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.

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Soggy holiday weekend forecast sets up nicely for Steamboat's 35th Yampa River Fest May 30-31

Drought is not in Steamboat’s forecast this summer. The National Climate Center says odds favor a wetter summer than usual, with the probability that June, July and August will also see above average precipitation.

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Exclusive 9-hole golf course gets nod of approval from Routt County Planning Commission

Peter Patten, a land use planner consulting for the ownership group that paid $17.65 million for Windwalker Ranch in 2012, said he prefers to refer to the project as a “golf amenity” instead of a nine-hole golf course.

Routt County Planning Commission considers approving very private golf course

Windwalker Ranch is expected to seek to persuade county officials to permit a private golf course by offering to spend at least $100,000 to improve the Yampa River banks.

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Rural Routt neighbors banding together to thwart hungry hoppers

“I was shocked to see the numbers of those little grasshoppers in micro climates – up against warm buildings,” he said. “They’re not supposed to be hatching in April at 7,000 feet," – CSU Extension entomologist Bob Hammon

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Ski Corp. execs share views of post-merger airline industry with Routt County commissioners

The most effective strategy for Yampa Valley Regional Airport during ski season has been to secure flights form regional hub airports that draw passengers from 40 or 50 cities beyond the hub.

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Soggy weather delays runway paving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

When the weather improves airport director Kevin Booth said, crews from Grand Junction-based United Co. are prepared to lay down asphalt on the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport around the clock.

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Soggy May weather delays runway paving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

When the weather improves airport director Kevin Booth said, crews from Grand Junction-based United Co. are prepared to lay down asphalt on the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport around the clock.

Routt County commissioners set to sign off on beer garden at the fair

Routt County Fairgrounds manager Jill Delay reminded the board that alcohol sales at the fair had been banned by the county commissioners in the early 1990s and then approved in 2010, but the only time a beer garden was actually offered was in 2012.

Red Cross gives out free smoke alarms in Steamboat mobile home parks

Red Cross volunteers went door to door in the Fish Creek and Sleepy Bear mobile home parks Saturday, visiting 25 homes, installing 38 new smoke alarms and changing nine batteries in existing alarms at no charge.

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May showers bring normal streamflow in Steamboat despite sub-par spring snowpack

It was a tale of two rivers in the upper Yampa Basin, with the Yampa River in Steamboat flowing close to the range of typical streamflows for mid May, but with the Elk River already flowing well below the median flow for the date.

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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.

Jeff Troeger of Steamboat Springs proudly showed off his all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2013.

Robyn and Lambert Orton go before the Routt County Planning Commission May 7 seeking a permit to host weddings and events at BAR-O Ranch on Routt County Road 24 off U.S. Highway 40 opposite Haymaker Golf Course.

Assistant Routt County Attorney Erick Knaus was selected by the county commissioners from among three finalists to replace County Attorney John Merrill when he retires after 24 years on July 31.

This new home in The Range at Wildhorse Meadows, which was getting its roof membrane installed Friday after construction proceeded through a mild winter is emblematic of resurgent interest in the purchase of building lots in Steamboat.

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