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Tom Ross

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County Commissioners explore call-in phone lines for public hearings

Routt County Commissioners not ready for live TV, but exploring call-in phone access to allow grreater access to public hearings at the courthouse.

Routt County elective offices due for big pay raise, but for most, not until 2019

After a decade without pay raises, new state laws give elected officials in Routt County a 61 percent salary bump in 2019

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Steamboat pooch swallowed the wrong weed and wound up in Denver to undergo chest surgery

A weed called foxtails sent a three-year-old yellow Lab named Grady Day to a veterinary clinic in Denver this month for emergency surgery. Thousands of dollars later, Grady is back to his old self this week.

Horse show in Routt County canceled as precaution against infectious disease

Pending assurances from veterinarians and the availability of judges and volunteers, the Cayuse Classic horse show may be rescheduled later this fall.

Asphalt sealant stubbornly streaks cars headed for Steamboat along Colorado Highway 9

Uncured asphalt sealant leaves hard-to-cleanse residue on Steamboat-bound cars traveling through six-mile construction zone on Colorado Highway 9 south of Kremmling

Routt County signs off on second well bore at North Hayden

The new oil well bore at North Hayden will be drilled horizontally and hydraulically fracked.

Routt County commissioners insist on robust regulations before legalizing vacation home rentals

The Routt County commissioners made it plain that if they eventually decide to legalize short-term vacation rentals of private residences in rural subdivisions and the countryside across the county, the practice will be governed by a strong set of regulations.

Routt County work sessions explore solution to neighbor conflicts over short-term rentals

Routt County explores possibility of legalizing vacation rentals in order to better regulate the them.

Green building workshop aims to answer what works in Steamboat and Routt County

The free community green building workshop will feature short segments from a variety of local builders, architects and homeowners who currently are working on or have completed residential or commercial buildings.

Multi-agency effort to enhance snowmobile parking on Rabbit Ears Pass underway

This year's effort to improve snowmobile parking on Rabbit Ears Pass will create 35 new spaces at Dumont with 40 new spaces at Muddy Creek parking area coming in 2016.

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Steamboat Springs dog's social media page makes his return to owner possible

Denver bodyguard believes the people who took a young dog named Champ from in front of a Steamboat business likely had a profit motive.

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Routt County Regional Building Department drops permit fees 10 percent

For a residential project in the city valued at $400,000, the building department’s permit fee prior to Sept. 1 would have been $2,673, and as of Sept. 1, that fee will drop to $2,450 after the 10 percent fee reduction.

Navigator Awards plan to celebrate business leaders with an evening of entertainment

The 2014 Navigator Awards presentation was memorable as celebrated Nashville session guitarist and record producer Brent Rowan, a longtime Steamboat Springs resident, hosted country star Joe Nichols in an intimate acoustic performance.

Routt County clerk tests online system that sends voters updates on the status of their mail ballots

A new opt-in website would allow voters in the 2015 all-mail election to track their ballots with voice, text or e-mail updates

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Historic Hahn's Peak escapes fate of Colorado ghost towns

Nancy Wiggins stood in the yard of her family’s historic log cabin in Hahns Peak Village performing a universal domestic chore. Some might say Wiggins’ chosen method of doing the laundry makes her an historic re-enactor.

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June real estate sales rebound after record May rain

West of Steamboat saw 13 residential sales in June with an average sale price of $465,300 and a median price of $443,500, for an average price per square foot of $257.

Passive House apartment project wins nod from Steamboat planning commission

Expert Adam Cohen predicted to Steamboat Springs Planning Commission that Passive House Apartments, when complete, would garner national attention as a rare example of a market driven development with net-zero energy use.

Proposed childcare center would offer stimulating classes for youngsters and freedom for parents

Play Garden would engage children in hands-on learning and play with the objective of supporting their sense of independence, self-confidence and self-respect.

Seminars at Steamboat speaker: Despite problems, Iran nuke deal is still the best choice

Middle East expert Martin Indyk tells Steamboat audience the U.S. has a choice between an Iran that is nuclear weapons free for 15 years or an Iran that is three months from having a nuclear weapon.

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September deadline looms for deciding endangered status of greater sage grouse

"This is a place that has been overlooked for far too long — it’s windshield country. People drive through it to get to somewhere else. But there is a 12-act drama in that country that really matters." – Luke Schafer, Conservation Colorado

A memorable day for bicyclists of all descriptions in Steamboat Springs

Lowell Conkle, 57, has avidly followed bike racing since the days when American Greg Lemond first won the Tour de France for the first of three times in 1986. However, Monday marked the first time he’d attended a road cycling race in person.

Carpenter Ranch on Yampa River among five in Colorado to take on water rights transfer pilot

The water transfer plan at the Carpenter Ranch is among five in Colorado that are part of an historic agreement to explore how the four Colorado River states above Lake Powell can meet their obligations to Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Yampa's Kayla Rossi shows grand champion market lamb at Routt County Fair

Market lambs may be the rock stars of the sheep competitions at the Routt County Fair, but the luckiest sheep at the fair are the “meat breed ewe lambs” who will live to contribute superior genetics to lambs of their own.

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USA Pro Challenge: Spectators urged to curb eagerness for souvenir photos and keep the peloton safe

Competitors in the Tour de France this year had to avoid cows in the highway during a high-speed descent. But injuries caused by careless fans are unfair to the athletes. And it happens at races all over the world.

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July passengers numbers down at Yampa Valley Regional airport due to reduced Denver flights

Cardinal International Grooving and Grinding is cutting required grooves in the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport to improve aircraft traction for braking.

