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Appeal of approved zip line permit goes to Routt County commissioners

The zip line, approved by Planning Commission Sept. 4, would begin on the upper portion of a 71-acre parcel of land off U.S. Highway 40 where it ascends the lower portion of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Snow above 9,000 feet in Steamboat's forecast for late Sunday and early Monday

A line of rain and snow will move through Colorado from Aspen to Steamboat on Sunday night into early Monday morning, but the first week of November likely will be mild and dry.

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Best of the Boat: Cafe Diva wins best dessert

Chef Kate Rench, of Cafe Diva, reels in her customers with a dessert menu studded with confections that evoke country home cooking. Then she dazzles them with an exotic twist on those old favorites like, for instance, a summery fresh peach cake.

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Best of the Boat: Boys & Girls Club wins best kids program

Whether it’s for an hour after school or a full day during summer vacation, youngsters are welcome at the Boys and Girls Club at remarkably low rates.

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Best of the Boat: Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch wins best horseback riding

If Steamboat Springs is America’s authentic cowboy ski town, Ray Heid, with one foot in a cowboy boot and the other buckled into his Telemark ski boot, personifies that spirit. And visitors tap into it.

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Best of the Boat: MountainBrew wins best coffee shop

The sign in front of Mountain Brew signals that it’s a coffee shop, but really it’s a restaurant that feels like home.

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Tom Ross: Experiencing a Clark Griswold moment in the Paris Metro

I squeezed my satchel through the narrow opening in the subway turnstile, but before I could pull my suitcase along with me, the gate swung shut. I had a grip on the handle, but my luggage was stranded on the other side of the barrier.

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Tread of Pioneers hands out Leckenby, Larson awards

Pleasant Valley rancher Bill Gay, the son of pioneers, was presented with the 2014 Leckenby Award and the family of the late Jan Prouty Vail accepted the Larson Award on her behalf.

Local political volunteers know who has voted and who is waiting to cast a ballot

Political volunteers might want to set down their phones just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when the Denver Broncos take to Sports Authority Field to take on the rival San Diego Chargers.

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Web marketplace lowers threshold for selling locally produced food products

The Community Agriculture Alliance has picked up where a group of committed volunteers with the Yampa Valley Co-op left off, this time with a Web-based ordering and delivery solution for locally produced food.

Election Guide 2014: Udall, Gardner face off; Libertarian hails from Steamboat

Mark Udall, Cory Gardner and Gaylon Kent are running for the United States Senate seat.

Election Guide 2014: Tight race develops for Colorado governor

Bob Beauprez and Jill Repella are running against John Hickenlooper and Joe Garcia for the offices of Colorado governor and lieutenant governor.

Steamboat's Après Ski Way pedestrians take on traffic in wintry mix

Realigning the intersection of Village Drive and Après Ski Way to make it safer has been on the list of public infrastructure improvements needed at the ski base for more a decade.

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Winter makes appearance above 10,000 feet on Steamboat Ski Area

Snow was falling, but not sticking, in downtown Steamboat midday Wednesday, and the National Weather Service in Grand Junction was calling for 3 to 5 inches of snow to accumulate Wednesday afternoon.

Navigator Awards chart a course to new venue at Strings Pavilion

The Navigator Awards present an opportunity to celebrate the best business practices of successful entrepreneurs in the community.

Routt County ready for Colorado's 1st partisan mail ballot election

Voters who complete mail ballots may choose to drop them off in a secure, outdoor box located under the elevated walkway linking the old Routt County Courthouse with the annex.

5 years of declining passengers numbers zap airport revenues

The open position of assistant airport manager at YVRA will not be filled this year and operations of Three Wire restaurant in the terminal, expected to lose $358,000 this year, will be cut back significantly outside of ski season.

Remote buildings eligible for building permits after the fact

Routt County commissioners gave a Craig man until Aug. 1 to apply for building permits, and he engaged an engineer and draftsman in order to comply.

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Routt County approves new conservation easement on Deep Creek

Deep Creek Meadows Ranch has been in agricultural production since the 1930s. Fred and Flora Wolf have owned and operated the ranch with productive irrigated hay meadows for 30 years.

Routt County commissioners hesitant to place time constraints on camping on private land

“What problem are we trying to solve? How many complaints over 10 years have there been about camping? I do think there would be a little less enjoyment of peoples’ private property.” – Tony Connell

Routt County commissioners ponder limiting length of stay for camping on private land

Tuesday’s discussion could center around the question of whether or not dwelling in nontraditional living quarters like yurts and converted buses over extended periods of time still constitutes permissible camping.

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U.S. 40 paving project reaches east side of Steamboat, remains on schedule

Although the project has been underway for seven weeks, motorists still are adjusting to signage posted by the contractor asking motorists to remain in two lanes until they reach the designated narrowing point, where they are asked to alternate.

More than 3,700 abandoned Routt County tires will fuel El Paso County cement plant

Funding of $17,000 from the Colorado Waste Tire Program is available to cleanup nearly 4,000 tires from four sites in Routt County including one in Oak Creek Canyon where an estimated 3,000 tires are being stored.

Eight-lot residential subdivison proposed in Stagecoach

County planner says removing the dated high-density zoning from the Young’s Creek Preserve parcel would be a benefit if the project subdivision goes forward.

