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Tom Ross

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nonprofits receive $731,991 in 24 hours

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Steamboat-based Big Agnes looks abroad

Big Agnes' new facility in Utah is expected to open in December and is being counted on to help the company meet demand for its products both domestically and iternationally while decreasing shipping times and increasing efficiency.

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Combo of fresh powder, temperatures allow Steamboat Ski Area to open more terrain

Steamboat Ski Area announced Monday morning it had opened the gondola and Heavenly Daze trail, affording 2,000 feet of vertical.

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Routt County Commissioners OK secondary dwellings over objection of Planning Commission

Despite the objections of its planning commission, the Routt County Board of Commissions voted unanimously this week to allow rural homeowners to construct secondary units of up to 800 square feet.

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Scholarship Day skiers rewarded with blue skies, carve-able manmade snow at Steamboat Ski Area

Carving before the turkey's in the oven

Scholarship Day skiers and riders at Steamboat were rewarded with blue skies and carve-able manmade snow, and 100 early birds went home with a T-shirt too.

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Twentymile Mine granted permit change to enable pursuit of new coal customers

Twentymile in pursuit of coal customer

Reports on file with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety show that coal production at Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Coal Company is down steeply this year over 2015, but the decline has less to do with Peabody’s bankruptcy and the global decline in demand for coal than it might seem.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport arrives at busy season Dec. 17

Airport generates 488 winter jobs

The combined workforce at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season approaches 500.

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Steamboat opens on time for Scholarship Day with Christie Peak Express lift

Christie Peak Express powers ski opener

Christie Peak Express, with its 4,700-foot length and capacity to transport 3,200 skiers per hour, has played a pivotal role in previous opening days at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Coberly Creek Ranch conservation emblematic of the 1880s in South Routt County

The final piece of the conservation of the sprawling Coberly Creek Ranch in South Routt County was approved by the Routt County Board of Commissioners Nov. 8, and the 400-acre Trapper Jack parcel alludes to an obscure piece of local history.

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Jeff Roth's newest mural in downtown Steamboat is 130 feet long

The power of art to transform forgotten spaces

Artist Jeff Roth's new mural adds cultural significance to one of the least traveled alleyways in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Routt County Treasurer Horn succeeds in collecting $100,000 in interest on Peabody's overdue property taxes

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn collected $1.8 million in Peabody's overdue 2015 taxes, plus $100,000 in interest on the taxes and another $65,197 in legal fees.

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Incumbent Democrat Tim Corrigan takes race for Routt County commissioner

With a little more than two-thirds of the vote tallied for Routt County Commissioner District 1, Tim Corrigan had a 1,000-vote lead over Bob Dapper, at 6,275 to 5,247, or 54.5 percent to 45.54 percent of the partial vote total.

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Voters approve tax on future rural pot grows by 27 percentage points

The Routt County Commissioners have said they haven’t made up their minds to move forward with land use regulations that would allow people to seek permits for pot grow operations, but want a mechanism in place to offset some of costs to government.

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Routt County vote lags pace of 2008, 2012 elections

Voters delaying until final day

At the end of the day on Monday, Nov. 7, Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner reported that 10,283 of the 16,961 ballots mailed to active voters had been returned and accepted.

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Steamboat residents rally on behalf of South Dakota's Standing Rock Reservation

Answering the call of the drum

Tears well up in the eyes of Steamboat Springs resident Trizanne Rowley when she describes the strong pull she has felt this autumn to return to South Dakota and the banks of the Missouri River to answer the call of the drum.

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Bipartisan judges handle 2016 ballots under strict procedures

Returned ballots are processed, but not yet counted, by bipartisan election judges in secure rooms under video surveillance.

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County Treasurer Brita Horn: overdue Peabody taxes in the mail Nov. 11

Citing a confidentiality agreement, Routt Treasurer Brita Horn declined to reveal the status of interest due on overdue Peabody property taxes.

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October snow in Steamboat? Trick or treat…

Steamboat sees near normal October precip

The normal average high temperature for the month of October in Steamboat is 58.2 degrees, and October 2016 saw an average of 64.8 inches.

