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$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.

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Winter makes appearance above 10,000 feet on Steamboat Ski Area

Snow was falling, but not sticking, in downtown Steamboat midday Wednesday, and the National Weather Service in Grand Junction was calling for 3 to 5 inches of snow to accumulate Wednesday afternoon.

Navigator Awards chart a course to new venue at Strings Pavilion

The Navigator Awards present an opportunity to celebrate the best business practices of successful entrepreneurs in the community.

Routt County ready for Colorado's 1st partisan mail ballot election

Voters who complete mail ballots may choose to drop them off in a secure, outdoor box located under the elevated walkway linking the old Routt County Courthouse with the annex.

5 years of declining passengers numbers zap airport revenues

The open position of assistant airport manager at YVRA will not be filled this year and operations of Three Wire restaurant in the terminal, expected to lose $358,000 this year, will be cut back significantly outside of ski season.

Remote buildings eligible for building permits after the fact

Routt County commissioners gave a Craig man until Aug. 1 to apply for building permits, and he engaged an engineer and draftsman in order to comply.

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Routt County approves new conservation easement on Deep Creek

Deep Creek Meadows Ranch has been in agricultural production since the 1930s. Fred and Flora Wolf have owned and operated the ranch with productive irrigated hay meadows for 30 years.

Routt County commissioners hesitant to place time constraints on camping on private land

“What problem are we trying to solve? How many complaints over 10 years have there been about camping? I do think there would be a little less enjoyment of peoples’ private property.” – Tony Connell

Routt County commissioners ponder limiting length of stay for camping on private land

Tuesday’s discussion could center around the question of whether or not dwelling in nontraditional living quarters like yurts and converted buses over extended periods of time still constitutes permissible camping.

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U.S. 40 paving project reaches east side of Steamboat, remains on schedule

Although the project has been underway for seven weeks, motorists still are adjusting to signage posted by the contractor asking motorists to remain in two lanes until they reach the designated narrowing point, where they are asked to alternate.

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.