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County considers commercial snowmobiling on conserved West Routt Ranch

Routt County Planning Commission agreed with Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins' recommendation to curtail the dates of commercial snowmobile operations on Elkhead Ranch to protect an “extremely important” elk migration corridor.

Yampa being considered for supplementary flows for third time in four years

Zach Smith, attorney for the Colorado Water Trust, told the board members of the Conservancy District Wednesday that while no decision has been made to supplement the Yampa’s flows again this summer, they want to have agreements in place by late May.

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Snowpack on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat loses 12 points since March 4

The Yampa’s flows of 337 cubic feet per second Wednesday, where it passes beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in Steamboat, were more than double the median for the date, according to records kept by the U.S. Geological Survey.

State grants to fund RV hookups to computer networks in Steamboat, Routt County

Routt County will recognize the popularity of people staying overnight in motor homes at the county fair and at livestock shows by using its $6,589 “mini grant” from the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to execute the planning for new RV hookups.

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Boulder developer proposes 64 market rate apartments on U.S. Highway 40 west

The entrance to Elk River Apartments would be on the north side of U.S. Highway 40 directly opposite from the highway’s intersection with Curve Court. The latter runs between Cook Chevrolet & Subaru and the Steamboat Pilot & Today building.

Routt County stepping up to category II would result in 2019 pay raises for elected officials

House Bill 1256 would result in a $14,000 annual pay increase for most elected officials in Routt County over the next two election cycles and be completed in 2019.

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Loss of historic Royal Hotel brings people of Yampa together

Residents of Yampa sign up to tackle modest chores and begin to affect positive change following the loss of historic landmark Royal Hotel.

Forecast for better than even chance of above average temperatures, moisture in Steamboat through March 26

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is rating the chance for above average precipitation through March 26 at between 50 and 60 percent, and the same is true for the probability of above average temperatures.

Intrawest, Powdr, Boyne ski resort operators unveil M.A.X. Pass

For Steamboat season pass and Steamboat-15 pass holders, the M.A.X. Pass means they could add five days at 22 resorts for a $249 up-charge (adult rate), according to Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane.

New Routt County camping regulations allow up to 180 days consecutive camping on private land

"I don’t think that we’re having such a problem with the definition of the word ‘temporary’ that I would have entered into this process and been willing to impinge on peoples’ rights to use their property.” –Routt County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski

Commissioners find little to like about Deer Mountain plan

County Commissioner Doug Monger said he felt that the Ridge at Deer Mountain developers were asking too much and not giving back enough public benefit with their proposal for a 12-lot rural subdivision with caretaker units.

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First dog on Routt County Sheriff's roster being trained to track people, sniff out narcotics

In addition to working with Routt County Sheriff Office's K-9, Boomer, on a daily basis, Deputy Ed Hendricks will be taking his partner home with him every night to strengthen their bond.

New Routt County private camping regs would restrict length of stay for first time

The Routt County commissioners are considering a two-tiered plan to allow camping 60 days in sum total, and a second plan, with a higher approval threshold, to permit up to 180 days of camping.

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Straightline owners plan to make the most of inconvenient situation this spring

Some retailers would be peevish over having to temporarily abandon their store for eight or nine weeks and move their merchandise and fixtures not once, but twice. But the owners of Straightline are seizing upon the disruption as an opportunity to rejuvenate their store.

Routt County commissioners suing local couple over 'illegal' A-frame

The Routt County commissioners are asking the court to either compel Mark and Lori Elliott to take down their 'illegal' A-frame or authorize the county to remove it and bill the owners.

After losing a landmark, town of Yampa invited to look to the future

When the Royal Hotel burned in January, the town of Yampa also lost a watering hole that offered much more than cold beer.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority close to applying for permit to build 48 affordable apartments

The tentative business arrangement with Overland Property Group to build the affordable apartments in Steamboat calls for the developers to absorb the entirety of the nearly $2 million debt on the land incurred by the authority in the real estate run-up of the last decade.

