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Proposed childcare center would offer stimulating classes for youngsters and freedom for parents

Play Garden would engage children in hands-on learning and play with the objective of supporting their sense of independence, self-confidence and self-respect.

Seminars at Steamboat speaker: Despite problems, Iran nuke deal is still the best choice

Middle East expert Martin Indyk tells Steamboat audience the U.S. has a choice between an Iran that is nuclear weapons free for 15 years or an Iran that is three months from having a nuclear weapon.

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September deadline looms for deciding endangered status of greater sage grouse

"This is a place that has been overlooked for far too long — it’s windshield country. People drive through it to get to somewhere else. But there is a 12-act drama in that country that really matters." – Luke Schafer, Conservation Colorado

A memorable day for bicyclists of all descriptions in Steamboat Springs

Lowell Conkle, 57, has avidly followed bike racing since the days when American Greg Lemond first won the Tour de France for the first of three times in 1986. However, Monday marked the first time he’d attended a road cycling race in person.

Carpenter Ranch on Yampa River among five in Colorado to take on water rights transfer pilot

The water transfer plan at the Carpenter Ranch is among five in Colorado that are part of an historic agreement to explore how the four Colorado River states above Lake Powell can meet their obligations to Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Yampa's Kayla Rossi shows grand champion market lamb at Routt County Fair

Market lambs may be the rock stars of the sheep competitions at the Routt County Fair, but the luckiest sheep at the fair are the “meat breed ewe lambs” who will live to contribute superior genetics to lambs of their own.

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USA Pro Challenge: Spectators urged to curb eagerness for souvenir photos and keep the peloton safe

Competitors in the Tour de France this year had to avoid cows in the highway during a high-speed descent. But injuries caused by careless fans are unfair to the athletes. And it happens at races all over the world.

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July passengers numbers down at Yampa Valley Regional airport due to reduced Denver flights

Cardinal International Grooving and Grinding is cutting required grooves in the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport to improve aircraft traction for braking.

Colorado Water Trust comes to the aid of the Yampa River once again

This summer’s water release comes later in the summer than it did in 2012 and 2013 when below average winter snowpack and early spring runoff left the river below flowing below historic averages in early July.

Southwestern Energy's plans for second well at Dill Gulch include water pipeline from the Yampa River

Southwestern Energy planning coordinator Brian Bohm told Routt County Commissioners that, in terms of impact, the temporary pipeline to a new oil well is preferable to the many truck trips it would take to deliver the water.

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Rocky Mountain Youth Corps seeks to expand Steamboat campus with new warehouse

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), the expanding not-for-profit that puts almost 200 young adults ages 18 to 25 to work each summer, is growing and needs more administrative offices and gathering places for its crews.

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Chariot racing once provided midwinter thrills in Colorado and Wyoming

In the 1970s and 1980s, chariot racing was a winter tradition on the old horse-racing track at the Howelsen Hill Rodeo Grounds in Steamboat as it was in nearby Wyoming towns like Rawlins, Saratoga and Lander. But those days are mostly gone.

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Former Colorado Mountain College professor Robert Baker blends architecture with education in history book

Architect Lincoln Jones designed the original distinctively 1960s modern buildings of Yampa Valley College on Woodchuck Hill overlooking downtown Steamboat Springs.

Upper Yampa Valley enjoying alternating sunny days with soaking rains

The National Weather Service confirms Steamboat Springs received .37 inches of rain Aug. 3, followed by 1.05 inches on Aug. 4, for a two-day total of 1.42 inches. That compares to the average rainfall for the entire month of 1.6 inches.

Urban Renewal Authority agrees to fund second beach along Walton Creek Promenade

Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority agrees that a second sand beach would enhance existing improvements along Walton Creek at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat rain gauges see almost an inch from Monday's lightning storm

The brunt of the storm appeared to flow through Strawberry Park and other neighborhoods just north and northwest of Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat High School student's 9/11 flag memorial finds a home at Yampa Valley Bank

Kyle Case, 14, of Steamboat Springs, hadn’t even celebrated his first birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists piloted two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, yet he’s motivated to honor the victims.

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Steamboat's mountain urban renewal authority seeking redesign for difficult intersection

The new "beach" at the base of Steamboat Ski Area would be downstream from the existing sandy area at the foot of the stairs into Torian Plum Plaza. With wading pools and small waterfalls to play in, it has become an attraction for families.

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Two generations of competitive skiers from Steamboat Springs entertain Tread of Pioneers audience

Nancy (Barrows) Gray and Sanse (Neish) Berry were teammates at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club among a group of young women who dominated Alpine ski racing in the Rocky Mountain Division.

Closed convenience store, gas station destined to return to 'natural condition'

Water district manager says $750,000 price of Shop & Hop site is justified by the goal of protecting community water supply in alluvial well field along the Yampa River.

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Steamboat Springs High School Class of '95 looks back two decades

Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1995 reunites and rallies around former classmate David Virgili.

Just in case, county seeks to buffer building department with plan review backup

The city of Steamboat and Routt County processed building permits valued at $86,497 — 785 in 2014 — far below the peak years of 2007 ($250.7 million) and 2008 ($333.7 million).

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All heck breaks loose on the road To-Hell-u-Ride

As I sprinted down the barrow ditch at the side of the highway to retrieve our gear, I had a minute to consider what carnage the log truck would have wreaked on our camping equipment had the truck been following us instead of the opposite.

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Longtime Routt County Attorney John Merrill retires this week

The side of Routt County Attorney John Merrill the public didn’t see was the man who liked to go on walkabouts, popping in on employees in other departments just to chat and form relationships.

Camping hookups at Routt County Fairgrounds viewed as economic benefit in all seasons

The plan to create modern RV hookup camp sites at the Routt County Fairground is viewed as a piece of economic development for both the Fair Board and the town of Hayden.

