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Tom Ross

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Routt County real estate market up 4.2 percent to $441.5 million as of September

Real estate market reflects a shortage of homes priced in 'sweet spot' from $1 -$1.3 million prized by location neutral workers relocating to Steamboat.

Rare copies of Three Wire Winter Steamboat history magazine find new digital history

The digitization of the Three Wire Winter magazine will preserve the recorded voices of mid-Twentieth Century Routt County pioneers.

D Bar K tells county it plans to boost non-profit STARS while expanding storage units

STARS inline to use 'active' open space at storage expansion

D Bar K proposes 270 additional storage units south of Steamboat Springs city limits

Routt County Planning Commission: Master plan precludes nightly rentals outside commercial zones

A large majority of the members of the Routt County Planning Commission agreed that the current master plan allows for short-term rentals, but only in a handful of existing commercial zone districts.

Sales tax growth, new construction, low oil prices strengthen Routt County's 2016 budget

County budget tops $52 million

Personnel expenses for Routt County employees working in governmental activities jobs increased 8 percent over 2015 by $1.455 million to $20.32 million.

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Talking Green speakers weigh financial benefits of solar panels

Sam Jones, of All Season Financial Advisors, told an audience of 63 people at Moots Cycles Tuesday evening his investment in solar energy really began to pay off at his home in rural Steamboat when his wife purchased a hybrid, plug-in car.

Speakers weigh the financial side of photo voltaic cells

Sam Jones of told an audience of 63 people at Moots Cycles on Steamboat’s west side Tuesday night that his investment in solar energy really began to pay off at his home in rural Steamboat when his wife purchased a hybrid plug-in car.

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Building permits in Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs move to the Web

Once a building permit application has been uploaded, design professionals or contractors may check on its progress, receive e-mail notification of approval, schedule inspections and view the results of those inspections.

City of Steamboat, Routt County explore funding law enforcement building with sales tax

A possible tax levy of .5 percent, for example, is estimated to have the ability to raise more than $20 million over an eight-year period to back bonded indebtedness on a shared law enforcement construction project.

More snow in forecast for Steamboat before Nov. 25 ski area opening

The ski area’s snowmaking crews were busy Friday morning with valley temperatures as low as 12 degrees, and meteorologists who focus on the ski resorts say there could be more natural snowfall on the way next week.

Signs of progress seen in rebuilding Ski Time Square

Developers of a proposed 13-unit, Viceroy condominium project report pre-sales, hope to break ground near the base of Steamboat Ski Area in 2016.

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Twin Enviro Services plans to take on greater role in recycling in Steamboat and Northwest Colorado

Twin Enviro Services founder Les Liman said concrete footers for the new recycling facility were poured ahead of this week’s snowstorm, raising the possibility that it will be making test runs by late March.

U.S. Rural Development official visits Mountain Pine Manufacturing in Steamboat

Sam Rikkers, a high-ranking official with the USDA rural development office in Washington, D.C., came to Steamboat Springs to visit Mountain Pine Manufacturing, a company that converts beetle kill pine trees into mulch for industry.

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission set to choose new leadership after Nov. 3 City Council election

When newly elected Steamboat Springs City Council member Jason Lacy and Kathi Meyer won their election races Nov 3, the city’s planning commission lost its chairman (Lacy) and vice chairman (Meyer) overnight.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport plots a course toward profitable restaurants

Making 3 Wire Bar & Grill profitable: Airline passengers more inclined to sit down for lunch once they clear TSA security

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. veteran Katie Brown succeeds Rob Perlman as VP of sales, marketing

In her new role at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Katie Brown will oversee marketing and sales aspects for the resort including domestic and international sales, marketing, public relations, air and digital for the resort and Steamboat Grand.

Cold northwest flow could bring a wave of modest snowfall to Park Range and Steamboat

Steamboat meteorologist expects 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday evening at Steamboat Ski Area and maybe an inch or two in town.

Phippsburg home floods, crews find shut-off valve under concrete pad

The first crew to respond to the scene could not find the exterior shut-off valve in the yard of the home and had no choice but to shut off the water main.

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Steamboat compares creative notes with Lakewood

One of the westernmost of Denver’s suburbs, Lakewood is several steps ahead of Steamboat Springs in its ambition to become officially recognized as a creative district by the state of Colorado.

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Best Car Salesperson: Stacey Rogers, Cook Chevrolet & Subaru

“It wouldn’t fly now but I remember years ago Sam Taylor and I took a side of beef as part of the trade-in on a new truck.” Stacey Rogers

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Best Bike Mechanic: Dusty Henning

"We put our names on every bike we work on and I pride myself in not having the bikes I work on come back. The performance in our shop reflects our leadership.” – Dusty Henning Best of the Boat bike mechanic

Routt County voters taking their time casting ballots in 2015 election

Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner reported at mid-afternoon Thursday that her office had received 3,600 completed ballots for the Nov. 3 election, representing about 23 percent of the total mailed out.

CSU ecologist likes steak, calls out cattle, tracks greenhouse gasses in the food cycle

Steamboat area rancher Jo Stanko came to the defense of cattle: 'They convert grass into food.'

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New home projects in the city this fall top $1 million

The Routt County Regional Building Department issued a noteworthy permit for a home in Silver Spur Estates, comprising working households, for a home on Silver Spur Street with a permit valuation of $861,000.

Delayed election ballots are in the hands of North Routt voters

Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner says she received a call from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Friday to confirm that delayed Precinct 1 election ballots made it to Clark Post Office.

