Back to profile

Tom Ross

Stories by Tom

Tease photo

County commissioners frustrated with men rescued from Fish Creek Canyon

Routt County commissioners expressed their frustration Monday with two Minnesota men who had to be rescued for a second time from Fish Creek Canyon Jan. 12 by Search and Rescue volunteers.

Tease photo

Nat Geo: Get soaked in the ‘Boat

Downtown Steamboat Springs and the Strawberry Park Hot Springs received a positive mention in the February/March issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Tease photo

Wildlife biologist tells Steamboat audience that some birds exploit aftermath of wildfire

Birds of a feather differ over wildfire

Ask a western tanager, a woodpecker and an olive-sided flycatcher how they feel about forest fires and you’re apt to get three different answers.

Tease photo

Steamboat's days are gradually getting longer, but they're already longer in Durango

The duration of daylight in Steamboat Springs is increasing by about two minutes every day in January and will reach 10 hours and 7 minutes by the last day of the month.

Tease photo

LiftUp of Routt County executive director leaving for job in Westminster

Laura Von Boecklin is enthused about her new role at the Westminster Legacy Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the city of Westminster.

Tease photo

County moves to approve six-lot subdivision, city objects

Routt County commissioners voted 2-0 to approve a six-lot subdivision over the city of Steamboat Springs' objections.

Tease photo

Cowboy Downhill: 'Let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such…'

“We don’t have no unnecessary roughness penalties.” — rodeo bull rider and Cowboy Downhill contestant Garett Norby, comparing rodeo events to NFL football.

Tease photo

Rodeo cowboys remind us of Steamboat's claim to Western roots

Some of the best rodeo cowboys on the planet will be in town as Steamboat Ski Area plays host to the 43rd Bud Light Cowboy Downhill.

Tease photo

Yampa Valley Housing Authority might be able to tap tax credits for next project, but deal will be complex

“If we want to achieve our affordable housing goals, we have to do something different from what we’ve done for the last 20 years.” — Yampa Valley Housing Authority Executive Director Jason Peasley

Tease photo

Sustainability awards honor volunteers who elevate Yampa Valley community

"The Sustainability Awards are dedicated to the time, energy of these heroes who have been the inspiration for our organization and a reminder to us of why we do what we do." – Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah Jones

Tease photo

Human Services building so cramped its shortcomings are driving policies and procedures

An architectural firm has reported to Routt County commissioners that the current Human Services building is so cramped its shortcomings are driving policies and procedures.

Tease photo

Routt County roads get plowed once a day, drivers cover 20 to 30 miles in 8 hours

Routt County Road and Bridge Director Janet Hruby explained Jan 10 why it’s not practical for her crews to plow the same rural road multiple times a day.

Tease photo

Yampa Valley Housing Authority seeks to capitalize on momentum

Open door for housing

“We’re going to make a lot of progress this coming year. We want to be in a position where people are watching, because we have so much going on.” - Yampa Valley Housing Authority Director Jason Peasley

Tease photo

Snowpack in Yampa Basin climbs to 121 percent of median

The highest snowpack measurement closer to Steamboat, on a percentage basis, is in Buffalo Park south of U.S Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Tease photo

Steamboat Springs residents dig out from 23 inches of snow fall on valley floor in 3 days

Old Town Steamboat residents were working hard Thursday to remove snow from their driveways after 23 inches of snow fall in three days in city.

Tease photo

Routt County Sheriff's Office shifts gears, orders pickups

Routt County is buying $437,271 worth of new vehicles from Front Range dealers under a state bidding agreement.

Tease photo

Routt County commissioners approved body cams for sheriff's deputies

Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says he waited to seek approval for purchasing body evidence cameras for his deputies until legal and technology issues had been more thoroughly explored.

Tease photo

Snow, wind prompt 'winter storm watch' for Steamboat

Steamboat meteorologist Michael Weissbluth expects as much as 1 to 2 feet of snow on the Thursday morning ski report.

Tease photo

Teen skier rescued from 'The Land of the Little People' at Steamboat Ski Area

“He called me from the trees and said, ‘Hi Paige, this is Paul, I’m calling from the Land of the Little People.’”

Tease photo

Boys and Girls Club makes life easier for parents in resort industry

Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Dana Duran's favorite aspect of the club is that the youngsters all interact with one another without regard for status derived from economic circumstances or prowess in academics or athletics.

Tease photo

Routt County advances six-lot subdivision just outside Steamboat city limits

The site of the proposed Fox Grove subdivision abuts the north side of Fish Creek Falls Road on the northeast corner of its intersection with Steamboat Boulevard.

Tease photo

Routt County reaches settlement with owner of Oak Creek property that has too many junk vehicles

Routt County approves settlement to enforce zoning but defers lawsuit over Oak Creek Canyon property strewn with junk.

Tease photo

Kiwanis Club’s community service in Steamboat Springs ends after 68 years

The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club was well known for the commemorative holiday ornaments it sold for 32 years to raise funds the club in turn donated to community organizations.

Tease photo

Tom Ross: Childhood holiday gifts can create enduring memories in the minds of seniors

Holiday gifts that make memories

A modest holiday gift that makes a child feel like they fit in with their peers can mean a great deal. When their parents recognize it, and come through in the end, it creates a lasting memory.

Tease photo

City of Steamboat's free ski day at Howelsen Hill Ski Area popular with young families

What's not to like about free skiing?

With fresh snow on the hill and blue skies above, young families, snowboard dudes and infrequent skiers mingled with rising competitive skiers clad in brightly colored suits for a free ski day at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

Tease photo

City of Steamboat Springs uses bulk of Iron Horse escrow to secure permanent easement on Yampa River

Securing access to the Yampa

Of the total escrow amount, $267,000 will be devoted to the easement, which will ensure permanent public access to a strip of riverside between the Yampa River Core Trail and the water’s edge on the west side of the Iron Horse.

