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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Winter makes appearance above 10,000 feet on Steamboat Ski Area

Snow was falling, but not sticking, in downtown Steamboat midday Wednesday, and the National Weather Service in Grand Junction was calling for 3 to 5 inches of snow to accumulate Wednesday afternoon.

Navigator Awards chart a course to new venue at Strings Pavilion

The Navigator Awards present an opportunity to celebrate the best business practices of successful entrepreneurs in the community.

Routt County ready for Colorado's 1st partisan mail ballot election

Voters who complete mail ballots may choose to drop them off in a secure, outdoor box located under the elevated walkway linking the old Routt County Courthouse with the annex.

5 years of declining passengers numbers zap airport revenues

The open position of assistant airport manager at YVRA will not be filled this year and operations of Three Wire restaurant in the terminal, expected to lose $358,000 this year, will be cut back significantly outside of ski season.

Remote buildings eligible for building permits after the fact

Routt County commissioners gave a Craig man until Aug. 1 to apply for building permits, and he engaged an engineer and draftsman in order to comply.

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Routt County approves new conservation easement on Deep Creek

Deep Creek Meadows Ranch has been in agricultural production since the 1930s. Fred and Flora Wolf have owned and operated the ranch with productive irrigated hay meadows for 30 years.

Routt County commissioners hesitant to place time constraints on camping on private land

“What problem are we trying to solve? How many complaints over 10 years have there been about camping? I do think there would be a little less enjoyment of peoples’ private property.” – Tony Connell

Routt County commissioners ponder limiting length of stay for camping on private land

Tuesday’s discussion could center around the question of whether or not dwelling in nontraditional living quarters like yurts and converted buses over extended periods of time still constitutes permissible camping.

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U.S. 40 paving project reaches east side of Steamboat, remains on schedule

Although the project has been underway for seven weeks, motorists still are adjusting to signage posted by the contractor asking motorists to remain in two lanes until they reach the designated narrowing point, where they are asked to alternate.

More than 3,700 abandoned Routt County tires will fuel El Paso County cement plant

Funding of $17,000 from the Colorado Waste Tire Program is available to cleanup nearly 4,000 tires from four sites in Routt County including one in Oak Creek Canyon where an estimated 3,000 tires are being stored.

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John Fielder, the publisher of many books about Colorado’s wild places, finds it difficult to tear himself away from the largest field of alpine sunflowers he has ever seen in the western end of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area on July 27.

Pat Tierney performs the nightly ritual of purifying drinking water from a tarn still partially covered by snow and ice in the midst of a llama trek July 25 in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area south of Steamboat Springs.

The well-known Colorado landscape photographer and passionate wilderness advocate John Fielder leads a pair of pack llamas across a late July snowfield above 11,000 feet in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

John Fielder captures the warm light that follows a rain shower with 12,324-foot Flat Top Mountain in the background.

The glacial arrete known as the Devil’s Causeway tests the nerve of hikers while providing a dramatic entry portal to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

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