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Tom Ross

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Author Sureva Towler recalls her favorite Northwest Colorado history books

A person could spend the better part of a lifetime amassing, reading and appreciating a collection of Western history books to the likes of those in the personal library of the prolific author Sureva Towler of Steamboat Springs.

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County has budding interest in pot

Looking only at grow facilities, no retail

Routt County officials have studied the policies of other counties that allow marijuana grow operations, as well as the experience of the nearby town of Oak Creek.

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Steamboat woman on way to Democratic National Convention

Biggs remains loyal to Bernie

Democratic National Convention delegate Erin Biggs, of Steamboat Springs, interned for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy while in college.

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Old cabins at Perry-Mansfield retain the spirit of 'the Ladies' who found the arts camp

Charlotte and Portia's spirits live on

Longtime Perry-Mansfield drama teacher senses the presence of "the Ladies" in vintage log cabins

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Peabody spokesperson says the company wants to move swiftly to clear up overdue tax bills

A Peabody spokesperson said July 20 the company has already begun the process of contacting county treasurers to make arrangements to pay overdue property taxes.

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County commissioners approve extra $87,857 for fiber optic project

A difficult bidding process has delayed the estimated completion date of 9 miles of fiber optic cable spanning downtown Steamboat Springs August 2017.

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Swayed by remarks of Gold Star Mothers, Horn says she'll vote for Trump, 'Make America Safe Again'

"I fought all the fights that I was elected to by Colorado's 3rd Congressional District and everything you elected me to do.” — Brita Horn, delegate to Republican National Convention

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Routt County revisits housing crunch, this time with the matrix on its side

The problem, simply put, is that housing demand is outpacing supply in much of Routt County

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Longtime newspaper outdoor writer, Neil Cantwell, off to 'fishing hole in the sky'

I would be surprised if Cantwell didn’t have the brass to ask St. Peter for permission to fish some private water.

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Airline revenue guarantees jump to $5.7 million

Arriving ski season airline seats up 4 percent for 2016-17.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Chayla Rowley

In her role as a civil engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Routt County, Chayla Rowley, 27, enjoys the job’s variety. After earning her engineering degree from the University of Colorado, she moved to Steamboat three years ago, where she quickly found a strong interest in Steamboat’s young people through a church congregation.

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Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Jason Peasley

When Jason Peasley first considered leaving a secure job with the Steamboat Springs Planning Department to head up the nonprofit Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA), the mix of emotions he experienced reminded him of one of the greatest outdoor adventures of his young, 33-year-old life – rowing the thundering rapids of the Grand Canyon.

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Pure Colorado cutthroats call Steamboat Ski Area home

Trout biologists are seeking to bolster pocket of pure Colorado River cutthroat trout discovered in Burgess Creek on Steamboat Ski Area.

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Routt County prepares for July 20 ruling on Peabody's ability to pay outsanding property taxes

Tom Lillie, president of the South Routt Library District, told board members July 12 the Peabody bankruptcy could cause them to defer plans to build a new library building in Oak Creek.

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Hay growers pulling irrigation off meadows, ready for harvest

Ironically, the same hay growers who were desperate for a cold rain in June are now hoping the monsoons hold off until they get the crop in the stack.

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Final parcel on Stanko Ranch up for conservation easement

Peter Stanko, Sr. came to the Yampa Valley Walsenburg in 1907 and acquired his ranch from Logan Crawford, a member of Steamboat Springs’ founding family.

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Chief Theater hosts night of Western music and cowgirl poetry

Think of Pecos Bill, who was mythically raised by coyotes after his parents “misplaced” him by the Pecos River.

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Searching for the holy grail of river cleanup day: a matching pair of river sandals

My most precious find? A bright little orange container of mosquito repellant that looked brand new. It’s mine now!

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Sven Wiik remembered for ensuring Nordic skiing's place in Steamboat, gently encouraging young athletes

Sven Wiik, who died July 5 at 95, coached the 1960 U.S. Olympic cross-country ski team in Squaw Valley, California, and with coach Marty Hall, designed the course of the American Birkebeiner race.

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. poised to increase downtown retail presence

The new Marmot Steamboat store, expected to open in August, will be in addition to the ski area’s logo store, Steamboat Apparel and Gifts.

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Nesting ospreys spread steadily up the Yampa Valley

I spy an osprey

Osprey advocate Dr. Allan Reishus of Craig says there is also an active osprey nest atop a light standard in a noisy parking lot at the factory outlet stores in Silverthorne.

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Headers & Heelers

When you’re ready to get up close and personal with rodeo’s roots, the Thursday night jackpot team roping event hosted by the Craig Roping Club, 42 miles west of Steamboat at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, is a great place to hang out.

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Steamboat recycling business launches first-of-its-kind small market system

In the business of sorting recyclables, the metric that matters is man-hours of labor per ton of recyclables.

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Summer roundtrips to Denver go to twice daily beginning July 1

The inaugural summer 2016 flight from Houston is due in at 7:55 p.m. July 1 after departing south Texas at 6:10 p.m.

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Routt Republicans write their own script in U.S. Senate primary race

Routt County Republicans bucked the statewide trend in the primary election for U.S. Senate, favoring former Colorado State University football star and current insurance company owner Jack Graham over the winner, Darryl Glenn.

