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Airline board readying to take general sales tax back to voters in Steamboat Springs

Airline sales tax up for renewal by voters

The city of Steamboat Springs' 0.25 percent general sales tax was originally passed by a 61 to 39 percent margin in 2011 for a period of five years and will be up for renewal by the voters in November.

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Steamboat officials approve contract for summer air service from Dallas on American

Dallas could replace summer Houston flight

Air service board votes to authorize Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. officials to finalize a contract proposed by American Airlines for direct daily summer flights from Dallas to Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

January snowfall at Steamboat Ski Area playing catch-up with December's 101 inches

Snow accumulation could reach double digits

December 2015 totaled a robust 101 inches of snowfall at mid-mountain at Steamboat Ski Area, including a run of 31.5 inches Dec. 15-17.

Above-average snowpack in Northwest Colorado, in spite of El Nino concerns

The snowpack in the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs are at 103 percent of median, the lowest in the state. But at least it’s in plus territory during an El Niño year.

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Large avalanche slides down steep, rocky slope on Buffalo Pass northeast of Steamboat

No one caught in big Buffalo Pass slide

No one was caught in Monday's avalanche on Buffalo Pass, although the slope was skied that day by Steamboat Powdercats guides assessing its stability.

Yampa River State Park west of Hayden has plans to replace a decrepit boat ramp

Double Bridges river access to remain a picnic spot

A new boat ramp at Yampa River State Park headquarters west of Hayden would replace a rough put-in that has become dysfunctional throughout the years.

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The crowd waiting in line in Steamboat's Gondola Square Friday wasn't carrying skis

Texas musicians warm up cold day in the 'Boat

Cody Quillin, of Fort Worth, said the opportunity to see a couple of living Texas music legends, Joe Ely and Johnny Bush, made his week during the 31st Steamboat MusicFest.

Routt County officials work toward settling dispute over online payment of building permit fees

Treasurer says she's an advocate of tech despite PayPal stance

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn said if she is reassured that using PayPal to collect building fees doesn’t conflict with state law and public monies will be protected, it’s possible that she would relent on its use for credit card processing.

Taking the long way from Denver to San Diego via Madison, Wisconsin

Canadian family smiles through 'bargain' flight

It was just minutes after I settled into a seat at my gate in the B Concourse at Denver International that I realized I was in the midst of a family from Canada caught up in their own John Candy moment.

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Heavy snowfall ruled out but frequent precipitation could periodically freshen slopes

Steamboat due for series of light snowfalls

There could be 12-hour periods when no snow falls, but other times when some late afternoon snow carries into a snowy night, producing a powder day in the Priest Creek aspen glades.

New fiber optic cable counted on to usher in new era in connectivity for local institutions

Routt County lands $748,000 broadband grant to build on Northwest Broadband's accomplishments with nine miles of fiber optic cable for schools, hospital, law enforcement and more.

Routt County Commissioners feel limited by 2003 master plan

Commissioner Doug Monger said a rural Routt County resident on a large acreage who bases a small construction business with a large truck and a backhoe at his residence, for example, is in conflict with the county master plan.

Celebrating Christmas in a North Routt gold camp in 1877

"Uncle Bill" Leahy and his party snowshoed to a remote ranch on Snake River to party through the night on Christmas 1877

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Steamboat on track for 100-inch December

Snow keeps on coming; 44 inches on Storm Peak in 7 days

Steamboat Ski Area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten reported Storm Peak Summit has seen 44 inches of snowfall in seven days

Undersheriff releases documents related to Routt treasurer's beef over online payments of building fees

Routt treasurer sought advice from attorney general

Routt County officials say County Treasurer Brita Horn knew as early as March 2015 that the county needed to use PayPal

D.A. says Routt County commissioners did no wrong in setting up PayPal account

The District Attorney refutes Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn's allegation of criminal wrongdoing on the part of the Routt County Board of County Commissioners over PayPal account for online payment of building permit fees.

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Still pressing glass after all these years, powder or not

This pack of aging powder dogs wastes no time at the top of the lift discussing where to ski next, and they swoop down the hill like a flock of startled birds.

Planning Commission 'blesses' United Methodist's building plan

United Methodist hopes to demolish an old parsonage no longer used for that purpose in order to create a new $2.5 million Spiritual Life Center that will allow the church to host more diverse, often non-religious public meetings.

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Steamboat Fire Rescue teaches the basics of CPR to 25 people

Twenty-five people turned out at the Steamboat Springs Community Center amid the holiday rush to learn the basics of administering cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

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Ambulance kayak hole on Yampa River in Steamboat gets a major facelift

The city of Steamboat Springs and the nonprofit Friends of the Yampa collaborated this month on the reconstruction of the Ambulance Hole on the Yampa, just downstream from the footbridge that leads to Howelsen Hill.

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Four decades at Steamboat Ski Area and still loving their jobs

When Nancy Gray came to work at Mount Werner as a ski instructor, it was 1972 and Steamboat Ski Area was building its brand as a ski resort in a friendly Western town. Naturally, ski instructors were required to wear felt cowboy hats.

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Routt County pulls out of plans for shared law enforcement facility with city of Steamboat

Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan called the decision to pull back on plans for a shared law enforcement facility with the city of Steamboat Springs a timeout to give both governments time to re-think how best to move forward.

Distressed properties aren't the factor they once were in Routt County real estate market

The number of foreclosures begun in Routt County have been in steep decline, down from 306 in 2011 to 35 year-to-date in 2015.

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Routt County hires coal mine veteran as its new environmental health director

Scott Cowman said his work at Twentymile Coal Company, dealing with air- and water-quality compliance issues, prepared him for his new role as Routt County's environmental health director.

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Yampa Valley Electric plans to sell local hydropower to its largest customers

Yampa Valley Electric Association will purchase and re-sell to largest customers, the local renewable hydropower from dam at Stagecoach Reservoir operated Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District .

Euzoa Bible Church frees parents up for a Saturday afternoon during the holidays

Parents already beginning to feel the stress of the December holidays are invited by the congregation of Euzoa Bible Church to give themselves a break from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12.

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Steamboat boosts available ski terrain to more than 700 acres for the weekend

Steamboat skiers and snowboarders will enjoy access to additional trails in Priest Creek beginning Friday including High Noon, One O’Clock, Two O’Clock and Twilight as far down as Duster.

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Does Sage Creek mine have a future?

Peabody Sage Creek mine has a date with Routt County for renewal of coal hauling permit

Recent communication from Peabody with Routt County officials over renewal of a permit at Sage Creek, signals the company and its new owners want to ensure the opportunity to mine coal here for as long as 20 to 30 years in the future.

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Broncos' 1984 Snow Bowl win made the phones ring at Steamboat Central Reservations

Snowy gridirons — ski resorts' delight

The 1984 Snow Bowl called for snowshoes instead of football cleats but made such an impression on the national television audience that it boosted numbers for the 1984-85 ski season at resorts across the Colorado Rockies.

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Stealth storm delivers fresh powder day to Steamboat's holiday skiers

In terms of the entire ski season, four inches of powder isn’t a big thing. But in terms of transforming a Thanksgiving holiday ski experience, it means a lot.

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