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Teen skier rescued from 'The Land of the Little People' at Steamboat Ski Area

“He called me from the trees and said, ‘Hi Paige, this is Paul, I’m calling from the Land of the Little People.’”

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Boys and Girls Club makes life easier for parents in resort industry

Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Dana Duran's favorite aspect of the club is that the youngsters all interact with one another without regard for status derived from economic circumstances or prowess in academics or athletics.

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Routt County advances six-lot subdivision just outside Steamboat city limits

The site of the proposed Fox Grove subdivision abuts the north side of Fish Creek Falls Road on the northeast corner of its intersection with Steamboat Boulevard.

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Routt County reaches settlement with owner of Oak Creek property that has too many junk vehicles

Routt County approves settlement to enforce zoning but defers lawsuit over Oak Creek Canyon property strewn with junk.

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Kiwanis Club’s community service in Steamboat Springs ends after 68 years

The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club was well known for the commemorative holiday ornaments it sold for 32 years to raise funds the club in turn donated to community organizations.

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Tom Ross: Childhood holiday gifts can create enduring memories in the minds of seniors

Holiday gifts that make memories

A modest holiday gift that makes a child feel like they fit in with their peers can mean a great deal. When their parents recognize it, and come through in the end, it creates a lasting memory.

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City of Steamboat's free ski day at Howelsen Hill Ski Area popular with young families

What's not to like about free skiing?

With fresh snow on the hill and blue skies above, young families, snowboard dudes and infrequent skiers mingled with rising competitive skiers clad in brightly colored suits for a free ski day at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

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City of Steamboat Springs uses bulk of Iron Horse escrow to secure permanent easement on Yampa River

Securing access to the Yampa

Of the total escrow amount, $267,000 will be devoted to the easement, which will ensure permanent public access to a strip of riverside between the Yampa River Core Trail and the water’s edge on the west side of the Iron Horse.

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Residents of Oak Creek forced to leave their apartments this month bouncing from motel to motel

The half-dozen people, who were evacuated from an apartment building in Oak Creek Dec. 4 because of dangerous carbon monoxide levels, have been on the move ever since.

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Steamboat Springs resort community will be close to its holiday peak Dec. 28

The Steamboat Springs resort community will be close to its holiday peak Dec. 28, when the number of visitors will reach 14,500. Guest lodging numbers will remain high through Dec. 31, with 13,100 people here celebrating the New Year.

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Routt County restructures, hires new emergency communications director

New Routt County emergency communications director Jason Nettles starts Jan. 3 — his wife will begin new nursing role at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport weathers four power outages in a week

Yampa Valley Electric CEO Diane Johnson said crews are working to reinforce protection on a power line leading to Yampa Valley Regional Airport by the end of the week.

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Vista Verde Guest Ranch sells for $16.25 million, includes $4 million home

A North Routt landmark changed hands Dec. 14 when a Chicago couple purchased Vista Verde Guest Ranch northeast of Clark for $12.25 million. In a separate purchase the couple also acquired the $4 million owner's home.

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Housing Steering Committee calls for 700 new homes in four years to close the demand gap

Can Steamboat Springs together with the towns of Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa and unincorporated Routt County deliver on the promise of almost 700 new housing units in the span of four years?

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Routt County signs on to help pay for early design drawings for new cop shop

“I think we’re beyond a leap of faith. We’re at a point now where we’re spending real money.” — County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski

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Snowpack in Buffalo Park on Rabbit Ears Pass is 134 percent of median

Snow-measuring sites situated in the high elevations of the Park Range east of Steamboat Springs show that the water in the snow that fell between Dec. 6 and 12, nearly doubled the amount of water in the standing snowpack.

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Steamboat ski legend Jim “Moose” Barrows out of hospital after brain surgery

Steamboat ski legend Jim "Moose" Barrows remains in Denver but is out of the hospital and making rapid improvements following brain surgery

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Powder day lures skiers to climb for their turns in pre-dawn

Endorphins are uphill skiers' reward

In the age of high speed quads, why would anyone in their right mind climb a couple of thousand vertical feet for the equivalent of two ski runs and then go home? Answer: endorphins.

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Housing group expected to reveal obstacles to creating new supply

Valley needs 300-plus new homes a year

People at the Dec. 13 housing steering committee meeting may be taken aback by the number of housing units needed to meet current shortfalls and continue to keep pace with demand into the future.

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Steamboat can look forward to milder temperatures, wet snow for weekend

Thermometers close to the Yampa River in Steamboat were reading 14 degrees below zero before dawn on Dec. 8, but weather forecasters were predicting temperatures above freezing and a rain snow mix Dec. 9 and 10.

