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RiverView: Hundreds of millions of dollars in new downtown Steamboat development

Cohesive downtown do-over

RiverView, at buildout, could represent hundreds of millions of dollars in cohesive real estate development at the entrance to downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Hemp business seeks to grow facility west of Steamboat

Hemp is a different crop from marijuana

Industrial hemp is distinctly different from the type of cannabis sativa, which produces the psychoactive chemical in marijuana pot smokers seek.

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One Steamboat Place condo sells for $1,446 per square foot

OSP pegs $8.6 million in condo sales

Is pending Steamboat Ski Resort sale already fueling high-end condo sales?

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Timetable for Steamboat schools bond issue already tight

Steamboat Springs school board member Michelle Dover said the board has been coming together like never before in 2017 in an effort to upgrade or build new school facilities.

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First quarter Steamboat real estate volume challenges records with $169 million in transaction value

Nine new homes permitted this spring

First quarter Steamboat real estate volume challenges records with $169 million in transaction value.

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Kevin Sankey steps down from role in Steamboat's future schools committee

Kevin Sankey, frustrated by "lack of collaboration" with administration, steps down from future schools committee.

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Steamboat Art Museum expands into old Brandywine restaurant space

Vintage building gets a new life

The dramatic expansion of the Steamboat Art Museum's exhibition space will be accomplished during the summer with the remodeling of a former landmark restaurant

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Utility work in Oak Creek means summer-long detour of Main Street

While Main Street in Oak Creek is torn up this summer, crews will also bury a separate empty conduit with the possibility it would someday carry fiber optic cable for high-speed internet connections.

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Dam at Steamboat Lake undergoes repairs, most of state park unaffected

As a result of the repair work on the dam at Steamboat Lake State Park, the Sage Flats day-use area with parking near the dam will be closed during construction, and park visitors are being asked to avoid the area.

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Steamboat Ski Resort workers waste no time launching gondola updates

Get up, stand up

The Wailers were still performing their last encore in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd celebrating the end of the 2016-17 ski season in Gondola Square on Easter Sunday when the first signs of this spring’s refurbishing of the 30-year-old Steamboat gondola appeared.

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Mud Season Survival Guide: Swing for a daily double in mud season

The joy of crust skiing is catching the snow just when the sun has barely softened the top quarter of an inch to allow one’s skis to barely bite into the crust — "It's like God's Zamboni"

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Newest affordable housing project in Steamboat Springs sees first move-ins

The first five households have begun moving into the brand new, income-restricted affordable apartments at the Reserves at Steamboat on the city's west side.

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Yampa River in Steamboat Springs likely to have sub-par summer flows

Hydrologists are predicting that flows in the Yampa River, which runs through the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, will trend below average through mid-summer.

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Fiber optic cable build begins in Steamboat

The benefits of the new fiber optic project will include ample, redundant and more affordable service to community anchor institutions.

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What’s next for Aspen/KSL beyond Steamboat Ski Resort, Mammoth?

There may be an emerging trend in the ongoing efforts of Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL/Squaw Valley to build a bigger ski resort empire, and its called the Mountain Collective.

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The Lester Crown family’s involvement in Aspen

The members of the Lester Crown family, of Chicago, have stakes in such high profile investments as the Chicago Bulls, New York Yankees and General Dynamics, as well as Aspen Skiing Co.

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Aspen resorts to remain privately held beyond Aspen Skico/KSL purchase of Steamboat Ski Resort

Four Aspen resorts to remain privately held by Crown family beyond Aspen Skico/KSL purchase of Intrawest and Steamboat.

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Game changer: Steamboat Ski Resort acquired by Aspen Skiing Co., KSL Capital Partners in $1.5B deal

Steamboat Ski Resort has embarked on a new chapter in its 54-year history, with the news Monday morning that Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., has been acquired by ski resorts operator Aspen Skiing Co LLC and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners LLC for about $1.5 billion, including debt.

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Mountains near Steamboat Springs trail Colorado snowpack trend

Only the combined Yampa and White river valleys in Colorado report below average snowpack.

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Reliving the 1942 Mount Harris coal mine explosion

Clad in coveralls, a hard hat and with soot on her cheeks, Sara Sweeney stood in front of a packed house at Butcherknife Brewing Company April 4 and held her phone up to a microphone, emitting a chilling wail like that of an emergency siren.

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Remember when future president Ronald Reagan starred at Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs?

Longtime Steamboat residents in their 70s and 80s who have really good memories might recall the time future president Ronald Reagan played the Chief Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Local ranch retailer specializes in high-altitude chicks

Green eggs and ham anyone?

For just a little more than the price of a dozen eggs, locavores can buy a chick that will grow up to lay multiple eggs a week. Of course, there’s the cost of chicken feed.

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Peabody: 'We will continue contributing to the economic success of Routt and Moffat counties'

Kemal Williamson, Peabody’s president-Americas, signaled that Twentymile Mine will be a fit for Peabody’s post-bankruptcy strategy.

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Steamboat Sears store unaffected by financial woes of Sears Holding Co.

Sears Hometown store owners were less than thrilled in January, when Sears Holding Co. sold the Craftsman tool brand, though Sears Hometown continues to sell Craftsman, among other brands.