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Legislators listen to local water advocates

"What it comes down to, is that local communities want to be treated with dignity and respect if water from their basins is moved out and they no longer have that water for their own uses." — Jeff Devere, Rangely resident

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Routt County commissioners hesitate to invest public monies in community solar garden

Commissioners Steve Ivancie and Doug Monger were uncomfortable investing public dollars given CEC’s unwillingness to share with them financial details involved in building the solar garden.

Pennsylvanian to take reins of Routt County Regional Building Department

New building department chief Ben Grush said Monday he takes special pride in two college buildings where he did inspections, including a $25 million convocation center with a basketball arena.

Parks and Rec's John Overstreet reorganizing staff under lands and enterprise directors

Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department Director John Overstreet thinks his department can bring in more revenues while attracting more people — both residents and visitors — to the city’s parks and recreational facilities.

Routt County Human Services eager to make the most of new child care funding

A significant share of Routtt County’s low-income households are headed by single parents, making it even tougher for a lot of families to place their children in a secure child care setting while they hold down jobs.

Legislators coming to Steamboat to hear what locals say about Colorado's future water supply

State water plan meeting affords a chance to speak directly to a state legislator about Colorado's future water supply.

Dam outlet work at Steamboat Lake studied by engineers

Assessing damage to the dam's concrete outlet works at Steamboat Lake is part of an overall engineering study to create a new maintenance plan.

Dog House moving to Hayden

John Rolfe Burroughs was always in the Dog House writing his Western history books

John Rolfe Burroughs’ historic writing cabin, the Dog House, has finally found a new home at the Hayden Heritage Center.

Planning Commission votes to approve zip line adventure, which could be appealed

County Planning Director Chad Phillips said he would not immediately issue the permit to Steamboat Zipline Adventures, waiting the five days opponents are given to appeal the decision.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport deputy retires after 9 years

Dean Smith retired from his post at Yampa Valley Regional Airport after almost nine years as assistant manager and with a military Legion of Merit medal.

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Tom Ross: CMC biology professor witnesses aftermath of rare geothermal event

People who were fortunate enough to be on the scene when Steamboat Geyser suddenly came to life in Yellowstone National Park this week were hugging and singing, and their clothing was covered with geyser crystals.

Rain fell the last 12 days of August leading to 5-plus inches for the month

In the midst of a 12-day run of rain that ended August, it was the .52 inches and .78 inches that fell back-to-back on Aug. 27 and 28 that rallied Steamboat past the five-inch threshold.

Permit request for zip line before county Planning Commission on Thursday

The Routt County Planning Commission will hear a proposal Thursday night from Steamboat Zipline Adventures to build a series of eight zip lines off a steep southwest facing hillside comprising 71 acres near the foot of the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Steamboat Ski Area creates new meeting room for private ski, snowboard lessons

A number of Steamboat ski and snowboard instructors have built up their own clientele, often repeat customers, who book their entire winter calendar with private lessons.

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Newest easement brings total conservation acres at Smith Rancho to 11,807

Tuesday’s vote by Routt County commissioners to use $600,000 of property tax dollars to conserve 3,507 acres of Dry Fork Ranch marks a landmark 50th conserved property for the Purchase of Development Rights program.

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Celebrating 50 years of the Wilderness Act

A photographer, scholar and journalist strike out to capture, share a passion for wilderness to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act

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Tom Ross: Linda Long talks about 6 generations of ranching in Routt County

Before the railroad came to Yampa, Doc Marshall and another man drove most of the cattle in South Routt to Salida where there was a railhead that passed them on to Texas.

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Unrelenting rain ratchets up pressure on farmers, ranchers

City dwellers are saying “Enough already!” But the real pain is being felt by farmers and ranchers who depend upon the valley’s grass hay crop to make their world go around.

Yampa River sets record for Aug. 27

Wednesday's Yampa River flows measured 408 cubic feet per second in Steamboat, setting an all-time record for Aug. 27

El Nino is not a big thing for Steamboat this winter

Steamboat Springs-based meteorologist Mike Weissbluth said Steamboat’s relationship with El Nino is complex and varies with the longitudinal ocation of a ridge of high pressure that typically sets up in the eastern Pacific during El Nino years.

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State energy director praises local mineral rights advocacy group

Hayden’s Jody Camilletti among those seeking seat on Hickenlooper’s new oil and gas task force

Camilletti said her motivations for seeking a spot on the energy task force are tied to economic health of Colorado farms and ranches

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Rain, snow mix could give peaks in Zirkel a taste of autumn Saturday night

A weather change arrives Saturday night when a fall-like storm will bring dropping temperatures and heavy rain, possibly mixed with snow at high elevation as the main front moves through the area.

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Tom Ross: 25 years of technology

The natural tendency is to look at a quarter-century of Steamboat Today with the archival evidence — news stories and photographs. But the first 25 years of the daily newspaper also can be viewed through the lens of the changing technology we have used to publish the newspaper.

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Kick up your boot heels at historic North Routt School

Trenia Sanford’s efforts to reinvigorate Moonhill Schoolhouse dovetail with the upcoming Talking Green program where speakers will talk about how the adaptive reuse of historic buildings protects them.

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Dream Island pedestrian crossing taking shape

The concrete median itself isn’t flashy, but three electronic signs that are soon to be installed will change that.

Search for top building official for county, city resumes

The top four candidates all had substantive comments to make in phone interviews, and County Manager Tom Sullivan expects to bring top candidates to town for personal interviews Sept. 4 and 5.