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Downtown improvement plan returns to Steamboat Springs City Council

City Council asked city staffers during its Jan. 20 meeting to return this week with additional research as they wrestled with the question of whether or not to fund public improvements in the downtown through a tax incremental financing program.

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Colorado Nordic skiing legend Sven Wiik turns 94

Steamboat's Sven Wiik, 94, who was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame way back in 1979, was born to glide on a pair of skinny skis on Feb. 27, 1921, in Solloftea, Sweden.

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Steamboat Planning Commission favors extending worker housing at downtown motel through April 2016

“In the broader context of things, I don’t think there are too many people in the community who aren’t applauding a free market solution to a rough rental market,” – Planning Commissioner Charlie MacArthur.

Steamboat could accumulate a foot of snow in four days while Southern Rockies get buried

The mega-storm that is threatening the Southern Rockies this weekend is unlikely to bury Steamboat, according to snow forecasters, but the ski area could accumulate about a foot by the end of the day on Monday.

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City of Steamboat Springs set to review use of downtown motel as workforce housing

The Alpiner motel owners came to the city formally in October 2014 seeking to operate a portion of the property as a lodge. Approval of that use was conditioned on the rooms not being rented long term and required that fewer than 20 rooms be rented.

Lodging chairman says Steamboat resort will bustle into first week in April

January delivered mixed results among different property management companies and part of the fall-off was attributable to hesitant Front Range skiers who are very discerning about ski conditions.

County adds new full-time building inspector

The number of requests for building inspections has increased annually since 2011 when the total was 3,875 to 4,996 in 2014.

Steamboat Movement Fest promises to bring yoga tourism to Steamboat

The Steamboat Movement Fest will offer outdoor yoga classes along with vendor villages in Gondola Square and live music on the performance stage.

Proposed Ridge at Deer Mountain subdivision straddles urban growth boundary

A majority of the Planning Commission agreed that the five-acre lots called for in the Deer Mountain plan are preferable to the existing platted subdivision of 35-acre parcels.

Steamboat airline program officials making progress on switch from unreliable turbo-prop service to and from Denver

A search of United Airlines flights confirms that flights between YVRA and Denver June 18 will be on a 50-passenger Embraer RJ145 jet flown by Trans States. A search in mid-July still reflects service by Republic Airlines on the Q400.

Forest Service finalizing plans to tackle wildfire fuels reduction along Steamboat's wildland interface

In addition to wildfire fuels reduction, a major component of the U.S. Forest Service Steamboat Front plan involves cutting back mature mountain shrubs in a patchwork fashion to improve forage for deer and elk.

City of Steamboat, housing authority collaborate on water sewer project

Combining the city of Steamboat’s sewer interceptor project with water and sewer line replacement for the homes in the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park provides an economy of scale.

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A vital landmark in American skiing

“Howelsen Hill had sustainability, local energy, great athletes coming up...it’s awesome that it has been sustained for 100 years. It’s just magical the way that thing all came together.” –Walt Evans, first executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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Butterfly Barn relocation alternatives enter city planning process

Author Queeda Mantle Walker confirms in her local history book, “Last Ranch in Hell’s Canyon,” that her late brother, the legendary horse wrangler Pat Mantle, used the barn beginning in 1968 as the base of operations for Sombrero Stables.

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Howelsen Hill's 100th: A conversation with Crosby Perry-Smith

it is with pleasure that we present this video interview with Crosby Perry-Smith and invite you to read more about Howelsen Hill’s role in ski history in the Feb. 15 Steamboat Pilot and Today.

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Steamboat's Nancy Kramer becomes 27th woman chosen for Hazie Werner Award of Excellence

The Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program will be awarded the 2015 Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s $20,000 Snowball Community Grant Feb. 23 to continue the organization's work of providing a coordinated marketing arm for cultural and historic venues in 17 communities in the region.