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Wyoming man dies in rollover truck accident on west side of Rabbit Ears Pass

The fatal crash on Rabbit Ears pass took place near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Sky Valley Drive where motorists descending the west side of the pass must negotiate a sweeping lefthand curve.

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Corrigan picks up fundraising pace; Dapper still outspends opponent 2-1

Corrigan picks up fundraising pace; Dapper still out-spending him two to one.

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Routt County commissioners in no rush to finalize rural pot regs, even if voters pass excise tax

Partners study pot grow in rural Routt

Business partners with marijuana industry expertise are studying the potential for a small-scale grow operation should Routt County clear the way for pot in unincorporated areas.

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State Historian Patty Limerick regales Steamboat Springs audience with Wallace Stegner stories

It was the cumulative work of author Wallace Stegner that helped to batter down barriers to publishing for those who wrote about the American West like Norman Maclean, author of “A River Runs Through It."

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Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner: Vote early to ensure final vote tallies on election night

The Routt County Clerk's office sent out 16,435 ballots the week of Oct. 17 for the all-mail Nov. 8 election, and by the end of the day on Monday, 1,400 or 1,500 ballot were expected to have been returned.

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Routt County construction industry hits biggest permit valuation in 7 years: $96.5 million

Fueled by 13 $1million home starts, numerous six-figure remodels and a handful of big institutional building projects, this construction season is putting up numbers like the Yampa Valley hasn’t seen since the boom years of almost a decade ago.

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Routt County government engages rules for rural pot grows

How big is too big? (When it comes to marijuana growing facilities in unincorporated Routt County)

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Routt Commissioner candidates: renewables matter, but saving fossil fuels jobs are highest priority

Routt Commissioner candidates rally behind coal

The future of coal mining and coal-fired power plants was on the minds of the candidates for Routt County Commissioner District 1 during Thursday night's candidate forum.

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Doug Allen prepares for final season in his career at Steamboat Ski Area

One of the highlights of Vice President of Mountain Operations Doug Allen's career at Steamboat Ski Area was guiding the replacement of fixed triple chairlifts with high-speed quads.

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West Routt's Jerry Green takes home Leckenby Award after 37 years on Heritage Center board

Jerry Green's early school year were spent in one-room school houses in the Dunstan (organized in 1892) and Beardsley (organized 1913). Perhaps that’s why he’s been so devoted to preserving the history of the region for all of these years.

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Naval petty officer Jed May serving on versatile warship in Western Pacific

Chief Petty Officer Jed May's duties on the USS Coronado include recovering helicopters like the SH-60 Sierra Seahawk to the tri-hulled naval ship after missions.

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Election Guide 2016: Referendum 1A — County asks voters to pre-approve pot excise tax

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is asking the voters to approve a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana grown for retail sale, anticipating it may consider permits for grow operations in the unincorporated county.

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Election Guide 2016: Referendum 5A — Mill levy increase sought for South Routt Medical Center

Without, the additional 2 mills of property tax, bringing the total to 4.095, that would provide an additional $185,285 in revenue, District Manager Ken Rogers said, he and the board would have to consider service reductions.

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Best Fishing Outfitter: Bucking Rainbow Outfitters

The increasing involvement of three generations of the Duty family is a significant factor in the success of Bucking Rainbow based out of a red brick building at 730 Lincoln Avenue that’s as solid as the business.

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Best Mullet: Luke Kimmes and Jesse Kurk (tie)

"You’ve got to stand in a doorway when there’s a good breeze blowing," to show your mullet to best advantage. That’s a really good move.” – Jesse Kurk

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Best Print Shop: Crown Prints

Crown Prints

Businesses from hair salons to building contractors rely on Crown Prints to reinforce their identity. One of the biggest perennial customers is the Mustang Roundup.

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Cowboy Brad Fitch brings the music of John Denver to Steamboat

Audience members can feel free to sing along and call out requests when Cowboy Brad Fitch brings the music of John Denver to Steamboat.

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Classic apres ski restaurant, the T Bar, asks city for five more years

For an older generation of devoted Steamboat skiers, Slopeside and T Bar are the closest things to the gone, but not forgotten, Dos Amigos and Tugboat for apres ski.

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