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Tom Ross

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Number of preserved oral history tapes grows to 350 with discovery of lost cache

Among the 111 re-discovered oral history tapes is an interview with one of the three last known surviving wives of a Civil War veteran, Daisy Anderson.

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Less waiting at new motor vehicles office in the Routt County Courthouse

County Facilities Director Tim Winter said the remodel of the motor vehicle office is part of a larger project that will upgrade heating and air conditioning in both the DMV and treasurer’s offices for a combined cost of $120,000

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Republican senate, congressional races main attraction for June 28 primary election

Senate, congressional races are 'primary' attraction

In the case of Colorado’s 2016 primary election, there might be more motivation for a Routt County Democrat to change his or her affiliation to Republican than vice versa.

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Grouse habitat conserved with former Acord Ranch hay meadow

724 acres added to ranch conservation corridor on edge of Flat Tops

Great Outdoors Colorado is contributing $214,050, or 35.7 percent of the value, to a new conservation easement outside the town of Yampa in South Routt County.

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Cow Creek takes a big bite out of Routt County Road 45

Routt County road workers are tackling the repair of a road leading to popular cycling trails that was deeply gouged by Cow Creek.

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Master gardener recommends mixture of vermiculite, blended compost and peat moss

Salad bowl garden

Steamboat’s growing season of 39 frost-free days, combined with clay soils and desiccating winds, presents its own set of problems for gardeners.

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Air service board recommends that city council not ask voters to renew .25 percent airline tax

Group recommends council not put airline levy on ballot

The decision not to ask city council to renew the airline sales tax was made with the understanding of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. executives.

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Changeable spring weather is messing with streamflows in the Yampa Valley

A federal hydrologist says the Yampa River has likely peaked in Dinosaur National Monument, but it's a different story where the river flows through Steamboat Springs

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The South Routt Community Center, home to meals for seniors and after-school programs, lands $141,500 grant

The hub of South Routt gets a boost

The South Routt Community Center, home to meals for seniors and after-school programs, lands $141,500 grant

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Routt County Commissioners authorize filling position of assistant airport director

Post vacant since Dean Smith retired in Sept. 2015

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Director Kevin Booth said YVRA — with its large runway, which is underutilized much of the year — could attract an aviation maintenance facility or even a manufacturing business.

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Mid-May the ideal time for foals to be born in Elk River Valley

Nothing compares to a newborn colt

Friday marked the first time Squirt had left the barn and the stall he was born in, but within 15 minutes, he was making short dashes around his mother.

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Light industrial buildings hold potential for eight live-work units

Decade-old live-work plan resurfaces

It was originally in 2005 that Steamboat Today reported new industrial sites in Steamboat Springs were scarce and that only a few lots remained in the fourth and final phase of the Copper Ridge Business Park.

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Who wouldn't like knotty alder cabinets and 9-foot ceilings at an affordable apartment in Steamboat?

Ground broken on 48 income-restricted apartments in west Steamboat

Excavating equipment was already at work May 11 on The Reserves at Steamboat, even as groundbreaking ceremonies for the income-restricted apartment project, were underway.

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Routt County Commissioners react favorably to city's latest cop shop proposal

Hope remains for shared law enforcement facility

The on again/off again courtship between the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners over the possibility of sharing a new law enforcement campus is on again.

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High-tech mini river raft measures Yampa River streamflow

Yampa River rises, data uploads

Jeff Foster, of the the U.S. Geological Survey, launched a high-tech streamflow measuring device called an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler into the Yampa River at Fifth Street to make precise measurements of the river’s flows.

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Friday night wind gust drops evergreen on Hayden home

Matt and Lauren Kuckkahn had just returned home from doing errands in Hayden at about 5 p.m. when they discovered that one half of a very large evergreen tree had fallen on the front entrance of their home.

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Routt County Commissioners urge allowing use of airline sales tax for summer flights

County commissioners urge use of tax revenue for summer flights

“We believe allowing the 0.25% sales tax to be used year round to create the largest impact on enplanements and the local economy, rather than just the winter season, would be a significant improvement.” Routt County Commissioners

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To bee or not to be

Complex social structure of honey bees is attracting a swarm of new beekeepers in Routt County

If the human residents of the Yampa Valley think the wintry spring of 2016 has tested their fortitude, perhaps they should stop feeling sorry for themselves and think about the plight of the honey bees.

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Steamboat nonprofit that empowers people with disabilities one step closer to new campus

The majority of county planning commissioners felt construction of STARS’ 32-guest room lodge is not the primary use of the site but would be an appropriate “accessory” to its adaptive recreation programs.

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Planning Commissioners favor adaptive recreation headquarters within urban growth boundary

STARS Executive Director Julie Taulman urged planning commission to contemplate what else might be built on the site — just north of the city of Steamboat’s Legacy Ranch — if her organization were to be turned down.

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Sustainability Council seeks to build on food recovery program

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is seeking to expand on its food recovery program, which has routed 2,600 pounds of food that would have been discarded to community organizations.

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May 8 should be a great day to make a memory, skiing on Rabbit Ears Pass

We weren’t the first to pull into the parking lot at the North Walton Peak on Saturday, and the presence of other skiers meant that somebody else got first tracks, but it also meant somebody else had broken trail to the peak.

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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.