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Steamboat hasn't seen measurable rainfall since June 28

The last measurable precipitation here was the .27 inches that was recorded the morning of June 28.

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Routt County groups putting out signage to remind cyclists to ride single file

People traveling a handful of Routt County Roads this summer could find themselves momentarily fooled into thinking Burma Shave Signs are making a comeback.

Routt County ponies up for a new snowplow truck at $126,000

Routt County Purchasing Agent Marti Hamilton received four bids for less expensive trucks, but they did not offer the specified 15 liter engine.

Historic North Routt guest ranch seeks to build lodge, boost number of group events

The owners of the Elk River Guest Ranch on Seedhouse Road are seeking Routt County's permission to build a new lodge including an event space, and cabins, that would result in a net addition of 4,688 square feet of building space.

City staff expects to have downtown urban renewal plan ready for council vote this year

The expectation is that the public improvements would convey a confidence in Steamboat’s core shopping, restaurant and entertainment district, triggering more private investment.

Tom Ross: Locks were meant to keep bears out of dumpsters, not keep them in

In the past, we’ve had a large bear actually bend the steel supports in the dumpster lid, so I have great respect for their physical strength.

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Southeast Kansas team drives off into the night with $4,000 Ranch Rodeo prize

The challenge immediately in front of the Lone Pine cowboys was the wild cow-milking contest. And Jess Coirier’s job, as the anchor man, was to get a firm grip on the tail of 1,500 pounds of truly irritated cow.

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Steamboat's commercial tubing operators close to launching the fleet Friday or Saturday

One of the dangers of the Fourth of July tubers might not have anticipated is how cold the river is - 57 degrees - and how quickly that can put a swimmer in jeopardy.

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Legal fireworks and campfires are good to go for Routt County's Independence Day weekend

Lynn Barclay, of the Northwest Fire Management Unit in Craig, issued a cautionary note Tuesday afternoon that fuel conditions in our part of the state are changing for the worse.

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Outgoing Chamber exec saved 4th of July with a 'little help from his friends'

Kern also took an active role in restoring and broadening summer airline service here. And recently, played a leadership role in acquiring a new piece of telecommunications infrastructure that some say has the potential to give Steamboat more bandwidth at a lower cost.

Sole candidate to run Routt County Regional Building Department turns job down

Routt County Commission Chairman Tim Corrigan remained optimistic Monday that a strong candidate to run the building department will still be identified — one who will take the job.

Trout Creek dam moving through federal process

The newest study deems it likely that trout and other species of fish travel up Trout Creek from the Yampa River to spawn.

June precip is less than one-third of average in Steamboat Springs, but relief is in the forecast

The official weather observer for Steamboat Springs reports just a half-inch of rain in June compared to the average for the entire month of 1.77 inches.

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Doak Walker exec Lee Dickey plans to practice what she preached for 24 years in Steamboat

During almost a quarter of a century in elder care in Steamboat Springs, Lee Dickey had much opportunity to reflect on the aging process in modern American culture and the expectations society places on the elderly.

McConnell sweeps past Moloney in Republican state House primary with 60 percent of vote in Routt, Eagle counties

McConnell said Tuesday night he looks forward to debating state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush on gun control issues and educational standards initiatives like Common Core.

Routt County manager expects to hear this week if he's landed a new building department chief

Routt County Commission chairman Tim Corrigan agreed that County Manager Tom Sullivan had identified a strong candidate for the job that became vacant March 5, when former longtime building department official Carl Dunham retired.

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Saddleback Ranch achieves happy blend of yearling steers, tourism and 1,000 hungry goats

Upon arriving at Saddleback Ranch west of Steamboat Springs, it’s difficult to overlook the large herds of little white and brown animals dotting the hillsides. They are goats, hard at work on consuming noxious weeds.

Routt County Clerk's and Recorder's Office open to voters Saturday

Thanks to a new state law, voters from outside Steamboat Springs may drop off completed primary ballots through the end of the business day Tuesday at the Oak Creek, Yampa and Hayden town halls as well as at the Clark Store in North Routt.

Northwest Colorado citizens groups track oil, gas ballot initiatives

Two ballot initiatives that would seek a pair of constitutional amendments in the November election have been cleared for signature gathering by the Colorado Supreme Court. One, Initiative 88, would would dramatically increase the distance wells must be set back from homes, from the current 500 feet to 2,000 feet.

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Historic log writing cabin of famous Steamboat author John Rolfe Burroughs advertised at $7,500

It was Bob Schneider and his wife, Jean, who rode in on a white horse in the summer of 2010 to save John Rolfe Burroughs' writing cabin, known as the Dog House.

Tree Haus residents no longer need to boil drinking water

The precautionary advisory to boil drinking water was issued May 30 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment as the Yampa River flowed over its banks and inundated the Tree Haus water system.

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New Routt County permit allows Elkstone Farms to contemplate agri-tourism

Commissioner Doug Monger credited Elkstone Farms owner Terri Huffington with providing substantial assistance to county officials in drafting the new regulations permitting ag tourism.

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Steamboat’s Art Judson honored by National Weather Service

Meteorologist in Charge Ben Moyer said Art Judson is known among his staff for his willingness to call in a report of a notable weather phenomenon at all hours of the night.

Abundant water in Northwest Colorado rivers belies conditions in lakes Powell and Mead

“Currently Lake Mead and Lake Powell are 42 percent full. Does that make us nervous? Yeah that makes us very nervous.” — Eric Kuhn, general manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District.