Tease photo

Residents of Oak Creek forced to leave their apartments this month bouncing from motel to motel

The half-dozen people, who were evacuated from an apartment building in Oak Creek Dec. 4 because of dangerous carbon monoxide levels, have been on the move ever since.

Tease photo

Steamboat Springs resort community will be close to its holiday peak Dec. 28

The Steamboat Springs resort community will be close to its holiday peak Dec. 28, when the number of visitors will reach 14,500. Guest lodging numbers will remain high through Dec. 31, with 13,100 people here celebrating the New Year.

Tease photo

Routt County restructures, hires new emergency communications director

New Routt County emergency communications director Jason Nettles starts Jan. 3 — his wife will begin new nursing role at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Tease photo

Yampa Valley Regional Airport weathers four power outages in a week

Yampa Valley Electric CEO Diane Johnson said crews are working to reinforce protection on a power line leading to Yampa Valley Regional Airport by the end of the week.

Tease photo

Vista Verde Guest Ranch sells for $16.25 million, includes $4 million home

A North Routt landmark changed hands Dec. 14 when a Chicago couple purchased Vista Verde Guest Ranch northeast of Clark for $12.25 million. In a separate purchase the couple also acquired the $4 million owner's home.

Tease photo

Housing Steering Committee calls for 700 new homes in four years to close the demand gap

Can Steamboat Springs together with the towns of Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa and unincorporated Routt County deliver on the promise of almost 700 new housing units in the span of four years?

Tease photo

Routt County signs on to help pay for early design drawings for new cop shop

“I think we’re beyond a leap of faith. We’re at a point now where we’re spending real money.” — County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski

Tease photo

Snowpack in Buffalo Park on Rabbit Ears Pass is 134 percent of median

Snow-measuring sites situated in the high elevations of the Park Range east of Steamboat Springs show that the water in the snow that fell between Dec. 6 and 12, nearly doubled the amount of water in the standing snowpack.

Tease photo

Steamboat ski legend Jim “Moose” Barrows out of hospital after brain surgery

Steamboat ski legend Jim "Moose" Barrows remains in Denver but is out of the hospital and making rapid improvements following brain surgery

Tease photo

Powder day lures skiers to climb for their turns in pre-dawn

Endorphins are uphill skiers' reward

In the age of high speed quads, why would anyone in their right mind climb a couple of thousand vertical feet for the equivalent of two ski runs and then go home? Answer: endorphins.

Tease photo

Housing group expected to reveal obstacles to creating new supply

Valley needs 300-plus new homes a year

People at the Dec. 13 housing steering committee meeting may be taken aback by the number of housing units needed to meet current shortfalls and continue to keep pace with demand into the future.

Tease photo

Steamboat can look forward to milder temperatures, wet snow for weekend

Thermometers close to the Yampa River in Steamboat were reading 14 degrees below zero before dawn on Dec. 8, but weather forecasters were predicting temperatures above freezing and a rain snow mix Dec. 9 and 10.

Tease photo

Nonprofits receive $731,991 in 24 hours

Organizers conclude Yampa Valley nonprofits have learned to market themselves effectively on Yampa Valley Gives Day.

Tease photo

Sustainability Council targets needless household food waste in 2017

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council hopes that serving a soup made from produce that isn’t fresh, but still nutritious, will point out some of the community’s wasteful kitchen habits

Tease photo

Water quality testing renewed; Yampa River saw lean autumn flows in 2016

A water quality testing program on Yampa River reaffirmed by Routt County Board of Commissioners

Tease photo

New Hahns Peak gateway sign strategically placed at Steamboat Lake State Park visitors center

The new Hahns Peak sign is part of the efforts of the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism Project to promote cultural tourism across 17 communities in five neighboring counties in Western Colorado.

Tease photo

Private donors step up to fund a second drug-sniffing dog to cut down on heroin in Routt County

The Board of County Commissioners have cleared Sheriff Wiggins to accept the generosity of a local couple who have offered to pay for the purchase and training of a second drug-sniffing dog.

Private donors come through for Boomer, Routt County

Boomer gets drug sniffing sidekick

The Board of County Commissioners have cleared Sheriff Wiggins to accept the generosity of an local couple that that has offered to pay for the purchase and training of a second drug-sniffing dog.

Tease photo

Nordic citizen race series opens with sprint relay under the lights

The genius of the Dec. 7 Nordic Race Series season opener is that skiers don’t need to be in mid-season form to feel comfortable putting down their $5 entry fee and turning it loose.

Tease photo

S'No time to wait for snow

S'No Hurry

In Steamboat, the genesis of snowmaking and expectations of a Thanksgiving opening day, can be found in a couple of dreadful snow seasons that spanned the late 70s and early 80s.

Tease photo

If approved in January, new Stagecoach plan broadens potential for community store

Residents of unincorporated Stagecoach have long wished for a community store, and when the update of the Stagecoach Community Plan comes up for approval in January, there may be new reason for hope.

Tease photo

Former Steamboat top exec Chris Diamond writes about his eventful years in ski resort industry

"Ski Inc." is an engaging account of the rise of the modern ski resort industry that doesn't pull punches but also honors the people who nourished it.

Tease photo

Toyota ad that aired during Broncos game was filmed at Bridgestone Winter Driving School

Dashing through the snow in a 4Runner

Local professional driver Mark Cox was behind the wheel of a Toyota 4Runner during a commercial that ran during the Nov. 27 Denver Broncos game.

Tease photo

Routt County approves two new wedding venues

Ranch weddings popular

Routt County is due for two new rural wedding venues to serve the growing demand for destination weddings in the Yampa Valley.

Prev