Tom Ross writes a column that appears Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He also covers land use policy issues, housing, real estate and outdoor recreation 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.
The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is lobbying actively for decriminalization of industrial hemp at the federal level, and bills were introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate late this winter.
The Yampa River is expected to dip to 500 cfs Friday, within commercial tubing range, as 86 youth baseball teams settle in to Northwest Colorado. Before the tournament is over, teams will have played in Hayden and Oak Creek as well as in Steamboat and Craig.
County Manager Tom Sullivan previously said that the county’s funding match on the bridge projects is comparable to what it would spend just to repair one of the old bridges.
Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark told a group of about 20 senior citizens Monday that as city officials enter the autumn budget process, staff and the City Council will seek to restore employees in the Planning and Parks, Open Space and Recreation Services departments to 40-hour work weeks. At the same time, city officials hope to bring salaries of all city employees up to current market rates for their job descriptions.
The best wildflower viewing on the Valley View trail is above Christie Peak, where you can spy the trumpet-shaped lavender blossoms of the clematis vine, which wraps around other shrubs.
Tour de Steamboat organizer Kent Eriksen, of Eriksen Cycles, has training tips for people aspiring to the full 110-mile ride or one of the shorter options.
Peggy Wolfe had already been contemplating creating a blog about her experiences with breast cancer surgery when film actor Angelina Jolie went public with her own double mastectomy. The news coverage galvanized her thoughts and helped her turn intent into action.
On last week's trip down Yampa Canyon in Moffat County, we quickly slipped into the routine sharing of chores, honored our leaders and our shaman, and paid heed to our most-skilled rowers.
A logging operation targeting roadside hazard trees will also cause the closure of the last mile of Forest Road 315 on Rabbit Ears Pass beginning this week and continuing for two weeks.
Local officials urge people who are tempted to purchase their own tubes and float the Yampa while the river remains above 1,000 cfs this weekend should take safety precautions: life vests are a must.