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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.

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Alex Camilletti's grand champion steer stands out from the black Angus crowd

Hayden seventh-grader Alex Camilletti takes home the big prize from the 100th Routt County Fair.

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Yampa teen dominates cow, calf classes at 100th Routt County Fair

In addition to her grand champion buckle for best breeding cow, Katie Parker claimed both first and second place (with different animals) for the bull calf class and cow calf classes.

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Locals 2014: Steve Chambers

The story of how Steve “Elkie” Chambers came to Steamboat Springs is a familiar one. He first arrived on a college ski trip, loved it, and then came back to become a horse wrangler. That’s where it veers: He left to become a roadie for the Rolling Stones, dated one of their daughters, toured with AC/DC and U2, surfed with Eddie Vedder and finally married one of Tina Turner’s dancers and settled back down in Steamboat to live happily ever after.

Tom Ross: Wilderness trekking in the Flat Tops makes one appreciate of a piece of cake and a hot shower

Wilderness will do that to you — strip away your worldly cares and allow you to become absorbed with the play of light across meadows and distant peaks.

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Ravenous insects threaten hay crop, vegetable gardens

Carol Iverson’s work for the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service takes her all over Northwest Colorado where she tallies the numbers of grasshoppers per square yard.

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Outskirts of Steamboat see more than 1.5 inches of rain in less than 24 hours

Weather forecaster Chris Cuoco confirmed that the official rainfall total for the 24 hours preceding 7 a.m. Wednesday was 0.98 inches, well short of the record of 1.29 inches set in July 1996.

Horse-training couple wins county approval to add land to Marabou

The HOA and one of Marabou’s homeowners were seeking the change to resolve an awkward legal situation for the HOA, and to allow one of the homeowners to create an apartment in a private barn.

Real-deal cowboy artist with ties to Routt and Moffat wins award posthumously

Earl Bascom overcame his on-again, off-again education to became a highly collected Western artist, as well as a legendary rodeo cowboy whose designs for early bucking chutes and the one-handed bareback bronc saddle changed the sport forever.

Houston flight attracts 1,123 passengers June 26 through July 22

Only three of the flights through July 22 were booked to capacity with 50 passengers, but a total of 15 were scheduled to carry 40 or more passengers.

Resort official: Flights leaving for Houston carry more passengers than the flights arriving from Texas

A flight on the 50-passenger Embraer RJ145 leaving Houston for Hayden/Steamboat Aug. 7 and returning Aug. 12 confirmed that the majority of the seats are sold. United quoted a low fare of $575 for the round-trip flight operated by Expressjet.

County expected to spend $155,000 on new roof for detention center

County facilities director Tim Winter said that a lightning-arrest system, resembling a low barbed wire fence around the perimeter of the jail's roof, was installed in 1994. It includes ground wires that run into a liquid-filled container buried in the ground.

Routt County Riders seeks county permission to place picnic table, toilet at rural crossroads

In addition to the table and toilet, Routt County Riders seeks the option to install informational signs describing nearby geology, area attractions or possibly nearby coal-mining activity.

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Tom Ross: Remember when it was legal to drive 60 mph up Eagleridge Drive?

The sports car races helped to establish Steamboat as a summer tourism destination that could rely on volunteer labor to pull off complicated events.

Steamboat airline program still pursuing service from cities like Phoenix, Charlotte, Detroit

Steamboat Ski Corp. Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rob Perlman said ski corp. executives have had discussions with Southwest Airlines, which has a rapidly growing presence at Denver International Airport, but is not a hub airline.

Yellowjacket Pass due to be lowered

When work on Routt County Road 14 resumes in 2015, seventh-10ths of a mile of road will be re-paved on the north side of Yellowjacket Pass, but not until the elevation of 600 feet of roadway is lowered to improve vehicular sight lines at the top of the pass.

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Tom Ross: Friends of Crossan’s M&A Market offer novel auction items on behalf of historic Yampa building

Friends of Crossan's Market in Yampa offer historic privy at auction July 26 to help restore 1903 grocery store.

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Great-grandson of Routt pioneers member of team relying on pedal power to help bag state's 14ers

By the end of the week members of the PedAll Peaks expedition will be on their way to the Sangre de Cristos where the Crestone Needle awaits them, and then it’s on to the 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juans.

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Major U.S. 40 construction about to change Steamboat's summer at both ends of town

U.S. Highway 40 construction work will begin simultaneously July 28 on the west and east sides of Steamboat Springs, where motorists can expect that traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Preliminary runway rehab at Yampa Valley Regional Airport begins later in July

Routt County manager Tom Sullivan said Monday the work scheduled to begin later this month is off-runway and will involve excavation of a new vehicle service road. It will begin at the terminal and run all of the way around the east end of the 10,000-foot runway to the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Building.

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Large snow drift blocks east side of Buffalo Pass

A good alternative for wilderness hikers is further north at the Three Island Lake and Slavonia trailheads which are reached via Routt County Road 64 northeast of Clark.

District court rulings lead to issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder, Denver counties

Chief Deputy County Clerk Tina Fry confirmed Routt County has issued four civil union permits since April 2013, but no same-sex couples have come in seeking a marriage permit.

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.