Colorado Water Trust comes to the aid of the Yampa River once again

This summer’s water release comes later in the summer than it did in 2012 and 2013 when below average winter snowpack and early spring runoff left the river below flowing below historic averages in early July.

Southwestern Energy's plans for second well at Dill Gulch include water pipeline from the Yampa River

Southwestern Energy planning coordinator Brian Bohm told Routt County Commissioners that, in terms of impact, the temporary pipeline to a new oil well is preferable to the many truck trips it would take to deliver the water.

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Rocky Mountain Youth Corps seeks to expand Steamboat campus with new warehouse

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), the expanding not-for-profit that puts almost 200 young adults ages 18 to 25 to work each summer, is growing and needs more administrative offices and gathering places for its crews.

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Chariot racing once provided midwinter thrills in Colorado and Wyoming

In the 1970s and 1980s, chariot racing was a winter tradition on the old horse-racing track at the Howelsen Hill Rodeo Grounds in Steamboat as it was in nearby Wyoming towns like Rawlins, Saratoga and Lander. But those days are mostly gone.

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Former Colorado Mountain College professor Robert Baker blends architecture with education in history book

Architect Lincoln Jones designed the original distinctively 1960s modern buildings of Yampa Valley College on Woodchuck Hill overlooking downtown Steamboat Springs.

Upper Yampa Valley enjoying alternating sunny days with soaking rains

The National Weather Service confirms Steamboat Springs received .37 inches of rain Aug. 3, followed by 1.05 inches on Aug. 4, for a two-day total of 1.42 inches. That compares to the average rainfall for the entire month of 1.6 inches.

Urban Renewal Authority agrees to fund second beach along Walton Creek Promenade

Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority agrees that a second sand beach would enhance existing improvements along Walton Creek at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat rain gauges see almost an inch from Monday's lightning storm

The brunt of the storm appeared to flow through Strawberry Park and other neighborhoods just north and northwest of Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat High School student's 9/11 flag memorial finds a home at Yampa Valley Bank

Kyle Case, 14, of Steamboat Springs, hadn’t even celebrated his first birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists piloted two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, yet he’s motivated to honor the victims.

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Steamboat's mountain urban renewal authority seeking redesign for difficult intersection

The new "beach" at the base of Steamboat Ski Area would be downstream from the existing sandy area at the foot of the stairs into Torian Plum Plaza. With wading pools and small waterfalls to play in, it has become an attraction for families.

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Two generations of competitive skiers from Steamboat Springs entertain Tread of Pioneers audience

Nancy (Barrows) Gray and Sanse (Neish) Berry were teammates at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club among a group of young women who dominated Alpine ski racing in the Rocky Mountain Division.

Closed convenience store, gas station destined to return to 'natural condition'

Water district manager says $750,000 price of Shop & Hop site is justified by the goal of protecting community water supply in alluvial well field along the Yampa River.

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Steamboat Springs High School Class of '95 looks back two decades

Steamboat Springs High School Class of 1995 reunites and rallies around former classmate David Virgili.

Just in case, county seeks to buffer building department with plan review backup

The city of Steamboat and Routt County processed building permits valued at $86,497 — 785 in 2014 — far below the peak years of 2007 ($250.7 million) and 2008 ($333.7 million).

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All heck breaks loose on the road To-Hell-u-Ride

As I sprinted down the barrow ditch at the side of the highway to retrieve our gear, I had a minute to consider what carnage the log truck would have wreaked on our camping equipment had the truck been following us instead of the opposite.

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Longtime Routt County Attorney John Merrill retires this week

The side of Routt County Attorney John Merrill the public didn’t see was the man who liked to go on walkabouts, popping in on employees in other departments just to chat and form relationships.

Camping hookups at Routt County Fairgrounds viewed as economic benefit in all seasons

The plan to create modern RV hookup camp sites at the Routt County Fairground is viewed as a piece of economic development for both the Fair Board and the town of Hayden.

What you do with the auctioned outhouse is your business

In addition to the vintage outhouse, there is a claw-foot bath tub on the auction block at the benefit for Crossan's M&A Market in Yampa.

Steamboat Springs was first organized to sell building lots to pioneers

It was in Boulder that Steamboat founder James Crawford met three influential bankers who in 1883 would play a role in establishing town's future

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New apartment buildings planned; one in downtown, another on Steamboat's south side

A pair of market-rate apartment building projects on opposite ends of Lincoln Avenue with the combined potential to add 94 rental units to Steamboat Springs’ tight housing market have entered the city planning process.

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City of Steamboat devotes two parking spaces on 10th Street to new electric car charger

The bright green parking spots on 10th Street adjacent to City Hall are reserved for electric cars whose owners who are welcome to charge up their cars at no charge.

City of Steamboat, housing authority collaborate on water/sewer project at enduring mobile home park

Construction crews from Connell Resources began work Monday on an unglamorous but critical $1.5 million utility project.

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Yampa Valley Housing Authority makes its pitch for federal income tax credits to help fund 48 affordable apartments

Yampa Valley Housing Authority makes its pitch for federal income tax credits to help fund 48 affordable new apartments on Steamboat's west side.

Routt County and city of Steamboat close to naming broadband consultant

Routt County does not have definite confirmation of whether any 911 calls were missed during July 6 phone, Internet outage resulting from sliced Century Link fiber optic cable.

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Steamboat's ski season airline capacity grows 13 percent with expanded service on existing routes

Notable on the winter 2015/2016 winter airline schedule released by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. is the decision to boost the service between the Yampa Valley (YVRA) and Los Angeles to daily fights.