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Era of the Super Pass: Steamboat Ski Area invites guests to invent their own 'framily'

A Steamboat Passport group could include the members of someone’s college rock band, their softball team, church group or former colleagues. And Passport holders may use their days singly, for long weekends or long vacations.

Routt County commissioners expected to discuss permitting extended camping from 31 to 180 days

Routt County is signaling that it intends to conduct public sessions to discuss alternative forms of permanent housing in a separate process that would involve a series of works sessions in 2015.

Tom Ross: Steamboat's Winter Expo runs gamut from organic honey to Uncle Shiny

One of the pieces of news gathered at the Chamber Winter Expo is that Honey Stinger, of Steamboat Springs, is selling organic honey in addition to the company’s wildly popular Honey Stinger energy chews, gels and waffles.

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Crew member for Steamboat's Rocky Mountain Youth Corps tabbed for national award

Rocky Mountain Crew Leader Christina Bodznic said that in Steamboat at the end of the summer Gracie Billingsley showed her commitment to public service by urging her fellow crew members to donate gear and clothing to Lift-Up of Routt County.

Fairfield Inn owner eyes new 84-room hotel on U.S. Highway 40

The new hotel would be built a short distance from Bob Amin’s existing Fairfield Inn across U.S. Highway 40 from the Steamboat Christian Center. And the new hotel won’t necessarily be branded a Marriott product.

Backcountry skiers watching to see if sun can heal ice layer in mountains surrounding Steamboat

On Rabbit Ears Pass Thursday morning hardened clumps of snow in the trees warmed in the sun and began to fall from the branches of lodgepole pines to clatter noisily over the icy surface of the snowpack.

Steamboat Ski Area's airline marketing program takes Yampa Valley Boys on the road

The Yampa Valley Boys, Steve Jones and John Fisher, should succeed in reinforcing Steamboat’s image as a cowboy ski town; their latest CD, “New Home on the Range,” charted at number 11 in the top 30 Western albums.

Routt County commissioners agree noise, visual impacts of zip line off side of Rabbit Ears mitigated

Jason Cobb told the Routt County Board of Commissioners that the new nylon-coated WhisperLine would greatly reduce the noise of his zip line trolleys traveling down the steel line.

Interviews begin this week to find new manager for Yampa Valley Regional Airport west of Steamboat

The candidate who becomes the new airport manager will set his or her wheels down in the middle of the busy ski resort season at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, which sees the bulk of its commercial airline traffic for the year in a span of 16 weeks.

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Snowfall hits town; Steamboat resort officials predict 'near historic' opening

It’s ironic that a perfectly timed powder dump makes a challenge to open Steamboat Ski Area. But the promise of untracked snow is always a boon to Wednesday’s Scholarship Day, the traditional opening of the ski area.

Talks underway between Ski Corp. and United on renewing Houston flights in summer 2015

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. exec Rob Perlman said the flights overall were nearly three-quarters full and their financial performance finished up well under the maximum revenue guarantees provided by the community..

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Crossan's Market in Yampa clears another grant hurdle

Croissan's Market was built in 1903 and continued operating as a community market into the 1964. When it was closed, many of the original fixtures, and even merchandise remained in place, making it a virtual museum display.

Air service board revisits summer flights from Texas

The United Airlines flight between Houston and Hayden had an eight-week run last summer from June 26 to Sept. 1 with some weekday blackouts during the last two weeks of August.

$63 million 2015 Routt County budget boosts child care, treats 41 miles of paved roads, restores pay raises

On the human capital side of the ledger, Routt County commissioners hope an $82,000 increase in the Human Services budget will provide childcare support for another 28 children living in households whose annual incomes are under 130 percent of federal poverty levels.

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Ideal snowmaking weather in the forecast, to be followed by active storm pattern at Steamboat

Meteorologist Mike Weissbluth expects two waves of five to 10 inches of fresh snow each to blanket Steamboat Ski Area Saturday and Sunday nights.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority agrees to take on assets and liabilities of Habitat

Yampa Valley Housing Authority Executive Director Jason Peasley said his organization is prepared to hold the mortgages of existing Routt County Habitat for Humanity households.

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Drought breaks in 2015 for single-family home starts at Steamboat's The Range

A Steamboat building contractor has confirmed his company will be building two homes at The Range in Wildhorse Meadows in the summer of 2015.

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Steamboat Parks and Rec Director John Overstreet fills new positions, reorganizes diverse department

Former Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. Senior Financial Analyst Kyrill Kretzschmar will begin work as the city’s new recreation and enterprise manager on Monday.

