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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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Republican senate, congressional races main attraction for June 28 primary election

Senate, congressional races are 'primary' attraction

In the case of Colorado’s 2016 primary election, there might be more motivation for a Routt County Democrat to change his or her affiliation to Republican than vice versa.

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Grouse habitat conserved with former Acord Ranch hay meadow

724 acres added to ranch conservation corridor on edge of Flat Tops

Great Outdoors Colorado is contributing $214,050, or 35.7 percent of the value, to a new conservation easement outside the town of Yampa in South Routt County.

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Cow Creek takes a big bite out of Routt County Road 45

Routt County road workers are tackling the repair of a road leading to popular cycling trails that was deeply gouged by Cow Creek.

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Master gardener recommends mixture of vermiculite, blended compost and peat moss

Salad bowl garden

Steamboat’s growing season of 39 frost-free days, combined with clay soils and desiccating winds, presents its own set of problems for gardeners.

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Air service board recommends that city council not ask voters to renew .25 percent airline tax

Group recommends council not put airline levy on ballot

The decision not to ask city council to renew the airline sales tax was made with the understanding of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. executives.

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Changeable spring weather is messing with streamflows in the Yampa Valley

A federal hydrologist says the Yampa River has likely peaked in Dinosaur National Monument, but it's a different story where the river flows through Steamboat Springs

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The South Routt Community Center, home to meals for seniors and after-school programs, lands $141,500 grant

The hub of South Routt gets a boost

The South Routt Community Center, home to meals for seniors and after-school programs, lands $141,500 grant

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Routt County Commissioners authorize filling position of assistant airport director

Post vacant since Dean Smith retired in Sept. 2015

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Director Kevin Booth said YVRA — with its large runway, which is underutilized much of the year — could attract an aviation maintenance facility or even a manufacturing business.

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Mid-May the ideal time for foals to be born in Elk River Valley

Nothing compares to a newborn colt

Friday marked the first time Squirt had left the barn and the stall he was born in, but within 15 minutes, he was making short dashes around his mother.

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Light industrial buildings hold potential for eight live-work units

Decade-old live-work plan resurfaces

It was originally in 2005 that Steamboat Today reported new industrial sites in Steamboat Springs were scarce and that only a few lots remained in the fourth and final phase of the Copper Ridge Business Park.

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Who wouldn't like knotty alder cabinets and 9-foot ceilings at an affordable apartment in Steamboat?

Ground broken on 48 income-restricted apartments in west Steamboat

Excavating equipment was already at work May 11 on The Reserves at Steamboat, even as groundbreaking ceremonies for the income-restricted apartment project, were underway.

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Routt County Commissioners react favorably to city's latest cop shop proposal

Hope remains for shared law enforcement facility

The on again/off again courtship between the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners over the possibility of sharing a new law enforcement campus is on again.

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High-tech mini river raft measures Yampa River streamflow

Yampa River rises, data uploads

Jeff Foster, of the the U.S. Geological Survey, launched a high-tech streamflow measuring device called an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler into the Yampa River at Fifth Street to make precise measurements of the river’s flows.

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Friday night wind gust drops evergreen on Hayden home

Matt and Lauren Kuckkahn had just returned home from doing errands in Hayden at about 5 p.m. when they discovered that one half of a very large evergreen tree had fallen on the front entrance of their home.

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Routt County Commissioners urge allowing use of airline sales tax for summer flights

County commissioners urge use of tax revenue for summer flights

“We believe allowing the 0.25% sales tax to be used year round to create the largest impact on enplanements and the local economy, rather than just the winter season, would be a significant improvement.” Routt County Commissioners

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To bee or not to be

Complex social structure of honey bees is attracting a swarm of new beekeepers in Routt County

If the human residents of the Yampa Valley think the wintry spring of 2016 has tested their fortitude, perhaps they should stop feeling sorry for themselves and think about the plight of the honey bees.

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Steamboat nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities one step closer to new campus

The majority of county planning commissioners felt construction of STARS’ 32-guest room lodge is not the primary use of the site but would be an appropriate “accessory” to its adaptive recreation programs.

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Planning Commissioners favor adaptive recreation headquarters within urban growth boundary

STARS Executive Director Julie Taulman urged planning commission to contemplate what else might be built on the site — just north of the city of Steamboat’s Legacy Ranch — if her organization were to be turned down.

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Sustainability Council seeks to build on food recovery program

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is seeking to expand on its food recovery program, which has routed 2,600 pounds of food that would have been discarded to community organizations.

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May 8 should be a great day to make a memory, skiing on Rabbit Ears Pass

We weren’t the first to pull into the parking lot at the North Walton Peak on Saturday, and the presence of other skiers meant that somebody else got first tracks, but it also meant somebody else had broken trail to the peak.

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Tree Haus Bridge paint job attracts just one bid for $31,540

Tree Haus wooden truss bridge to receive facelift

Construction on the “new” wooden version of the Tree Haus Bridge began in July 1998 with the help of a $517,000 state grant. The total cost of the project was $646,000.

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Steamboat tops 3 inches of precipitation after frequent April showers

Sundberg tends rain gauge for 44 years

The National Weather Service is reporting that the official weather site for Steamboat Springs has seen 3.24 inches of precipitation this month compared to the “normal” amount for April 29 of 2.32 inches.

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