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.
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.
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.
Airport generates 488 winter jobs
The combined workforce at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season approaches 500.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Returned ballots are processed, but not yet counted, by bipartisan election judges in secure rooms under video surveillance.
Citing a confidentiality agreement, Routt Treasurer Brita Horn declined to reveal the status of interest due on overdue Peabody property taxes.
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.
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.
Corrigan picks up fundraising pace; Dapper still out-spending him two to one.
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.
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."
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.
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.
How big is too big? (When it comes to marijuana growing facilities in unincorporated Routt County)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
Audience members can feel free to sing along and call out requests when Cowboy Brad Fitch brings the music of John Denver to Steamboat.
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.
A Q. and A. with Steamboat Springs author Eugene Buchanan about his fourth book, "Comrades on the Colca."
Historic ski area's finances point downhill
The city of Steamboat Springs is testing the interest of third-party ski area operators for putting Howelsen Hill on better financial footing.
Routt County employees who work behind the scenes were praised for exemplifying 'core values.'
After a long summer of battling wildfire from the Wyoming border south to Lynx Pass, the U.S. Forest Servce is tentatively planning this month to fight fire with fire in a heavily visited area of the forest along the upper Elk River.
“The most important process we need to face in the next 12 to 15 months is community engagement.” – Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter
The Marxuachs' bigger goal is to acquire approximately 35 acres in La Tigra, Costa Rica, where they hope to engage in an “agri-forestry” project by planting cacao trees, which are very efficient at sequestering carbon dioxide.
Candidates differ over public land issues
The candidates for Colorado House District 26, Republican Michael Cacioppo and Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, differed significantly over management of federal lands in the region as they faced one another during an Oct. 4 candidates forum.
Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn and her attorney met with Peabody Energy officials in Denver to confer on overdue taxes.
Seat belts on buses survive city of Steamboat's 2017 budget cuts
In the wake of a May bus accident, Steamboat Springs City Council has allocated $120,000 in its 2017 budget to install seat belts in buses that run between Craig and Steamboat.
A corkscrew climb and a downhill pitch called the elevator shift on Howelsen Hill's east side can be too much for intermediate Nordic skiers to handle.
Steamboat Springs Parks & Rec group would forgive tax on food for 12.5 mills of property tax, $3 million in new taxes
Parks plan to swap new property tax for food tax
The members of the alternative funding group don’t presume that City Council will embrace their proposed distribution of funds that could result from a new 12.5 property tax to support parks and recreation.
Hayden power plant owner challenges state's property tax valuation
Routt County Assessor: $10.5 million in assessed valuation at risk in Salt River Project's challenge to state's property tax appraisal of of its assets at Hayden Generating Station
One Book Steamboat author Wallace Stegner is widely recognized as one of the mid Twentieth Century’s most influential writers about the American West.
The wealth of habitat and diversity of species found close to Steamboat Springs have already made an impression on Kris MIddledorf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s new area manager.
'Loss of power plants would be felt in Steamboat'
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner cautions that if regulatory constraints on coal-fired power plants in Northwest Colorado lead to further curtailed production, or cause them to close, Steamboat Springs will feel the impact.
As much as he values a second K9 unit, Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said his highest priorities are adding a new patrol deputy and a new criminal investigator to his staff.
The owners of La Joya Dulce are seeking a county permit to establish a new wedding venue on what was once part of Three Diamond Ranch on Elk River Road.