Hermacinski is commissioner-elect after final ballot count

Cari Hermacinski is Routt County’s District 3 commissioner-elect after this week’s validation process for ambiguous ballot signatures affirmed her election night victory.

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Waves of snow could be headed in direction of Steamboat

The Weather Service reported the temperature at the summit of the Steamboat Ski Area, was 2 degrees at noon Wednesday. But temperatures are expected to moderate Thursday and Friday as a storm brings natural snowfall to the Park Range.

Sullivan plans to spend Fridays at Yampa Valley Regional Airport until new manager is hired

Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan said if he needs help as interim Yampa Valley Regional Airport manager, he could call on former Pitkin County Manager Hilary Fletcher, who works for an aviation consulting firm in Denver, but he doesn't expect that to happen.

Montana author tells Steamboat audience about the 'desire and loyalty' that fuel the power of wilderness

Red Lodge, Mont., author Gary Ferguson says wilderness is a source of the community, beauty and mystery that are essential to human well-being

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Kay Clagett will take final bow at Strings festival in Steamboat at the end of 2015 season

Elissa Greene, 31, began working full time at Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs in 2007, but in reality, the summer chamber music festival, which embraces diverse forms of folk, jazz, rock and world music, was part of her upbringing.

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Steamboat-based mulch manufacturer catching on in oil fields

Trent Jones said his Mountain Pine Manufacturing, which employs five people, has the potential to triple its sales next year, which could lead to him hiring 10 to 15 additional employees.

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Tom Ross: Horse with a manly whinny locates lost mare northwest of Steamboat

Briana Perkins will tell you that it was really a talkative gelding named Jazz who rescued Dolly the mare on Oct. 27, more than a month after she threw her rider and disappeared into the timber.

Final margin of Hermacinski/Ivancie Routt County commissioner race pending until next week

Cari Hermacinski outpolled incumbent Steve Ivancie by 89 votes out of 10,125 cast, but the presence of 107 ballots that had signatures that did not closely match the signatures on file for the voter has left a shred of doubt about the ultimate outcome.

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Hermacinski apparent winner over Ivancie by 89 votes of 10,125 cast

It’s unlikely, but Ivancie could gain about 30 votes when the final 121 ballots are tallied and come within .5 percent of Hermacinski’s vote total — the threshold for an automatic recount.

When does camping become an alternative lifestyle?

The county discussion about the permissibility of camping when it is extended to the point of becoming an alternative housing arrangement, from tents, to yurts and RVs, arose in late summer.

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1st all-mail partisan election looks like a winner at the polls

Routt County Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner confirmed that as of about 1:30 p.m. Monday, 7,746 ballots, representing 50 percent of the eligible voters, had been cast.

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Navigator Awards honor Sarah Fox as Young Professional of the Year

Sarah Fox began working construction as a carpenter's helper while in middle school and spent a summer during high school working on the original construction of Emerald Mountain School in Steamboat Springs.

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Coberly Creek Ranch in South Routt conserved by 2nd easement

Merrilee Ellis told the county commissioners this week the conservation easement factors into estate planning that will allow the ranch to stay in the family indefinitely. The ranch has been in the ownership of the Neelis/Ellis Family for more than 20 years.

Steamboat Living: Things Steamboaters should know

No matter how long you’ve been here, there are certain things you ought to know how to do living in Steamboat. We’re not talking the obvious how to ski or bike, but the more intrinsic things to have in your seasonal arsenal here in Ski Town USA. No masters ourselves, we combed the valley floor for tips from experts to help ease the learning curve.

State House candidates fed up with super PACs

Candidate Chuck McConnell said the charge that he backs a plan to drain tax dollars out of public schools in Routt and Eagle counties and send them to private schools in Denver is “ludicrous, but probably hurting me.” The claim was made in a super PAC mailer.

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Ruppel resigns as airport manager, search for replacement underway

Routt County does not expect to have a manager hired for Yampa Valley Regional Airport until after the busy December holiday season when vacationing skiers pour into Steamboat Springs.

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Phoenix the dragon makes Halloween appearance

Spike the dragon may may have enjoyed more fame in his career, but Phoenix, Steamboat's newest dragon, is both bigger and better acclimated to a wintry climate,

County commissioners table zip line appeal while developer reduces length to address noise concerns

After Jason Cobb said he would be willing to eliminate the final segment of his planned zip line adventure, the commissioners tentatively agreed that he may have struck on a way to address the neighborhood’s concerns about the noise the zip line might generate.

U.S. Highway 40 project in Steamboat Springs passes milestone

Project Manager Eric Marsh confirmed that paving crews made the most of the unseasonably mild weather of Oct. 20 to 25 and completed the asphalt work on U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs.

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.