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Southwest Airlines makes rare appearance at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, serving Steamboat Springs

Charter flights boost tourism here

A pair of chartered Boeing 737s — one from Southwest Airlines and a second from the new version of Eastern Airlines — delivered ski vacationers from New Orleans to Yampa Valley Regional Airport this week.

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Hahn's Peak water system at issue in long-term housing of workers in country inn

Resort workers living in the Hahn's Peak Inn in North Routt County face an uncertain housing future in mid-ski season.

Snow on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs is six feet deep and counting

A tale of two winters

One of the standout snowpack measuring sites in the region is on Ripple Creek Pass on the way from Steamboat to Trappers Lake, where the snow is 82 inches deep.

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Bob Dapper files to oppose Tim Corrigan in commissioner race

Bob Dapper enters commissioner race

Bob Dapper of rural Steamboat Springs seeks Routt County Commissioner District 1 seat.

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Ney Hoa Cheng fled Pol Pot regime for a new life in Steamboat Springs

Refugees worked tirelessly to make it here

When they left Steamboat in 1998 to escape the long winters, the Siou and Ney Hoa Cheng had established themselves among the community’s leading restaurateurs. Ney Hoa was everyone’s favorite hostess.

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Routt County seeks applicants for Planning Commission

Master plan update is an issue

Routt County is seeking candidates for seats up for renewal on its Planning Commission at a time when the Board of Commissioners is sending strong signals that it would like the commission to tackle the task of updating its master plan.

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Routt County commissioners consider a strategic shift on energy jobs

Coal fuels local jobs

“Specifically, it’s defending the local coal industry, and we’re willing to throw Front Range coal plants under the bus.” – Routt County commissioner Tim Corrigan

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Chamber Economic Director Jane Blackstone has plans to land companies and new hires

Partners need jobs too

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Trailing Partner Program s intended to support the employment goals of partners of people who have already landed a new position in Routt County.

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Snow water stored on Rabbit Ears Pass is 135 percent of median for Feb. 1

Steamboat skiers and snowboarders prefer their champagne dry, but the relatively wet snow that buried the slopes over the weekend put a big boost into the snowpack on nearby Rabbit Ears Pass

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2016 Winter Carnival: Ladies Rec Club keeps Steamboat Winter Carnival tradition alive

Early diamond hitch Winter Carnival parade floats relied heavily on patriotic themes — Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty, Martha and George Washington.

2016 Winter Carnival: Time-honored events set Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival apart

The historical record suggests the creation of Steamboat Springs High School's famous skiing band may have been motivated by H.D. Alexander’s claims that local youngsters could do anything on skis.

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports granted tabling on permit revision

STARS indicated it wanted more time to deal with issues related to its permit application.

Angelo Iacovetto had a knack for turning businesses around

A gregarious man, who loved interacting with customers, one of the sayings Angelo Iacovetto was known for was, “I made more money off a fast nickel, than a slow dime.”

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Nature Conservancy climate director advocates restoring landscape's ability to resist climate change

There may be ways for ranchers to change the timing and duration of livestock grazing to put carbon back into the soil and, at the same time, optimize production.

Building department officials advise homeowners to seek professional help with snow loads

Snow is piling up on rooftops in Steamboat

The snow loads used for Routt County were established by the Colorado Society of Engineers, after conducting case studies all over the state to develop scenarios of what to expect in a severe winter.

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Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn 'satisfied' with new PayPal policy

Dispute over online payments resolved

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn: “Policies are better made prior to concerns being raised. However, I am satisfied with the result of the Board of Commissioners' online payment policy."

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STARS plans to expand base in urban growth boundary scrutinized by city officials

Citing water issues, density and a conservation easement, city of Steamboat Springs officials express concerns over expanding scope of STARS' county permit to build a new headquarters.

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Routt County commissioners consider hiring deputy county manager

Consultants for Routt County studied eight similar counties, and Routt was the only one not to have at least one assistant or deputy manager position.

