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Tom Ross

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Routt County Riders raise money for grooming winter bike trails

Routt County Riders raised $4,200 for upgraded grooming of fat-tire bike trails on Emerald Mountain in Steamboat Springs.

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Child advocate named to lead LiftUp

New LiftUp Executive Director Sue Fegelein is an attorney who advocates for children living in abusive households.

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'Beyond Photography' adds new meaning to capturing images with light

The image “Aquamarine” by Melanie Rose employs Kool-Aid crystals, among other compounds, in the photographic printing process.

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Routt County commissioners eager to ramp up building department staff to construction boomlet

When Routt County Building Department Director Ben Grush asked the Board of Commissioners Feb. 28 for permission to hire a new inspector and an assistant building official, it didn’t take much convincing.

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Devil's Grave latest South Routt ranch parcel to be conserved

The Devil’s Grave section of the Rossi Ranch is situated along Routt County Road 17, is designated as part of the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway and is visible from heavily traveled Colorado Highway 131.

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Routt County planners take their show on the road

Rural residents will have a chance to chew on local issues with Routt County planners during road trip outreach

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The late longtime KBCR newsman John Larson displayed dry sense of humor

The late KBCR newsman John Larson would broadcast election coverage live from the Routt County Courthouse by using the output jack on his cassette recorder to plug into any phone in the courthouse he could gain access to.

Freshman Gabe Rabenal leads Sailor boys in state X-C classic race

Steamboat Springs High School Head Nordic Skiing Coach Jesse Wilkins said senior captain Jennie Adler dislocated her knee just before the state championship classic race, ending her high school racing career.

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Weather may be frigid, but music will be sizzling

“It’s actually just really distracting, trying to keep yourself moving and hands warm. Your ability to get from one place to another on the fretboard is limited.” - Steamboat guitarist Tyler Peyman

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Steamboat Springs jazz guitarist Bill Martin interprets the American songbook

Steamboat Springs guitarist Bill Martin's latest CD, "Mr. Lucky," proves pop standards are fertile ground for jazz instrumentalists who don’t feel bound to adhere to the original score.

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Housing authority seeks technical help from county on funding issue

“What we know is that to meet the housing goals set by committee, we need to adapt a new paradigm or lose our middle class in the Yampa Valley,” Yampa Valley Housing Authority Board President Roger Ashton said.

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Airline capacity into Yampa Valley Regional Airport ramps up

Airline capacity into Yampa Valley Regional Airport ramps up for Presidents' Weekend and spring break to follow.

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Routt, Moffat tax valuation dinged by reduction in valuation of Hayden Station power plant

The reduced valuation of Salt River Project's share of the property in the Hayden power plant will impact taxing entities, including Routt County government, the East Routt Library District and the West Routt Fire Protection District in Hayden.

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Steamboat hasn't seen a February day that hasn't risen above the freezing mark

Meteorologist Dennis Phillips said the average daily low temperature of 24.1 degrees here through Feb. 13 compares to the historic average minimum for this month of 6.5 degrees.

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Swedish developers focused on their next project in Steamboat Springs

Johan Monsen and Ulf Clacton of Swed Properties, working with Ski Town Commercial, hope to deliver a community of small manufactured single-family homes to the market by late summer 2018.

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Royal Hotel owner might deed asbestos site to Routt County to land cleanup grant

“You’ll have the opportunity to tell that to the judge when we move forward,” with legal action. "It’s not our intention to take your property," Commissioner Doug Monger said to Reno Ager, owner of the asbestos site.

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Steamboat resident among principles in Aspen development

Jim DeFrancia's co-developer, Gorsuch, a cousin to Supreme Court nominee

Steamboat resident Jim DeFrancia among members of development team for proposed Gorsuch House at Base of Aspen Mountain.

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Routt tabs FEMA veteran to lead county's emergency operations

Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan: Choice of new emergency operations manager a good fit for first responders' desire for more layers of disaster training.