Yampa River should see above average total flows through July

Streamflow forecasters say the total volume of flows in the Yampa in Steamboat Springs in June and July will be 118 percent of average, and maybe more if precipitation is abundant.

Routt County approves Southwestern Energy's new well north of Hayden

Southwestern vice president for the Sand Wash Basin project Doug Van Slambrouck told the Routt County Planning Commission that his company is contemplating a projected 15 additional wells in 2015.

Routt County Commissioner Steve Ivancie: 'This ends up being a very expensive lesson'

Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan said he wanted to hear more about the newspaper’s motives in filing for the autopsy report to be unsealed under the Colorado Open Records Act.

Routt County commissioners consider paying newspaper's $10,000 legal bill

D.A. tells Routt County commissioners he doesn't think an appeal to judge over newspaper's $10,000-plus legal fees would be successful.

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World spins in unanticipated ways for Colombian girl, teen mentor

Sofia Rodriguez could not have imagined that in 2014, as a high school junior, it would become her life’s ambition to be a physicist. Nor could Sarah MacCarthy, a graduate of the University of Utah, have foretold that her career focus would center on her fluency in Spanish.

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26th Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup arrives on the 50th birthday of the American pony car

What Bruce Karlberg failed to realize is, love isn’t always on time. Now, with the 26th annual Mustang Roundup about to begin in Steamboat Springs with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Mustang, he knows what it means to “stand by your car.”

Foundation for Water Education leads tour in Routt and Moffat counties this month

The timing of the host for the 2014 Yampa River Basin Tour, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, could not have been better.

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Weather Service issues flood warning for the lower Elk River west of Steamboat Springs

"Snowpack above the Elk River remains high, and with the warm temperatures expected to continue, flooding concerns will remain elevated.” — Flood warning from the National Weather Service

Rising Yampa River mixes with domestic water raising doubts about drinkability in Steamboat suburb of Tree Haus

Tree Haus resident Greg Forney said he was told to expect that it would be about a week before the boil warning is lifted, and expressed full confidence in metro board.

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Floaters warned of tight fit between bridges and Yampa River current

The Yampa River in Steamboat Springs has risen to the point that there is no room for an upright kayaker to float beneath the railroad bridge adjacent to the Iron Horse property

Task force introduces report on the health of the upper Yampa watershed

The Watershed Group is likely to ask, “What are our more vulnerable areas if wildland fire impacts our water resources?”

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Elk River is bank-full west of Steamboat Springs and may be headed for flood stage

The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, updated its projected streamflows for the Elk River Tuesday morning and reported that the Elk shot beyond bank-full over the holiday weekend and could nudge flood stage overnight Wednesday.

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Steamboat man regains 'Concentration,' invests in industrial glue

A resident of Old Town Steamboat was surprised but grateful this week to receive a phone message from a food server in a downtown restaurant informing him that he could come pick up his classic Steamboat Ski Area trail sign.

Locovores asked to 'Grow a Row' of produce for LIFT-UP food bank in Steamboat Springs

There’s a new initiative to send more vegetables to LIFT-UP of Routt County. It’s taking root within the greater movement to encourage locally grown food in Northwest Colorado, and it’s called “Grow a Row.”

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Tom Ross: Tom Barr’s Chevy pickup causes ‘sticker shock’ in Steamboat parking lots

Steamboat painting contractor Tom Barr is running out of room for new stickers on his 1994 Silverado truck.

Routt County voters have until Friday to switch affiliation and get in on the action

Ballots for the June 24 primary election will be mailed out to all eligible voters in Routt County on June 2.

Southwestern Energy era begins in Routt County oil exploration

Shell announced in August 2013 it would be divesting itself of its leases in the Niobrara shale of Northwest Colorado to pursue opportunities elsewhere, and Southwestern Energy acquired those leases in March for $180 million.

Snow melts at Steamboat Lake State Park in time for Memorial Day weekend

Steamboat Lake State Park still had 30 of 182 camping spaces available Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day Weekend as of 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Steamboat ski season flight program seeks new destination cities, focuses seats on peak demand days

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. talking to airlines about service from new hub cities beginning in the 2014-15 ski season, as well as talking to new airline.

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Steamboat developer hopes to convert steak house space to apartments

The Old West proposal would create both a five-bedroom apartment on ground level at 111 Eleventh St. and a second, three-plus bedroom apartment on the second floor above it.

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Haslem's life in Colorado devoted to public service, with a touch of BS

Sam Haslem's business card reads simply: “My Card. I am somewhat of a (BS’er) myself, but occasionally I like to listen to a PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE CARRY ON!”

Snowpack hanging tough in the mountains

Could the Yampa River flood parking lots along U.S. Highway 40 this spring when runoff begins in earnest, like it did in 2011? That likelihood is rated at a 10% chance.

Clearing a path to utilizing renewable energy from water on a small scale

In the Yampa Valley, the board of the Lake Catamount Metropolitan District has investigated the potential of adding a hydro-power plant to the Lake Catamount Dam.

Report looks at health of Upper Yampa Watershed

The Upper Yampa Watershed, as described in the report, drains 1,800 square miles, beginning with its headwaters and continuing to its confluence with Elkhead Creek near the county line.

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Mother's Day storm blows away any picnic plans

The wind was strong enough at 10:30 a.m. Sunday to bring down a pair of mature aspens that fell, one on each side, of a duplex on Fish Creek Falls Road.

Tom Ross: Mobile phone leads to app-rehension of suspected laptop thief

Steamboat Springs resident Barb Shipley found out this winter that Find My iPhone can also be a big help in catching a laptop computer thief.