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Tom Ross

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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.”

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Routt County OK with Steamboat Ski Area master plan doubling as its conceptual plan

Any new chairlifts, as well as a higher-capacity gondola, which is being considered, would still go through the rigorous National Environmental Protection Act process overseen by the Forest Service.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport set to reopen Thursday after 70-day runway project

The contractors on the repaving of the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport lost 16 full days and more than 20 in aggregate to unusually wet weather in May.

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Routt County considers allowing OHVs on short stretches of county road near Black Mountain

Routt County isn’t talking, at this point, about going as far as Moffat has, allowing OHV use on all county roads unless otherwise posted.

Possibilities for raising more protein with less water consumption?

Gail Schwartz: Colorado ranks 11th in the country in fish production through aquaculture with $12 to $15 million in annual sales, but the state has the potential to expand to $750 million in sales by 2030.

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Chris Diamond honored by Colorado Ski Country USA

A pair of ski industry veterans from the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. along with a young ski jumper from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were among nine honored by Colorado Ski Country USA annual meeting in Boulder.

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South Routt ranch upstream from Stagecoach State Park conserved

Four generations of the Stetson family have worked on Iron Springs Ranch since Frank Stetson’s father acquired the parcel in the 1940s.

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South Routt ranch upstream from Stagecoach State Park protected from development

Four generations of the Stetson family have worked on Iron Springs Ranch since Frank Stetson’s father acquired the parcel in the 1940s.

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Unmitigated asbestos found in ruins of Yampa Royal Hotel

The 30 days given by the state health department to contain asbestos in the burned ruins of Yampa's Royal Hotel have come and gone.

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Routt County may ask voters to opt out of state telecommunications bill

People in the rural areas of Colorado tend to pay more for slower Internet capacity than their counterparts in larger cities. But even on the Front Range, local governments are persuading voters to opt out of the bill.

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Strong fares, low fuel costs add up to $15.44 per passenger for Steamboat's winter air program

Steamboat ski season airline program managers look for new cities to serve in Florida, California, East Coast — nothing certain.

Popovich chosen to replace Barnett at MainStreet Steamboat helm

New MainStreet Steamboat manager Lisa Popovich has worked in regional management for national retailers, Nautica, rue21 and Petco, but she says she learned essential business skills in Steamboat Springs in the early 1990s.

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South Routt Town of Yampa on the rebound after Royal Hotel fire

Flowers planted by volunteers to spruce up the Town of Yampa came from the greenhouse cared for by the students in the Future Farmers of America chapter at Soroco High School under the supervision of Jay Whaley.

Routt County says 'yes' to ultra private links at Windwalker Ranch

The Routt County commissioners felt a little squeamish over requiring Windwalker Ranch to spend no less than $100,000 to carry out stream bank improvements along the Yampa River south of Steamboat.

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June 1 snowpack far exceeds normal across the Colorado Rockies

The areas that carry the highest snowpack deep into summer are also susceptible to flood danger. Hoosier Pass, on Colorado Highway 9 between Breckenridge and South Park, with 14.2 inches of water content, is a case in point.

Runway workers moving 'heaven and earth' 24 hours a day at Yampa Valley Airport

Earth work is taking place around the clock at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and paving is underway 14 to 15 hours a day. An engineer employed by construction manager Jviation is also working at night.

Unusually strong storms in Pacific influence Steamboat's return to rainy pattern

After a break early Saturday moref energy is ejected over our area ahead of the eastward progressing west coast storm, bringing another round of moderate to heavy rain for Steamboat Saturday afternoon and extending into the night.

Cattle branding a muddy affair in 2015, but lush pasture is a blessing

Corrals were too muddy in May to allow some Routt County ranchers to brand calves, but now pastures are lush and rapidly growing.

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Steamboat ski great Paul Wegeman dies at 88 in Colorado Springs

1952 Winter Olympian Paul Wegeman, who died May 30 at 88, spoke to a packed house in Steamboat in August 2013 and described his formative years here with some of the best-known skiers in the history of Ski Town USA.

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Survey shows Routt County paying some workers less than market rate, others more

The Routt County Commissioners have promised to hold employees earning above market rate “harmless” — their salaries won’t be cut to bring them in line with what their peers in similar roles at other mountain counties.

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Reopening of Yampa Valley Regional Airport delayed to June 25 from June 15

Reopening the airport on June 25 would come in time to allow operation of the first direct daily flight on United from Houston for the summer season.

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Routt County set to evaluate Steamboat Ski Area master plan

The Steamboat Ski Area's master plan includes a ski-way in the form of a snow-covered bridge, 325 feet long and 85 feet above Burgess Creek, that would make it easier for skiers to leave the ski trails on Pioneer Ridge.

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Frank Alfone to replace Jay Gallagher after 10 years at helm of Mount Werner Water District

Frank Alfone has Colorado experience in water utility management on resume as he prepares to take charge at Mount Werner Water in Steamboat Springs.

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Northwest Colorado water officials update status of Colorado's new water plan

The big water buffalo in the room was the possibility that Front Range interests will succeed in influencing the water plan to include a new trans-mountain diversion (TMD) of water from the Western Slope to the rapidly growing Eastern Slope.