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North Routt 4-year-old smiles through hearing loss and autism

“He’s really just a bright, sunny, happy little 4-year-old, he just has pretty darn big challenges that have prevented him from being able to communicate." - Lisa Lorenz, Yampa Valley Autism program

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March precip stands at one-third normal with a mix of rain and snow in forecast

Kate Gmeiner's weather station, between downtown and the base of Steamboat Ski Area, confirms that precipitation has come in dribs and drabs early and late this month, with nothing but trace amounts in the middle of the month.

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Uber officials in contract talks with Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Steamboat, airport in two different Uber zones

Uber officials are in contract talks with Yampa Valley Regional Airport Director Kevin Booth.

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12 acres of West Routt wheat secures return of sandhill cranes

When the greater sandhill cranes returned to the Yampa Valley earlier this month, there was a sizable flock that hadn’t forgotten Robert Bruchez’s grain field on Routt County Road 70.

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Court is in session: Shut off that saber saw

Court's in session, shut off that saw

“Interruption of court proceedings due to excessive construction noise will not be allowed.”

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3Wired: Breathing digital life into rich trove of local history

The tale of how Hazie Werner gained her first experience as a midwife as a 9-year-old has been lost to obscurity for three decades but is finding an enriching new life of the web.

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Smoke near Strawberry park is controlled burn

The smoke is coming from an approved burn of a slash pile left over from beetle-killed tree removal on the north side of the ridge between Fish Creek Falls Road and Strawberry Park.

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Buyers of $9 million rural Steamboat property seek permit to host weddings

Growth industry: destination weddings

Buyers of the $9 million Wildflower Meadows property are seeking a permit to host weddings and special events on the 154-acre site.

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Three Wire Winter project prepares to go viral


Steamboat Pilot and Today reporter Tom Ross recently sat down with Brock and McKelvie to hear them retell some of their favorite stories of the people, now long gone, who helped shape the future of the Yampa Valley.

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Maybell Egg Lady raises eggs, pork for Ag Week breakfast

Home-grown breakfast burritos

The Egg Lady is really Kris Brannan, who, with her husband, Ed, grows leghorn chickens and white Duroc pigs on their ranch west of Craig.

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Ice at Stagecoach Lake is thinning

Anglers cautioned: The ice close to the shore at Stagecoach Reservoir is very thin, it's a different story at Steamboat Lake.

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Northwest Colorado ranchers, farmers celebrate Ag Week 'family style'

Dairies and wheat farms not as prevalent

Northwest Colorado ranchers, farmers celebrate Ag Week family style.

Ice fishermen cautioned ice on the edges of Stagecoach Reservoir is 'extremely thin' in places

Ice fishermen cautioned ice on the edges of Stagecoach Reservoir is 'extremely thin' in places, wind associated with weekend storm could result in open water at the inlet.

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Routt county government plows through snow removal concerns

Snow plowing gets closer look

Routt County will conduct a work session March 21 to look at options for its snow plowing policy.

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March heat blows Elk River record out of water

Elk River flows over-heated

“It’s crazy how high the flows are for this time of year," hydrologist Ashley Nielson says of the Elk River.

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Early forecast: Ski season airline arrivals down about 2 percent

Spring airline deals in play

Even as resort officials begin to work on contracts for the 2017-18 flight program, they are still trying to boost airline traffic for the final few weeks of this ski season.

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New leader for Historic Routt County's preservation efforts

Katzman sees historic perspective

Emily Katzman, the new executive director of Historic Routt County, has a fascination with Puebloan structures at Mesa Verde National Park.

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Steamboat rancher Jim Stanko meets with congressional committee to lobby for vet's rights

Fighting for veterans' health care

Steamboat area rancher Jim Stanko makes his ninth trip to Washington D.C. with American Legion leaders to lobby Congress for funding to allow military veterans in rural areas to see private doctors in some cases.

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St. Patrick's Day tradition

Knights of Columbus still cook corned beef in copper kettles

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Suspected paint dump spreads fumes in Steamboat townhomes

Storm drains used as dumping

Suspected paint dump into storm drain finds its way from cattail pond to crawl spaces and spreads fumes in Steamboat townhomes.

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Stagecoach buyers aren't talking, conceptual drawings on website do it for them

Stagecoach partners mum, website shares concept

Conceptual plans for the mountain village under the pending redevelopment of the Stagecoach Ski Area — should the sale go through — show a mountain village with a lodge, event center, ski school and store.

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Abundant snowpack doesn't always fill area reservoirs

Ample runoff? Time will tell

The amount of water currently stored in two critical reservoirs on the upper Yampa River south of Steamboat Springs appears better than average, but water managers here aren’t taking anything for granted.

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Mobile homes have long offered workforce housing

Hilltop Homes is a Steamboat neighborhood where many residents have taken the option to replace original mobile homes with stick-built or modular homes.

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Recycling glass becomes more viable in Steamboat thanks to Broomfield processing plant

Discarded beer bottles never looked as good as they do now after Momentum Recycling opened a glass sorting, cleaning and crushing facility in Broomfield.

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Routt among Colorado counties seeking to strengthen faith in voting process

Colorado has been working to strengthen voters' faith in election outcomes since 2013, and the Routt County Clerk is on board.

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Electrical power outage affects 2,000 customers

Sunday night’s power outage in west and north Routt was the latest in a series of outages that have taken place on YVEA lines since September 2016.

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