to a group of conservationists and policy makers near the confluence of the Yampa and Green rivers in Dinosaur National Monument in June 2013.

Benji Burrell and Kat Blount of Asheville, N.C., celebrate a rare March 31 raft trip through Charlies' Hole on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs. Low winter snowfall and unseasonably warm temperatures have heightened awareness of the scrutiny the Yampa is under as Colorado prepares this year to finalize a statewide water plan to meet the needs of a growing state through 2050.

JoAnn Lombardi, 81, of Oak Creek stretches Friday to slip a packet of mail into a box on remote Routt County Road 29. It was her second-to-last day as a rural mail carrier after 47 years on the same little route.

Christine Lee of Straightline Outdoor Sports is staffing the store's temporary second location at 907 Lincoln as the Lee family prepares to vacate their flagship location of 34 years at the corner of Eighth and Lincoln for about nine weeks during renovations beginning April 1.

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