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Fear not, when ski lifts stop, it's almost always routine, and mechanics are on the way in minutes

Various chairlifts at Steamboat Ski Area are apt to stop briefly on a daily basis as skiers fall while loading or unloading, but thanks to backup systems, the times when a lift has been evacuated are few and far between.

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Training to evacuate the gondola

You may be wondering “What about the gondola?” after reading Saturday's story about how Steamboat Ski Area prepares for possible chairlift evacuations.

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Rancher gives 1947 bulldozer a second life, plowing snow in rural Steamboat Springs

Long may you run

Fetcher first spied the old bulldozer in the Moonhill Meadows subdivision. It had been sitting in one place for so long that a tree was growing through it, and its steel tracks were embedded 6 inches deep in the ground.

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Routt County's ranch preservation program closes in on 50,000 acres conserved

With the closing of five pending conservation easements, Routt County's landmark ranch preservation program will have conserved more than 50,000 acres.

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Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs professor Lindsey Royce turns to poetry to heal herself

Among the most daunting to read but also among the most profound poems in Lindsey Royce's new book "Bare Hands," are "My Father’s Animals" and "My Father the Bard."

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Winter Carnival 2017: Steamboat Winter Carnival embodies Steamboat's traditions of skiing, ranching and performing arts

Steamboat's holy triumvirate

Carl Howelsen succeeded in implanting the love of winter sports into this community at the cellular level, and today, skiing and local culture are inseparable.

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Winter bicycle commuters ride for sustainability, economy and lifestyle

"My biggest motive is for sustainability.  It feels really good to live close enough to where you work to be able to (bike) commute, it's one of the beauties of living in a small town." – Middle School math and science teacher Mindy Mulliken

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Winter above the 'Clark-tic Circle' in North Routt County

Winter above the 'Clark-tic Circle'

The deepest snow in the Park Range just east of Steamboat is at the Tower Snotel on Buffalo Pass, where the 96 inches of snow there contains 30.4 inches of water.

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A sentimental ski to a special backcountry hut

Deb Proper recalled this week that, for her first backcountry hut trip on skinny skis to the Fowler Hilliard hut in 1984, she wore wool knee socks and knickers.

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Steamboat rides consistent storms to 247 inches of season snowfall at summit on Jan. 31

Steamboat Ski Area saw measurable snowfall on 22 of 31 mornings in December 2016, and 20 of 31 days in January 2017

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Sue Egger's Sleeping Giant Yaks are the talk of the stock show

Sue Egger's yaks never talk back to her, they just bring home the prize ribbons from the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

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Fat tire snow bicyclists get 10 kilometers of their own at Haymaker Nordic Center

Fat tire bikes are mountain bikes with over-sized tires and treads that allow cyclists to pursue their passion on packed, snowy surfaces, and for the first time this winter, Haymaker Nordic Center has them.

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Moving Mountains to help guests create enduring family memories

Steamboat company grows from 44 to 75 luxury homes in 5 years

The Moving Mountains catered chalet concept relies on removing the inherent logistical challenges from a ski vacation in order to free guests to pursue their passions.

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Steamboat Ski Area enjoys back-to-back 100-inch-plus months

Steamboat Ski Area reported reaching 102 inches of snowfall at the summit of Mount Werner in the month of January, resulting in back-to-back months that topped the century mark.

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Uber drivers in Steamboat focus on 'restaurant time'

Yes, Uber has been in Steamboat for two years, but getting an Uber driver to meet you at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 22 miles west of Steamboat in Hayden, isn’t always straightforward.

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Water testing shows upper Yampa River is healthy

A lot of the undesirable chemical compounds the upper Yampa River has been tested for are at such low levels scientists cannot accurately measure them.

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Routt County commissioners hear about snow plowing from constituents

“I’m here to represent the thousands of us who live in North Routt and drive 129 every day. I respectfully suggest the main artery serving thousands of residents deserves more attention.” — Nancy Mucklow

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.