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STARS adaptive recreation nonprofit seeks to expand on 2015 permit for new headquarters

STARS seeks to revise permit for new HQ

STARS adaptive recreation seeks revised permit from Routt County in order to house campers in semi-private rooms, doubling size of new headquarters building.

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After a sunny Saturday, snow could return to Steamboat Sunday night

Almost daily snow freshens slopes

It may be the frequency of snow events over the last 14 days in Steamboat Springs that has people shaking their heads, because the snow totals are not out of the ordinary for January.

Routt County crews plowed 600 miles of roads over long, snowy weekend

Crews plowed 600 miles of rural roads

The average tenure of Routt county's snowplow crew members is 17 years, leading to intimate familiarity with the 600 miles of roads to be plowed.

Partners pitching in to keep engineering for fiber optic design on schedule for 2016

Fiber optic partners pony up another $19,500

Staying on fiber optic project schedule is critical because 13 weeks of engineering and design work remain to be done before requests for proposals can go out to contractors.

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Airline board readying to take general sales tax back to voters in Steamboat Springs

Airline sales tax up for renewal by voters

The city of Steamboat Springs' 0.25 percent general sales tax was originally passed by a 61 to 39 percent margin in 2011 for a period of five years and will be up for renewal by the voters in November.

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Steamboat officials approve contract for summer air service from Dallas on American

Dallas could replace summer Houston flight

Air service board votes to authorize Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. officials to finalize a contract proposed by American Airlines for direct daily summer flights from Dallas to Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

January snowfall at Steamboat Ski Area playing catch-up with December's 101 inches

Snow accumulation could reach double digits

December 2015 totaled a robust 101 inches of snowfall at mid-mountain at Steamboat Ski Area, including a run of 31.5 inches Dec. 15-17.

Above-average snowpack in Northwest Colorado, in spite of El Nino concerns

The snowpack in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs are at 103 percent of median, the lowest in the state. But at least it’s in plus territory during an El Niño year.

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Large avalanche slides down steep, rocky slope on Buffalo Pass northeast of Steamboat

No one caught in big Buffalo Pass slide

No one was caught in Monday's avalanche on Buffalo Pass, although the slope was skied that day by Steamboat Powdercats guides assessing its stability.

Yampa River State Park west of Hayden has plans to replace a decrepit boat ramp

Double Bridges river access to remain a picnic spot

A new boat ramp at Yampa River State Park headquarters west of Hayden would replace a rough put-in that has become dysfunctional throughout the years.

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The crowd waiting in line in Steamboat's Gondola Square Friday wasn't carrying skis

Texas musicians warm up cold day in the 'Boat

Cody Quillin, of Fort Worth, said the opportunity to see a couple of living Texas music legends, Joe Ely and Johnny Bush, made his week during the 31st Steamboat MusicFest.

Routt County officials work toward settling dispute over online payment of building permit fees

Treasurer says she's an advocate of tech despite PayPal stance

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn said if she is reassured that using PayPal to collect building fees doesn’t conflict with state law and public monies will be protected, it’s possible that she would relent on its use for credit card processing.

Taking the long way from Denver to San Diego via Madison, Wisconsin

Canadian family smiles through 'bargain' flight

It was just minutes after I settled into a seat at my gate in the B Concourse at Denver International that I realized I was in the midst of a family from Canada caught up in their own John Candy moment.

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Heavy snowfall ruled out but frequent precipitation could periodically freshen slopes

Steamboat due for series of light snowfalls

There could be 12-hour periods when no snow falls, but other times when some late afternoon snow carries into a snowy night, producing a powder day in the Priest Creek aspen glades.

New fiber optic cable counted on to usher in new era in connectivity for local institutions

Routt County lands $748,000 broadband grant to build on Northwest Broadband's accomplishments with nine miles of fiber optic cable for schools, hospital, law enforcement and more.

