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 real estate market up 4.2 percent to $441.5 million as of September

Real estate market reflects a shortage of homes priced in 'sweet spot' from $1 -$1.3 million prized by location neutral workers relocating to Steamboat.

Rare copies of Three Wire Winter Steamboat history magazine find new digital history

The digitization of the Three Wire Winter magazine will preserve the recorded voices of mid-Twentieth Century Routt County pioneers.

D Bar K tells county it plans to boost non-profit STARS while expanding storage units

STARS inline to use 'active' open space at storage expansion

D Bar K proposes 270 additional storage units south of Steamboat Springs city limits

Routt County Planning Commission: Master plan precludes nightly rentals outside commercial zones

A large majority of the members of the Routt County Planning Commission agreed that the current master plan allows for short-term rentals, but only in a handful of existing commercial zone districts.

Sales tax growth, new construction, low oil prices strengthen Routt County's 2016 budget

County budget tops $52 million

Personnel expenses for Routt County employees working in governmental activities jobs increased 8 percent over 2015 by $1.455 million to $20.32 million.

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Talking Green speakers weigh financial benefits of solar panels

Sam Jones, of All Season Financial Advisors, told an audience of 63 people at Moots Cycles Tuesday evening his investment in solar energy really began to pay off at his home in rural Steamboat when his wife purchased a hybrid, plug-in car.

Speakers weigh the financial side of photo voltaic cells

Sam Jones of told an audience of 63 people at Moots Cycles on Steamboat’s west side Tuesday night that his investment in solar energy really began to pay off at his home in rural Steamboat when his wife purchased a hybrid plug-in car.

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Building permits in Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs move to the Web

Once a building permit application has been uploaded, design professionals or contractors may check on its progress, receive e-mail notification of approval, schedule inspections and view the results of those inspections.

City of Steamboat, Routt County explore funding law enforcement building with sales tax

A possible tax levy of .5 percent, for example, is estimated to have the ability to raise more than $20 million over an eight-year period to back bonded indebtedness on a shared law enforcement construction project.

More snow in forecast for Steamboat before Nov. 25 ski area opening

The ski area’s snowmaking crews were busy Friday morning with valley temperatures as low as 12 degrees, and meteorologists who focus on the ski resorts say there could be more natural snowfall on the way next week.

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Helena Taylor, administrator to the Routt County manager and commissioners, demonstrates the new online process for applying for building permits.

Bales of aluminum cans are stacked in the year at Waste Management’s Franklin Street materials recovery facility in Denver. Twin Enviro Services has broken on a much smaller facility that would perform the same function of sorting and baling recyclables at Twin Landfill west of Steamboat Springs.

Trent Jones of Mountain Pine manufacturing in Steamboat Springs explains to Sam Rikkers, acting administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, how his company transforms dead pine trees into useful mulch for re-vegetating construction sites.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport restaurant Manager Jennifer Bell and airport Director Kevin Booth have plans to make the airport's restaurant operations financially self-sufficient for the first tine in 2016 with the help of a strategic expansion of seating in the Way Station dining room in the secure passenger waiting area at the departures gates.

Lukas Imseng poses with two members of a Swiss delegation to Steamboat Springs in 1989. Imseng performed with a singing group that traveled from Steamboat's former sister city of Saas-Fee.

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