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

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Steamboat Planning Commission favors extending worker housing at downtown motel through April 2016

“In the broader context of things, I don’t think there are too many people in the community who aren’t applauding a free market solution to a rough rental market,” – Planning Commissioner Charlie MacArthur.

Steamboat could accumulate a foot of snow in four days while Southern Rockies get buried

The mega-storm that is threatening the Southern Rockies this weekend is unlikely to bury Steamboat, according to snow forecasters, but the ski area could accumulate about a foot by the end of the day on Monday.

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City of Steamboat Springs set to review use of downtown motel as workforce housing

The Alpiner motel owners came to the city formally in October 2014 seeking to operate a portion of the property as a lodge. Approval of that use was conditioned on the rooms not being rented long term and required that fewer than 20 rooms be rented.

Lodging chairman says Steamboat resort will bustle into first week in April

January delivered mixed results among different property management companies and part of the fall-off was attributable to hesitant Front Range skiers who are very discerning about ski conditions.

County adds new full-time building inspector

The number of requests for building inspections has increased annually since 2011 when the total was 3,875 to 4,996 in 2014.

Steamboat Movement Fest promises to bring yoga tourism to Steamboat

The Steamboat Movement Fest will offer outdoor yoga classes along with vendor villages in Gondola Square and live music on the performance stage.

Proposed Ridge at Deer Mountain subdivision straddles urban growth boundary

A majority of the Planning Commission agreed that the five-acre lots called for in the Deer Mountain plan are preferable to the existing platted subdivision of 35-acre parcels.

Steamboat airline program officials making progress on switch from unreliable turbo-prop service to and from Denver

A search of United Airlines flights confirms that flights between YVRA and Denver June 18 will be on a 50-passenger Embraer RJ145 jet flown by Trans States. A search in mid-July still reflects service by Republic Airlines on the Q400.

Forest Service finalizing plans to tackle wildfire fuels reduction along Steamboat's wildland interface

In addition to wildfire fuels reduction, a major component of the U.S. Forest Service Steamboat Front plan involves cutting back mature mountain shrubs in a patchwork fashion to improve forage for deer and elk.

City of Steamboat, housing authority collaborate on water sewer project

Combining the city of Steamboat’s sewer interceptor project with water and sewer line replacement for the homes in the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park provides an economy of scale.

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Garrett Fisher used his vintage Piper PA-11 Cub Special as a photography platform that allowed him to capture images of the Colorado River and its major tributaries across Colorado's Western Slope for his new book, "Where the Colorado River is Born."

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.

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