Routt County Commissioners feel limited by 2003 master plan

Commissioner Doug Monger said a rural Routt County resident on a large acreage who bases a small construction business with a large truck and a backhoe at his residence, for example, is in conflict with the county master plan.

Celebrating Christmas in a North Routt gold camp in 1877

"Uncle Bill" Leahy and his party snowshoed to a remote ranch on Snake River to party through the night on Christmas 1877

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Steamboat on track for 100-inch December

Snow keeps on coming; 44 inches on Storm Peak in 7 days

Steamboat Ski Area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten reported Storm Peak Summit has seen 44 inches of snowfall in seven days

Undersheriff releases documents related to Routt treasurer's beef over online payments of building fees

Routt treasurer sought advice from attorney general

Routt County officials say County Treasurer Brita Horn knew as early as March 2015 that the county needed to use PayPal

D.A. says Routt County commissioners did no wrong in setting up PayPal account

The District Attorney refutes Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn's allegation of criminal wrongdoing on the part of the Routt County Board of County Commissioners over PayPal account for online payment of building permit fees.

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Still pressing glass after all these years, powder or not

This pack of aging powder dogs wastes no time at the top of the lift discussing where to ski next, and they swoop down the hill like a flock of startled birds.

Planning Commission 'blesses' United Methodist's building plan

United Methodist hopes to demolish an old parsonage no longer used for that purpose in order to create a new $2.5 million Spiritual Life Center that will allow the church to host more diverse, often non-religious public meetings.

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Steamboat Fire Rescue teaches the basics of CPR to 25 people

Twenty-five people turned out at the Steamboat Springs Community Center amid the holiday rush to learn the basics of administering cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

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Ambulance kayak hole on Yampa River in Steamboat gets a major facelift

The city of Steamboat Springs and the nonprofit Friends of the Yampa collaborated this month on the reconstruction of the Ambulance Hole on the Yampa, just downstream from the footbridge that leads to Howelsen Hill.

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Four decades at Steamboat Ski Area and still loving their jobs

When Nancy Gray came to work at Mount Werner as a ski instructor, it was 1972 and Steamboat Ski Area was building its brand as a ski resort in a friendly Western town. Naturally, ski instructors were required to wear felt cowboy hats.

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Routt County pulls out of plans for shared law enforcement facility with city of Steamboat

Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan called the decision to pull back on plans for a shared law enforcement facility with the city of Steamboat Springs a timeout to give both governments time to re-think how best to move forward.

Distressed properties aren't the factor they once were in Routt County real estate market

The number of foreclosures begun in Routt County have been in steep decline, down from 306 in 2011 to 35 year-to-date in 2015.

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Routt County hires coal mine veteran as its new environmental health director

Scott Cowman said his work at Twentymile Coal Company, dealing with air- and water-quality compliance issues, prepared him for his new role as Routt County's environmental health director.

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Yampa Valley Electric plans to sell local hydropower to its largest customers

Yampa Valley Electric Association will purchase and re-sell to largest customers, the local renewable hydropower from dam at Stagecoach Reservoir operated Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District .

Euzoa Bible Church frees parents up for a Saturday afternoon during the holidays

Parents already beginning to feel the stress of the December holidays are invited by the congregation of Euzoa Bible Church to give themselves a break from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12.

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Steamboat boosts available ski terrain to more than 700 acres for the weekend

Steamboat skiers and snowboarders will enjoy access to additional trails in Priest Creek beginning Friday including High Noon, One O’Clock, Two O’Clock and Twilight as far down as Duster.

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Does Sage Creek mine have a future?

Peabody Sage Creek mine has a date with Routt County for renewal of coal hauling permit

Recent communication from Peabody with Routt County officials over renewal of a permit at Sage Creek, signals the company and its new owners want to ensure the opportunity to mine coal here for as long as 20 to 30 years in the future.

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