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Steamboat Ski Area's 4.5 inches of fresh snow puts springlike conditions on hold for a day

Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth sees reason to hope the persistent ridge of high pressure could break down during the work week of Feb. 16-20

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Rabbit Ears Pass snowpack moisture, near average, is an outlier

Reservoirs in the Yampa/White River drainages are among the strongest in the state, averaging 112 percent after heavy rainfall in July, August and September.

Former Steamboat Springs City Council President Joe Brennan dies at 68 in Florida

Former Steamboat Springs City Council President Joe Brennan loved to entertain friends and strangers, and although he could be gruff at times, Brennan also told jokes for hours on end.

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Winter Carnival 2015: Howelsen Hill turns 100

In February 1914, Howelsen organized townsfolk to build a modest ski jump on Woodchuck Hill, where Colorado Mountain College stands today, and the first Winter Carnival was held with jumping competitions and cross country ski races.

County approves $2,000 to boost cultural, heritage tourism

The Northwest Colorado Cultural and Heritage Tourism Project serves as a marketing/promotional entity for historical museums, natural history events and organizations, historic buildings and in archaeological sites in 17 towns and five counties.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport needs new automated parking system to replace 'old unreliable'

Yampa Valley Regional Airport has staffed a payment booth during periods of high traffic to collect parking fees and also maintains a backup payment machine in the baggage claim area for times when the unreliable automated system is feeling cranky.

State Rep. Mitsch Bush talks to constituents in Steamboat Springs about health insurance costs

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, voted among the majority on the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on Thursday in a 7-6 vote to kill a bill that would have repealed Connect for Health.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority board in line for new members

Housing Authority candidate John St. Pierred experienced Summit County’s efforts to create affordable housing as a member of both the Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council, and the Summit County Planning and Zoning Commission.

County calls ‘cease fire’ at fair exhibit hall in Hayden

CSU 4-H Extension Agent Tami Thurston said Tuesday that 85 of the 300 current Routt County 4-H members are in shooting clubs, but the decision by the Fair Board won’t inconvenience them as 4-H shooting clubs are currently practicing in Steamboat anyway.

Routt County agrees in principle with Humane Society on new cost share for animal shelter

On average Routt County excluding the towns of Hayden and Oak Creek, is the source of 38 percent or 190 of the animals that come into the Steamboat S;rings Animal Shelter annually.

Bed and breakfast planned for historic ranch on the Yampa River just north of Hayden town limits

Ryan and Rachel Wattles would host as many as eight people at a time in the guest house and as many as 10 special events — like wedding and family reunions — per year. No amplified music will be allowed.

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Former Oak Creek Mayor Vi Shaffer persists in recovering medal awarded to her brother who went down with his ship

As much as the story of Oak Creek's Vi Shaffer is one of a young sailor who gave his life for his country, it’s a story of a plucky elderly woman who was unrelenting in her efforts to recover tangible evidence that her brother was honored as a hero.

Routt County Building Department studying possible cut in permit fees

With construction picking up, Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan may ask the Commissioners’ approval to offer full-time status to a building inspector who has previously been on seasonal employment status.

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41st Cowboy Downhill attracts a big crowd to base of Steamboat Ski Area

Miss Rodeo Virginia Kaitlyn Gill was in the field as 97 cowboys and cowgirls took on the dual slalom at Steamboat, which requires them to rope a tall cowgirl in a duster and sling a saddle on a nervous horse before they sprint across the finish line to glory.

Airline board recommends boosting Houston summer flight to daily schedule

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. official said that 20 of 48 scheduled flight segments on United Express to and from Denver during the six-day period between Christmas and New Year's were canceled, and 10 more were more than two hours late.

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Google Street View rows viewers down virtual Yampa Canyon whitewater adventure

The new virtual whitewater float comes at a time when the future of the Yampa and the canyon it flows through in Dinosaur National Monument are growing topics of discussion.

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Flat Tops Ranch Supply is catering to the agricultural community in a Steamboat alley

Flat Tops Ranch Supply in Steamboat is behind Circle 7 Gallery at 1009 LIncoln Avenue, and just a few steps away from Steamboat Meat and Seafood.