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Tom Ross

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Snowmaking hydrants could be used to fight a larger wildfire on ski slopes in the future

Steamboat Ski area personnel and firefighting agencies have been meeting for years to ensure they have the necessary adapters to couple firefighting hoses to snowmaking hydrants so they can deliver water to suppress a larger wildfire.

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YVEA taps state grant to energy nonprofit to help usher in solar for households with modest incomes

Yampa Valley Electric Association hosts new solar array in Steamboat Springs intended for households with modest incomes.

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Crews on affordable units hope to put a roof on The Reserves before winter

Affordable apartment buildings rise on Steamboat's west side, but leasing is still months away.

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New Mountain Valley Bank building aims for classic Steamboat look

The style of the new Mountain Valley Bank building is intended to evoke classic Steamboat style like that seen in the historic Rehder building.

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Bar code readers replacing attendants with tablets at airport parking lot

Yampa Valley Regional Airport parking lot getting new automated barcode payment system

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Key parcel on the Yampa River above Stagecoach conserved

Conserving the landscape of Routt County

Routt County is poised to conserve almost 1,700 additional ranch acreage in South Routt including a key parcel on the Yampa River.

Conservation agencies close to acquiring key ranch parcels

When the conservation easement Glas Deffryn ranch closes, the latest transaction by YVLT it complete an unbroken 5-mile stretch of the Yampa River corridor upstream from Stagecoach Reservoir.

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Forecast for Sept. 12, 13 includes chance of snow above 10,000 feet in northern mountains

The forecast for Sept. 12 and 13 includes a chance of snow above 10,000 feet in the northern mountains.

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Memorial flags dot the lawn of local bank

This year the number of flags has grown to 5,000 to encompass the 2,100 deaths of workers and volunteers who have since died, in addition to the 2,996 who perished in the 9/11 attacks

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Local ospreys mature rapidly, prepare for long, lonely migration

Female osprey can be expected to return to the vicinity of their birth nest for the first time with a mate in tow after spending back-to-back winters in the south.

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Pleasant Valley ranching traditions undergoing evolution

County approves new bridges, new uses at historic ranch

Routt County wrestles with the question of whether a rancher needs a permit to replace bridges, build a hunting yurt, improve trout habitat and create RV parking pads.

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Rediscovered film portrays another era in Routt County agriculture

When horsepower implied horses

The audience at the Tread of Pioneers Museum watched 1960s rancher Frank Harrison branding calves in the sage brush and using draft horses to cut a new winter feeding lane through the deep snow of Strawberry Park.

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Long dormant Stagecoach Ski Area south of Steamboat under contract to sell in October

Stagecoach Ski Area under contract for sale to development group with ties Steamboat, Boulder, Vail and Telluride.

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Green Creek Ranch plans to be reviewed

Plans to create private recreational facilities including ATV trails and a manager’s home as well enhancements to trout habitat on Green Creek Ranch on the Yampa River just upstream from Lake Catamount will be reviewed by the Routt County Planning Commission Sept. 1.

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State issues Twin Enviro's Milner Landfill compliance advisory

State directs landfill to tighten procedures

Colorado Department of Health and Environment has issued a compliance order to Milner Landfill.

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Guardrail repairs cost Routt County $100K-plus annually

The slow-motion slide into a highway guardrail is an all-too-frequent mishap on the Routt County road system in winter

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Housing focus is on feasible projects

Routt County has ample buildable land for community land going north and south on transportation corridors.

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Governor taps Routt County's Cari Hermacinski for state granting advisory group

Cari Hermacinski was named to a state tax advisory committee at a time when funding available for grants may be undergoing a seismic adjustment.

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Fletcher skis fastest in summer heat of Germany

Taylor Fletcher confirms his status as one of the fastest Nordic combined skiers on the World Cup in Summer Grand Prix in Germany.

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Pioneer Campbells and McPhees took different routes to North Routt

Shaunna Watterson served her audience at the Tread of Pioneers Museum lemon ice, the way her pioneer grandmothers made it.

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Work matters: Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' model for building young adults spreading throughout Northwest Colorado

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps has begun exporting its successful organizational model to other communities in Colorado.

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Roundabouts one way to meet several goals at approach to resort base

The reaction of 14 lodging shuttle and transit drivers to the possibility of creating a new roundabout on Mount Werner Circle at the entrance to Ski Time Square led to an 'aha moment.'

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Chestnut mare falls during trail ride, goes missing in remote area of Routt County

A chestnut mare named 'River' goes missing in remote Pilot Knob area of Routt County.

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Routt County's proposed pot tax too 'high' for Hayden's liking

State law prohibits Routt County from imposing an excise tax of more than 5 percent on pot, but the Town of Hayden, which operates under a home rule charter, is not bound by that limitation.

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Public invited to open house on ski area arrival experience

The ease with which guests are able to navigate streets, bike trails and intersections contribute to a sense of arrival at the resort base at the foot of Mount Werner.

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Steamboat's 2017 airline program budget last to include .25 percent sales tax in foreseeable future

New era in airline program funding

The 2017 budget marks the last time, for the foreseeable future, that funding the airline program won’t rely in part on a .25 percent general city sales tax to help attract winter flights to the Yampa Valley.

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Dramatic Tree Haus wooden bridge gets hands-on treatment

Taking care of Routt County's wooden bridge

Strapped into a safety harness affixed to the Tree Haus Bridge, Jace Smith stood perched above the Yampa River and reached above his head to apply a coat of transparent finish to one of the heavy timbers of the bridge.

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Poultry rule the roost as Routt County Fair livestock shows begin

Chickens have personality's too

“He’s really sweet, he’s happy a lot, but sometimes he pecks me.” — Dyllan Spitzley, 13, talking about her champion rooster at the Routt County Fair.

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Routt County Commissioner District 1 challenger Bob Dapper had raised $35,055 by July 23

Dapper's campaign funding more than triple Corrigan's

As of July 28, Commissioner District I challenger Tim Corrigan has raised $35,055 in campaign funds compared to $9,569 for incumbent Tim Corrigan.

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Steamboat's high temperatures could crest in mid 70s for the weekend

Cooling trend arrives late in week

After an overnight low of 42 degrees Friday into Saturday, the first day of the weekend promises to be mostly sunny with a high of 75 degrees.

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4-H Western Horse Show leads off Routt County Fair

Banana, cherry, lime snow cones are one of the keys to success in 4-H Western Horse Show.

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Treasurer explains legal constraints that complicate acceptance of Peabody's property taxes

Taxes bound up in the interest

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn explains legal constraints she says prevent her from accepting Peabody Energy's/Twentymile Coal's property taxes, as offered

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King Cardinal performs in revival of classic train tour

Trains pulled the Silver Circuit

The history of the Silver Circuit is all about the railroads generating business and delivering entertainment to remote mountain towns such as Steamboat Springs.

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Busy pedestrian crossing at Steamboat Ski Area base undergoing re-make

One of the most apparent changes at the intersection of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive will be the installation of four-way stop signs at the intersection.

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Routt County Commissioners hear law enforcement concerns on rural pot grows

Town of Breckenridge detective urges Routt County Commissioners to ensure they have 'teeth' in their regulations if they choose to allow marijuana grow facilities.

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Jim Golden played an 'electrifying' role in building Steamboat

Steamboat's last mayor dies at 89

The late Jim Golden took Yampa Valley Electric Association from 4,000 customers and less than $1 million in annual revenues to 18,500 meters and annual revenues of $26 million.

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New Gallery 89 opens in time for First Friday Art Walk

Gallery shows work of artists near and far

Gallerist Rufina Tegeder is blending works by local and international artists at the opening show of her new Gallery 89 at 1009 Lincoln Avenue

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Romick's photos show a creative eye for the West

Jace Romick's photographs capture classic cars showing the patina of age, as well as action photos comprising details of cowboy gear and tack.

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Jace Romick has a creative eye for the West

Jace Romick's closeups of classic cars showing the patina of age, as well as action photos comprising details of cowboy gear and tack.

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Gooding brothers seek to build small homes in historic Steamboat neighborhood

The Gooding brothers describe their planned Brooklyn Bluff subdivision as a model for how infill development can work in Steamboat Springs.

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Highway department ready to study future of detour routes when I-70 closes in Glenwood Canyon

The Colorado Department of Transportation is preparing to take a fresh look at the limitations of Colorado Highway 131 serving as an emergency detour route for traffic when I-70 is shut down.

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Late July weather good for berries, tough on firefighters

Dry storm made fire fighting tougher

Nearly two-thirds of Steamboat Springs moisture in July fell in the first five days of the month.

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Terry Tempest Williams explores Americans' bond with their national parks

“We are not the only species who lives and dreams and loves on the planet.” — