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Tree Haus Bridge paint job attracts just one bid for $31,540

Tree Haus wooden truss bridge to receive facelift

Construction on the “new” wooden version of the Tree Haus Bridge began in July 1998 with the help of a $517,000 state grant. The total cost of the project was $646,000.

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Steamboat tops 3 inches of precipitation after frequent April showers

Sundberg tends rain gauge for 44 years

The National Weather Service is reporting that the official weather site for Steamboat Springs has seen 3.24 inches of precipitation this month compared to the “normal” amount for April 29 of 2.32 inches.

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Recalling the '60s in Routt County with elegant prose

John Whittum’s new book is a collection of non-fiction essays about Strawberry Park and nearby landmarks, as well as poems and historical fiction rooted in the early 1960s.

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Marabou asks county to allow gated community

Marabou luxury ranch subdivision is seeking county permission to revise a permit to allow locked gate, though some residents view the move as 'unfriendly'

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Long-dormant Stagecoach ski area not forgotten

Chris Wittemyer favors the more arduous course of re-envisioning the old Stage Coach ski area as a public asset, telling Steamboat Today he gets fairly frequent inquiries about its potential.

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Routt County commissioners intent on learning how other counties handle secondary housing units

County commissioners keen to learn how other counties handle secondary housing units

The Routt County Board of Commissioners wants to know from other Colorado mountain communities how often secondary dwelling units are built where local regulations allow them.

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The push to broaden Steamboat's workforce housing market

The Colorado Division of Housing reports that the vacancy rate in Steamboat Springs has been essentially zero since late in 2014 and the average rent here in the third quarter of 2015 was $970 a month.

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Colorado may need to put $100 million aside annually to do more with the same amount of water

Now that Colorado has its new statewide water plan in place, it’s time to think about where the state will get billions of dollars to close the water supply gap and support another estimated 5 million residents by 2050.

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Routt County: potential for 1,700 secondary housing units exists

The Routt County housing market currently has the potential to add more than 1,000 small homes in the form of secondary dwellings to existing houses on lots within five miles of Steamboat Springs and smaller towns.

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Chairman of Colorado's inter-basin water committee booked to speak in Steamboat April 25

Governor's top water advisor on his way to Northwest Colorado

As a cattle rancher and dryland wheat farmer in Southeastern Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper’s chief water advisor, John Stulp, is apt to recognize this spring as a season of promise in the Yampa Valley.

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Political newcomer forces incumbent congressman into June primary

Alex Beinstein, of Carbondale, collected enough delegates at the Colorado Republican Convention this month to force Congressman Scott Tipton into a June 28 primary battle.

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Steamboat woman Erin Biggs chosen as delegate to Democratic National Convention

Democratic delegate Erin Biggs of Steamboat Springs is comfortable around national political figures — she interned for the late Senator Ted Kennedy while still in college.

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Commissioners are on board with matching grant for new Yampa River Study

The new Yampa River study will take in a longer stretch of the river – from the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area downstream to the city’s wastewater treatment plant west of town.

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Routt County narrows choice of assistant manager to two candidates

Assistant county manager finalists to be presented to public Friday

“I sat in on four interviews, and I was really impressed. I told Tom Sullivan that, when you have a tough choice at the end, that’s a good position to be in." Routt County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski

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Flat Tops at Wildhorse would create 21 single-family homes near Trailhead Lodge

Resort Ventures West Principle Brent Pearson said one of the goals of the developers is to deliver “an appropriately-sized" single-family home that is efficient and doesn’t include too much costly space.

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Yampa Valley Electric Association repairs substation, restores power

YVEA restores service to all but a few by early afternoon

Yampa Valley Electric Association has restored power after a heavy spring snowfall that intensified before dawn Friday and disrupted power to an estimated 3,000 YVEA customers.

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Citing funding woes, unaffiliated candidate halts candidacy

Al White announced he would withdraw from the state senate race after determining he could not attract sufficient funding to support an effective campaign.

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Yampa River flows unusually high for mid April

Snowmelt pouring off valley floor into river

The Yampa River was flowing at 1,650 cubic feet per second (cfs) at mid-afternoon Thursday after dropping from its daily peak of 1,790 cfs recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) just after midnight.

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Peabody expects mine operations to continue 'as usual' across U.S. operations following bankruptcy filing

Company expects mining operations to continue 'as usual'

Peabody’s director of state government relations: “We expect to continue to do what we do best: mining coal, loading trains, restoring lands and maintaining our activities in a largely business-as-usual fashion across our U.S operations.”

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Peabody: Operations at Twentymile Mine 'anticipated' to continue as normal

Scott Harrell, Peabody Energy’s director of human resources for Colorado: The company “anticipates” operations will continue as normal at Twentymile Mine west of Steamboat Springs

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Flip of a coin sends Routt County treasurer to Republican National convention

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn knew she had a better-than-average chance of becoming a delegate to the Republican National Convention. What she could not have known was that it would come down to a coin flip.

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The greenhouse effect — it’s not what you’re thinking

The new emphasis on greenhouses among locavores stems from a growing awareness that in Routt County’s climate a season-extender is a great help in producing enough produce to share or sell with others.

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March tops off snowpack in mountain ranges surrounding Steamboat Springs

The snow on Rabbit Ears Pass was 73 inches deep Friday, and snowpack is 132 percent of median, with 33.3 inches of standing water compared to the median 25.2 inches.

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Former state Senator Gail Schwartz, of Crested Butte, is seeking U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton's seat

Former two-time Colorado state senator Gail Schwartz of Crested Butte announced April 9 her candidacy for Congress in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

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Septuagenarian logs 100 days on skis in memory of husband

Septuagenarian logs 100 days on skis

During a celebration of life for Ross Theadore in July 2015, his ski clothing was spread out on a table and guests were invited to help themselves to an article of clothing on the condition they occasionally take it out for a spin.

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Enterprise zone tax credits help free Steamboat's Chief Theater of unwanted pole

With the view-obstructing pole soon to be out of the way, The Chief Theater's next project will be to convert one of the former small “metroplex” screening theaters into a legitimate green room for visiting artists.

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Original affordable housing fees go toward new 'Reserves' apartment project at April 15 closing

The $400,000 from the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County going toward The Reserves affordable apartments originated with developer fees collected almost a decade ago during a construction boom.

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Routt County motor vehicle office moves within the courthouse for remodeling

Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner said that, beginning April 7, the motor vehicle office will operate from a temporary location in the Routt County Courthouse.

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Resilient Routt County tax base likely to carry on through Peabody Energy's financial crisis

The value for taxation of Twentymile’s coal production was $72 million in 2010 and had slipped to $43.2 million in 2015, representing an erosion of property tax revenues in Routt County.

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Gypsum veterinarian mounts Democratic challenge to Republican Congressman Scott Tipton

Democratic party officials in Eagle County have hinted they believe members of the party at the state level are encouraging former state legislators to challenge for Scott Tipton's 3rd Congressional District seat.

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Heather Savalox among recipients of Colorado United We Serve Awards

Heather Savalox, of the anti-bullying program “It Takes Courage,” and a senior environmental health specialist for Routt County, was one of four Colorado recipients named for the 2016 United We Serve Award.

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Historic Ninth Street home in Old Town Steamboat considered for 'fresh' dining concept

The Cloverdale at the Carver House would rely primarily on food grown locally under the supervision of chef Patrick Ayres at Cloverdale Farm in the south valley.

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Broadband consultant seeks grants to fund 'middle mile' to entice telecoms to reach rural towns

Broadband consultant Diane Kruse told the Routt County Board of Commissioners that building momentum for extending high speed fiber across the state is beginning to attract more providers to the region.

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Aging school buildings looming issue for Hayden School District

“We have failing buildings. We’re near the bottom of districts in the state as far as deteriorating facilities. That’s going to create an interesting collision in coming years.” – Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza

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Steamboat Ski Area enters city planning process with mountain coaster, mini-golf project

Similar ride in Ontario reaches 26 mph

The mountain coaster, which runs on a fixed rail, would tentatively follow a course that mirrors a portion of the Christie Peak Express six-passenger chairlift line.

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Weather pattern delivers strong finish to 2015-16 ski season

NASTAR National Championships take resort through end of March

The strength of the ski season since the New Year has been welcome news for the local resort industry.

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Denver roundtrips only storm-caused casualty to flights at Yampa Valley Airport

Storm brings welcome moisture to high country

Spring storm clogged Front Range transportation hubs while flights from Dallas and Atlanta arrived early at Yampa Valley Regional Airport west of Steamboat Springs.

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Peter Flint chosen as new Routt County Planning Commissioner

Citing his previous experience on community boards, including a stint on Homeowners Association in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Routt County Board of Commissioners voted March 22 to add Peter Flint to represent the town of Yampa on the County Planning Commission.

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Sheep and lettuce were mainstays in Routt County agriculture from the early days

Can a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep mate with a domestic ewe? Just ask Orval "Junior" Bedell during Ag Appreciation Week.

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Routt County Board of Commissioners interviews candidates for planning commission

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to select at least one new member of the Planning Commission.

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Air service board seeks tax renewal flight plan from city of Steamboat Springs

Air service board seeks tax renewal from city of Steamboat Springs

No one at Friday’s meeting advocated changing the amount of the airline sales tax at the same time the voters are asked to re-up, but the possibility was alluded to.

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Air service group seeks tax renewal flight plan from city of Steamboat

No one at Friday’s meeting advocated changing the amount of the airline sales tax at the same time the voters are asked to re-up, but that possibility was alluded to.

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City, resort officials intent on boosting visitors' sense of arrival at Steamboat resort

Reinforcing Steamboat brand while improving road intersections

Creating a sense of arrival to Steamboat resort has a lot to do with branding, but people's ability to follow signs and navigate intersections is also a significant contributor to the overall impression.

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Routt County Commissioners uninterested in pulling nonprofit's 2015 development permit

Bob Weiss, attorney for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) told the Routt County Board of Commissioners he didn’t think Tuesday’s permit hearing was called for.

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Cari Hermacinski's tax abatement supported by fellow Routt County commissioners

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted 2-0 Tuesday to retroactively grant residential tax status to fellow commissioner Cari Hermacinski and her husband, saving them thousands of dollars.

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Oak Creek to get new $508,000 county road shop

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to spend $508,000 to build a new 6,000-square-foot insulated metal road and bridge shop in Oak Creek. The work includes a partial remodel of the county’s District 1 shop.

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60 line up for new administrative job at Routt County

Dozens apply for role as county manager’s assistant

There was a touch of irony in Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan’s voice Monday when he told the county commissioners that the chore of screening 60 job applications has been difficult to keep up with.

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The legacy of the Carpenter Ranch

Two decades into the Nature Conservancy’s innovative approach to running the Carpenter Ranch, the eagles, herons and the sandhill cranes that are due to arrive any day now on their migration north, have become the rock stars of the 906-acre cattle spread.

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Sustainable grazing to stretch water supplies

The $11 million program to conserve water is funded by water providers in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District.

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American Express bids $2 million premium on tax credits for affordable apartments here

Still, Housing Authority loses out on management contract

Housing authority to lose out on management contract at affordable apartments in The Range at Steamboat, but $13 million bid on behalf of American Express for federal tax credits boosts community leverage in the project.