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American Rivers returns for Yampa River cleanup July 9

"River cleanups allow us, as a community, to give back to the Yampa, to engage and connect with the river while helping make our environment clean and visually appealing.” — Kent Vertrees

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Primary ballots total only 1,687 by mid-afternoon June 27

Unaffiliated voters are still able to participate by affiliating with one of the two major parties any time before and through election day at the Routt County Clerk’s Office, 522 Lincoln Ave.

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Chee-Yun headlines Strings' orchestral opener

It was during a concert in Israel, that a musician, with knowledge of Chee-Yun's violin, told her a prior owner loved it so much, his dying request was that he be buried with the violin.

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Heat will ease by weekend, then return June 27

Weekend brings a brief respite from the heat, but weather pattern could become wetter by end of the month.

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June 28 primary features Republican senate nomination race, challenge to Tipton

No contested primary votes for Dems

Both Routt County Republicans and Democrats were frustrated the primary process in Colorado didn’t allow them to cast a vote for a presidential candidate in 2016.

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Board of County Commissioners mulls legal approach to Peabody bankruptcy, property taxes

Routt County officials mull appropriate legal approach to Peabody bankruptcy and delinquent property tax payments

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Mayor discovers June is the time for 'therapeutic' float on the Yampa

Craig Mayor makes first-ever float on Yampa

Craig Mayor Ray Beck got a big kick out of his first-ever float trip on the Yampa River this week, and June is prime time for floating through Yampa River State Park west of Steamboat.

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Routt, Moffat counties launch naval assault against noxious invader on Yampa River

Routt and Moffat county officials floated the Yampa River June 16 to learn what it will take to defeat a monster disguised as a flowering plant

Routt, Moffat counties 'launch' assault against noxious invader on Yampa River

Local officials land state grant, launch attack on invader

Routt and Moffat county officials floated the Yampa River June 16 to learn what it will take to defeat a monster disguised as a flowering plant

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City, county officials touch base on small steps taken to revive shared law enforcement campus

City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County officials touched base this week on steps they are taking to keep alive the possibility of creating a shared law enforcement facility on the city's west side.

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Routt County to conduct study in effort to land federal grant for asbestos cleanup at Royal Hotel site

Routt County seeks grant for engineering study that could lead to cleanup of asbestos in remains of the Royal Hotel in the Town of Yampa.

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Routt County commissioners ask for draft resolution equating greenhouses with ag barns

Extension Agent Todd Hagenbuch said the motivation for those who desire larger greenhouses is to extend Routt County's short growing season to May 1 to Oct. 15.

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Routt County commissioners could waive fees on more greenhouses

What’s the difference between a barn and a greenhouse?

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is ready to agree that a greenhouse is an agricultural structure, but nothing's easy

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Longtime locals close to realizing dream of new residential neighborhood

Sunlight will offer 92 lots in Steamboat city limits

The first sign of activity at the Sunlight subdivision is likely to be heavy equipment switching back a hillside to mark the course of a new road that will provide primary access to the neighborhood.

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Steamboat secures first direct flights from San Diego to Yampa Valley for 2016-17 ski season

San Diego just got closer to Steamboat

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President and COO Rob Perlman said his resort will leverage San Diego and Seattle flights through Alaska Airlines' other destinations on the West Coast.

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Colorado Agricultural Commission adapting to workload associated with rise of hemp and marijuana

Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown firm on pot, pesticides

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown told a local audience June 8 the Department of Agriculture has been busy facilitating the growing interest in raising industrial hemp.

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Copper Mountain owner adds Eldora Mountain Resort near Boulder to its quiver of ski areas

Steamboat works with Copper and Edlora on Super Pass

In addition to Eldora, Powdr also owns Copper Mountain, and both of those ski areas are already collaborating with Steamboat on the Rocky Mountain Super Pass.

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Walton Creek floods willows, comes near townhomes, hotel, as temperatures rise

Walton Creek was over its banks, but the Yampa was well below minor flood stage of 7.5 feet where it flows beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat Springs June 6.

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Longtime Steamboat kitchen designer struck and killed by car on Utah highway

Tim Reed was the owner of Golden Aspen Design on the west side of Steamboat, where his company offered custom cabinetry design and also branched into furniture pieces like entertainment centers.

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Steamboat Mountain School wins vote of approval from county planning for new student center

Steamboat Mountain School wins approval for project

According to Meg Morse, head of Steamboat Mountain School, a new campus building will be a gathering place for students and achieve gains in accessibility and energy efficiency.

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Summer service from Dallas touches down at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

The daily flights from Dallas are expected to provide about 5,330 roundtrip seats this summer, with service continuing through Aug. 22.

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Where in Colorado is Scooby Doobie Do?

Lance Koch grew up in Dinosaur, which is about 100 miles west of Scooby Doobie Do, and frequently sticks out his thumb as he travels between Steamboat, Carbondale and Grand Junction.

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June turns up heat on persistent snowpack in Yampa Valley

Streamflows nearing peak for River Fest

A cool month of May kept the Yampa and Elk rivers near Steamboat Springs from misbehaving, but as June turns up the heat, the Elk is forecast to nudge mild flood stage June 6 and 7

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Number of preserved oral history tapes grows to 350 with discovery of lost cache

Among the 111 re-discovered oral history tapes is an interview with one of the three last known surviving wives of a Civil War veteran, Daisy Anderson.

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Less waiting at new motor vehicles office in the Routt County Courthouse

County Facilities Director Tim Winter said the remodel of the motor vehicle office is part of a larger project that will upgrade heating and air conditioning in both the DMV and treasurer’s offices for a combined cost of $120,000

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