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

Routt County retains specialized architect to lead conceptual design of shared police, sheriff's building

The commissioners are taking on the contract in order to make progress this year and with the expectation they will be able to work out a cost-sharing agreement with the city at a later time.

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With passing of longtime former barber Ken Shovick in Grand Junction, Steamboat loses a genuine character

Family Barber Ken Shovick's great redeeming quality was that he loved to be insulted as much as he loved mercilessly teasing his customers.

Routt County investigates update of regulations designed to protect streams and ponds from development

The question is whether Routt County's waterbody setback regulations as drafted accomplish clean water without unduly hindering development.

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Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf retires after 38 years

Retiring Routt County Environmental Health Director Zopf was 24 years old in 1977 when he spied a job opening in Steamboat that became his life's work.

Jon Casson moves up in U.S. snowboarding/skiing, tutoring coaches

The United States Ski and Snowboard Association named former Steamboat snowboard coach Jon Casson it's new coach development manager, development programs for coaches nationwide in all snow sports

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New commercial building underway on west side of Steamboat Springs

Developer Stacey Bumgarner said the new building, which broke ground on Steamboat's west side, could be the first of several more to be developed completing the West End Plaza office park.

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Seventh Street home in Steamboat Springs added to historic register

While most of the country was still feeling the effects of the lingering economic depression, 1939 was a banner year for local builders. Construction began on the Hotel Harbor in 1939.

County Commissioners explore call-in phone lines for public hearings

Routt County Commissioners not ready for live TV, but exploring call-in phone access to allow grreater access to public hearings at the courthouse.

Routt County elective offices due for big pay raise, but for most, not until 2019

After a decade without pay raises, new state laws give elected officials in Routt County a 61 percent salary bump in 2019

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Steamboat pooch swallowed the wrong weed and wound up in Denver to undergo chest surgery

A weed called foxtails sent a three-year-old yellow Lab named Grady Day to a veterinary clinic in Denver this month for emergency surgery. Thousands of dollars later, Grady is back to his old self this week.

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Retiring Routt County Director of Environmental Health Mike Zopf and his wife, Arlene, were honored at a reception at the courthouse Sept. 21. Zopf, who has been with the county since 1977, said he would continue his personal commitment to several nonprofit organizations in the environmental field.

The concrete pour underway on the north side of U.S. Highway 40 on Steamboat's west side marks the beginning of construction on West End Plaza, a two-story, 15,000-square-foot, mixed-use commercial building that is expected to house businesses that offer a commercial service. Columbine Granite will be an occupant of the building. The blue building in the lefthand portion of the frame is NAPA Auto Parts.

Photographer John Fielder captures the headwaters of the Yampa River after the passage of a violent thunderstorm while gathering images for his book, "Colorado's Yampa River," in late July 2014. Flat Top Mountain is in the background.

June Florence and her dog, Champ, are happy to be reunited after Champ took an unplanned trip to Denver on Aug. 27. Champ's Facebook page helped his friends locate him.

Nancy Wiggins hangs laundry in the yard of her family’s historic log cabin in Hahn’s Peak Village on a Wednesday afternoon in August.

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