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Nonprofits receive $731,991 in 24 hours

Organizers conclude Yampa Valley nonprofits have learned to market themselves effectively on Yampa Valley Gives Day.

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Sustainability Council targets needless household food waste in 2017

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council hopes that serving a soup made from produce that isn’t fresh, but still nutritious, will point out some of the community’s wasteful kitchen habits

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Water quality testing renewed; Yampa River saw lean autumn flows in 2016

A water quality testing program on Yampa River reaffirmed by Routt County Board of Commissioners

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New Hahns Peak gateway sign strategically placed at Steamboat Lake State Park visitors center

The new Hahns Peak sign is part of the efforts of the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism Project to promote cultural tourism across 17 communities in five neighboring counties in Western Colorado.

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Private donors step up to fund a second drug-sniffing dog to cut down on heroin in Routt County

The Board of County Commissioners have cleared Sheriff Wiggins to accept the generosity of a local couple who have offered to pay for the purchase and training of a second drug-sniffing dog.

Private donors come through for Boomer, Routt County

Boomer gets drug sniffing sidekick

The Board of County Commissioners have cleared Sheriff Wiggins to accept the generosity of an local couple that that has offered to pay for the purchase and training of a second drug-sniffing dog.

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Nordic citizen race series opens with sprint relay under the lights

The genius of the Dec. 7 Nordic Race Series season opener is that skiers don’t need to be in mid-season form to feel comfortable putting down their $5 entry fee and turning it loose.

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S'No time to wait for snow

S'No Hurry

In Steamboat, the genesis of snowmaking and expectations of a Thanksgiving opening day, can be found in a couple of dreadful snow seasons that spanned the late 70s and early 80s.

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If approved in January, new Stagecoach plan broadens potential for community store

Residents of unincorporated Stagecoach have long wished for a community store, and when the update of the Stagecoach Community Plan comes up for approval in January, there may be new reason for hope.

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Former Steamboat top exec Chris Diamond writes about his eventful years in ski resort industry

"Ski Inc." is an engaging account of the rise of the modern ski resort industry that doesn't pull punches but also honors the people who nourished it.

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Toyota ad that aired during Broncos game was filmed at Bridgestone Winter Driving School

Dashing through the snow in a 4Runner

Local professional driver Mark Cox was behind the wheel of a Toyota 4Runner during a commercial that ran during the Nov. 27 Denver Broncos game.

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Routt County approves two new wedding venues

Ranch weddings popular

Routt County is due for two new rural wedding venues to serve the growing demand for destination weddings in the Yampa Valley.

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Steamboat-based Big Agnes looks abroad

Big Agnes' new facility in Utah is expected to open in December and is being counted on to help the company meet demand for its products both domestically and iternationally while decreasing shipping times and increasing efficiency.

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Combo of fresh powder, temperatures allow Steamboat Ski Area to open more terrain

Steamboat Ski Area announced Monday morning it had opened the gondola and Heavenly Daze trail, affording 2,000 feet of vertical.

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Routt County Commissioners OK secondary dwellings over objection of Planning Commission

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.

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Scholarship Day skiers rewarded with blue skies, carve-able manmade snow at Steamboat Ski Area

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.

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Twentymile Mine granted permit change to enable pursuit of new coal customers

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.

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport arrives at busy season Dec. 17

Airport generates 488 winter jobs

The combined workforce at Yampa Valley Regional Airport this ski season approaches 500.

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Steamboat opens on time for Scholarship Day with Christie Peak Express lift

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.

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Coberly Creek Ranch conservation emblematic of the 1880s in South Routt County

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.

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Jeff Roth's newest mural in downtown Steamboat is 130 feet long

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.

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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.

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Incumbent Democrat Tim Corrigan takes race for Routt County commissioner

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.

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Voters approve tax on future rural pot grows by 27 percentage points

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.

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Routt County vote lags pace of 2008, 2012 elections

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.

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Steamboat residents rally on behalf of South Dakota's Standing Rock Reservation

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.

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Bipartisan judges handle 2016 ballots under strict procedures

Returned ballots are processed, but not yet counted, by bipartisan election judges in secure rooms under video surveillance.

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County Treasurer Brita Horn: overdue Peabody taxes in the mail Nov. 11

Citing a confidentiality agreement, Routt Treasurer Brita Horn declined to reveal the status of interest due on overdue Peabody property taxes.

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October snow in Steamboat? Trick or treat…

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.

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Wyoming man dies in rollover truck accident on west side of Rabbit Ears Pass

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.