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.

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Kathy Cline receives Historic Leadership Award for ability to 'make projects happen'

Historic Routt County Board President Bridget Roth foresees an increasing role for her organization as a project leader for the adaptive re-use of historic buildings.

Peabody Energy hopes to delay permit for Trout Creek Reservoir in Routt County, in bid to conserve cash

Worldwide demand for coal continues to drop and the proposed delay of Trout Creek Reservoir permitting fits in with remarks about the company’s fiscal strategy made by a Peabody spokesman this week.

County commissioners urge housing authority to consult Hayden and Oak Creek

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger sees a need for Routt County to grow as a whole, rather than concentrating residential growth only in Steamboat, in order to promote more resilient communities.

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Former Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison dies at 73

Former Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison, who died Oct. 3, helped to advance the county’s Land Preservation Subdivision ordinance which incentivizes developers to cluster homes within rural subdivisions, leaving hay meadows intact.

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Steamboat Ski Area renews ties with former Japanese owner; offers lift tickets at Rusutsu to pass holders

Skiers may recall the day in 1992, when Kimihito Kamori, principle of Rusutsu Resort, and leader of Kamori Kanko Ltd., presided over the grand opening of the Storm Peak Express chairlift in Steamboat.

Forest Service plans more dead lodgepole harvest in North Routt County

Most of Routt County is oblivious to the heavy logging trucks that carry the logs out of the forest because it’s all headed north to a sawmill in Saratoga, Wyoming.

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.

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Historic Routt County Board President Bridget Roth, left, and Executive Director Meg Tully, right, congratulate past board president Kathy Cline on her receipt of the Preservation Leadership Award on Friday.

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.

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