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

County calls ‘cease fire’ at fair exhibit hall in Hayden

CSU 4-H Extension Agent Tami Thurston said Tuesday that 85 of the 300 current Routt County 4-H members are in shooting clubs, but the decision by the Fair Board won’t inconvenience them as 4-H shooting clubs are currently practicing in Steamboat anyway.

Routt County agrees in principle with Humane Society on new cost share for animal shelter

On average Routt County excluding the towns of Hayden and Oak Creek, is the source of 38 percent or 190 of the animals that come into the Steamboat S;rings Animal Shelter annually.

Bed and breakfast planned for historic ranch on the Yampa River just north of Hayden town limits

Ryan and Rachel Wattles would host as many as eight people at a time in the guest house and as many as 10 special events — like wedding and family reunions — per year. No amplified music will be allowed.

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Former Oak Creek Mayor Vi Shaffer persists in recovering medal awarded to her brother who went down with his ship

As much as the story of Oak Creek's Vi Shaffer is one of a young sailor who gave his life for his country, it’s a story of a plucky elderly woman who was unrelenting in her efforts to recover tangible evidence that her brother was honored as a hero.

Routt County Building Department studying possible cut in permit fees

With construction picking up, Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan may ask the Commissioners’ approval to offer full-time status to a building inspector who has previously been on seasonal employment status.

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41st Cowboy Downhill attracts a big crowd to base of Steamboat Ski Area

Miss Rodeo Virginia Kaitlyn Gill was in the field as 97 cowboys and cowgirls took on the dual slalom at Steamboat, which requires them to rope a tall cowgirl in a duster and sling a saddle on a nervous horse before they sprint across the finish line to glory.

Airline board recommends boosting Houston summer flight to daily schedule

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. official said that 20 of 48 scheduled flight segments on United Express to and from Denver during the six-day period between Christmas and New Year's were canceled, and 10 more were more than two hours late.

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Google Street View rows viewers down virtual Yampa Canyon whitewater adventure

The new virtual whitewater float comes at a time when the future of the Yampa and the canyon it flows through in Dinosaur National Monument are growing topics of discussion.

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Flat Tops Ranch Supply is catering to the agricultural community in a Steamboat alley

Flat Tops Ranch Supply in Steamboat is behind Circle 7 Gallery at 1009 LIncoln Avenue, and just a few steps away from Steamboat Meat and Seafood.

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Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland has retired to St. George, Utah, after 20 years in the courthouse

Kay Weinland, who was first sworn in as Routt County clerk in January 1995, and outgoing County Commissioner Steve Ivancie were honored at a reception that filled the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the courthouse Monday evening.

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Former Oak Creek Mayor Vi Shaffer holds a photograph of her late brother Navy Fireman 2nd Class Philip Jess Vawter, who died at the age of 17 in November 1943 when the aircraft carrier he was serving on was struck by a torpedo fired from a Japanese submarine. Shaffer's family was notified that Jess Vawter would be awarded a Purple Heart, but she never saw it and her relatives had never talked about its existence. Early this winter, after years of trying, she received a duplicate Purple Heart and several other medals honoring the brother she lost when she was just 8 years old.

After three handwritten letters to the Bureau of Naval Personnel failed to win a response, Oak Creek resident Vi Shaffer, 80, wrote to President Barack Obama asking for a new Purple Heart medal to replace one awarded to her brother who went down with his Navy ship in 1943. Her wish was granted.

Jed Moore of Rangely, wearing a pair or red chaps, leads the pack to the finish line in the stampede that concluded the 41st Bud LIght Cowboy Downhill at the Steamboat Ski Area Monday. The dual slalom race was won by Marc Gill, a bull fighter from Laramie, Wyoming.

Saddle bronc rider Chad Braden of Welch, Oklahoma, wore both his glad rag and a buff to ward off a little snow squall after taking part in the 41st Bud Light Cowboy Downhill at the Steamboat Ski Area Monday.

Ali Kovach has a large selection of Ranchway livestock feed as well as hardware, horse tack and other farm and ranch supplies at the new Steamboat location of Flat Tops Ranch Supply.

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