What you do with the auctioned outhouse is your business

In addition to the vintage outhouse, there is a claw-foot bath tub on the auction block at the benefit for Crossan's M&A Market in Yampa.

Steamboat Springs was first organized to sell building lots to pioneers

It was in Boulder that Steamboat founder James Crawford met three influential bankers who in 1883 would play a role in establishing town's future

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New apartment buildings planned; one in downtown, another on Steamboat's south side

A pair of market-rate apartment building projects on opposite ends of Lincoln Avenue with the combined potential to add 94 rental units to Steamboat Springs’ tight housing market have entered the city planning process.

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City of Steamboat devotes two parking spaces on 10th Street to new electric car charger

The bright green parking spots on 10th Street adjacent to City Hall are reserved for electric cars whose owners who are welcome to charge up their cars at no charge.

City of Steamboat, housing authority collaborate on water/sewer project at enduring mobile home park

Construction crews from Connell Resources began work Monday on an unglamorous but critical $1.5 million utility project.

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Yampa Valley Housing Authority makes its pitch for federal income tax credits to help fund 48 affordable apartments

Yampa Valley Housing Authority makes its pitch for federal income tax credits to help fund 48 affordable new apartments on Steamboat's west side.

Routt County and city of Steamboat close to naming broadband consultant

Routt County does not have definite confirmation of whether any 911 calls were missed during July 6 phone, Internet outage resulting from sliced Century Link fiber optic cable.

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Steamboat's ski season airline capacity grows 13 percent with expanded service on existing routes

Notable on the winter 2015/2016 winter airline schedule released by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. is the decision to boost the service between the Yampa Valley (YVRA) and Los Angeles to daily fights.

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Photographer John Fielder publishes new book covering the full length of the Yampa River

The noted Colorado landscape photographer John Fielder and author Patrick Tierney have released their new book, “Colorado’s Yampa River, Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green.”

Routt County's new West Connector Trail links Steamboat with suburbs

The dirt trail provides a connection from Routt County Road 42 and the Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur subdivisions on the west, to Gloria Gossard Parkway and the West Acres and West End Village neighborhoods on the east.

Routt County prepared to seek court order to enforce asbestos mitigation at Yampa fire site

The certified letter from the county to Reno Ager reads in part: “The Routt County Board of Health convened and held a hearing on complaints that the condition on the property presents a nuisance, a source of filth, or a cause of sickness.”

Steamboat 700 developers exploring smaller subdivision west of town

Mark Fine, a managing partner taking a lead role in the entity revisiting Steamboat 700’s future, has been in touch with both the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County seeking a path toward approving a smaller first phase of the original development.

After 20 years and no new housing, Routt County questions details in West of Steamboat Plan

Routt County is asking Steamboat Springs City Council if it's time to revisit the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan to allow rural subdivisions within the Urban Growth Boundary without requiring immediate annexation into the city

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Behind the airport’s “We B Smokin’ BBQ” signs

F.M. Light & Sons isn’t the only Routt County business with a corner on the roadside billboard market. Drive to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and you’ll notice a series of curious yellow signs on your final approach. Each is printed with a poem verse warning against traffic offenses, with the stanza ending with the signature “We B Smokin’ BBQ.”

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Medical Matrimony: Scott and Jennifer Kempers

Shop talk is a healthy thing. And medical doctors Jennifer and Scott Kempers don’t hesitate to come home from work and engage in it. In fact, it’s a common way for Jen, who practices internal medicine, and Scott, an anesthesiologist, to unwind...

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Retiring Steamboat exec Chris Diamond didn't set out to run ski resorts - it just happened that way

“The reality is that skiing – snow sliding – is a unique experience that keeps getting reinvented by participants – there’s always a constant freshness to it.” – retiring Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. President and COO Chris Diamond.

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Sotheby's, Steamboat Village Brokers merge

Steamboat’s two-longest tenured brokerages — Steamboat Sotheby's International and Steamboat Village Brokers — will merge.

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Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty merging with Steamboat Village Brokers

Steamboat Village Brokers, founded in 1983, is merging with Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, founded in 1991, to create a real estate company with more than 80 brokers.

Chance for rain in Steamboat increases Sunday after dry second half of June

The dry spell could break over the holiday weekend with the greatest chance of rain arriving Sunday in the Park Range outside Steamboat as well as in the Flat Tops.

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Flying Diamond Ranch completes its conservation goals

Flying Diamond Ranch is a year-round cattle operation occupying the northern ridges of Thorpe Mountain where conserved land is visible to motorists traveling a two-mile stretch of the highway.

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New book collects the best 'Shenanigans' from Steamboat police blotter

"Ski Town Shenanigans" illustrates why its difficult to take life seriously living in a town where bears can open the doors of Subarus, and people come home from vacation to find strangers sleeping in their beds.

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Commissioners Corrigan, Monger worry about transportation funding

“It’s going to be the economic downfall of our state and probably of our nation. Our transportation infrastructure is pitiful.” – Routt County Commission Chairman Doug Monger

Southwestern Energy plans second well on existing Dill Gulch pad and a new well to the north of U.S. 40

Southwestern energy, which acquired the mineral leases of Shell Oil here for $180 million in 2012, also has a pending permit application at the state level for a new well north of Hayden.

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Gulfstream G-200 leads the jet parade as Yampa Valley Regional Airport reopens

A chartered Gulfstream jet inbound from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport swooped over the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport to gauge a stiff cross wind, circled back and touched down.

My dewlap is none of your darn business

Politeness counts. When threatened by a cow moose with youngsters in tow, do not say “Excuse me for living Mrs. Bullwinkle.”