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Local couple rekindles acquaintance with people of Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Even in September, the children of Saas-Fee, Switzerland, grab a pair of skis after school board a tram and then a subway that delivers them to the top of a glacier where they train to become World Cup racers.

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Free-roaming horses symbolize centuries of the untamed history of the American West

The hard reality may be that growing wild horse populations have the capacity to eat themselves into starvation while irreversibly damaging the range.

Spanish horses change plains Indian culture forever

It’s widely known in the West that ranchers and cowboys would sometimes choose a stallion from their own herds that they thought could elevate the breeding of a band of wild mares.

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Keeping pedestrians in ski boots safe at Village Drive and Après Ski Way in Steamboat Springs

Tricky intersection due for upgrades

The city of Steamboat Springs has placed concrete safety barriers and added crosswalks at the intersection of Après Ski Way and Village Drive near the Snowflower and Dulany condominium projects at the base of the ski area.

Human error in county clerk's office delays election ballots for North Routt's Precinct 1

Steamboat Springs postmaster Debbie Staffieri confirmed Wednesday that her staff will make certain that, once received, the ballots will go directly to the post office in Clark.

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1927 movie theater had a stage, orchestra pit and player piano

In 1929 the historic Chief Theater introduced Steamboat audiences to their first "talkie" — a full-sound featured called 'The Idle Rich.'

October has been unusually mild in the Rocky Mountains of the Intermountain West

While high temperatures on Storm Peak are forecast by the National Weather Service to reach only into the mid- to high-40s, overnight lows aren’t expected to dip below freezing.

United Airlines accelerates plans to change express carrier in Denver; affects Yampa Valley airport

United Airlines has moved up the date when it will cease using Republic at its major hubs to sometime in March, resulting in uncertainty about airline service between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver late in the coming ski season.

Routt County voters invited to track their mail ballots with automated messaging

Voters in the Nov. 3 election have a new option to automatically keep tabs on the status of their own ballots this year with the Ballot Trail service, offered by the Routt County Clerk's office.

New building projects downtown and at the mountain enter city of Steamboat planning process

608 Yampa Street would be built at the corner of Sixth Street with the new Workman Park on the Yampa River across the street and Alpenglow townhomes immediately across the alley to the north.

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United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs has plans to double size of building

Plans for a 5,600-square-foot addition that would double the size United Methodist Church will go to the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission in November.

Routt County Commissioners hand off puzzle of nightly rentals to planning board

Routt County Commissioners Tim Corrigan and Cari Hermacinski have differing views on allowing nightly rentals in rural areas

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Kathy Cline receives Historic Leadership Award for ability to 'make projects happen'

Historic Routt County Board President Bridget Roth foresees an increasing role for her organization as a project leader for the adaptive re-use of historic buildings.

Peabody Energy hopes to delay permit for Trout Creek Reservoir in Routt County, in bid to conserve cash

Worldwide demand for coal continues to drop and the proposed delay of Trout Creek Reservoir permitting fits in with remarks about the company’s fiscal strategy made by a Peabody spokesman this week.

County commissioners urge housing authority to consult Hayden and Oak Creek

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger sees a need for Routt County to grow as a whole, rather than concentrating residential growth only in Steamboat, in order to promote more resilient communities.

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Former Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison dies at 73

Former Routt County Commissioner Dan Ellison, who died Oct. 3, helped to advance the county’s Land Preservation Subdivision ordinance which incentivizes developers to cluster homes within rural subdivisions, leaving hay meadows intact.

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Steamboat Ski Area renews ties with former Japanese owner; offers lift tickets at Rusutsu to pass holders

Skiers may recall the day in 1992, when Kimihito Kamori, principle of Rusutsu Resort, and leader of Kamori Kanko Ltd., presided over the grand opening of the Storm Peak Express chairlift in Steamboat.

Forest Service plans more dead lodgepole harvest in North Routt County

Most of Routt County is oblivious to the heavy logging trucks that carry the logs out of the forest because it’s all headed north to a sawmill in Saratoga, Wyoming.

Routt County retains specialized architect to lead conceptual design of shared police, sheriff's building

The commissioners are taking on the contract in order to make progress this year and with the expectation they will be able to work out a cost-sharing agreement with the city at a later time.

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With passing of longtime former barber Ken Shovick in Grand Junction, Steamboat loses a genuine character

Family Barber Ken Shovick's great redeeming quality was that he loved to be insulted as much as he loved mercilessly teasing his customers.

Routt County investigates update of regulations designed to protect streams and ponds from development

The question is whether Routt County's waterbody setback regulations as drafted accomplish clean water without unduly hindering development.

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Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf retires after 38 years

Retiring Routt County Environmental Health Director Zopf was 24 years old in 1977 when he spied a job opening in Steamboat that became his life's work.

Jon Casson moves up in U.S. snowboarding/skiing, tutoring coaches

The United States Ski and Snowboard Association named former Steamboat snowboard coach Jon Casson it's new coach development manager, development programs for coaches nationwide in all snow sports

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New commercial building underway on west side of Steamboat Springs

Developer Stacey Bumgarner said the new building, which broke ground on Steamboat's west side, could be the first of several more to be developed completing the West End Plaza office park.

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Seventh Street home in Steamboat Springs added to historic register

While most of the country was still feeling the effects of the lingering economic depression, 1939 was a banner year for local builders. Construction began on the Hotel Harbor in 1939.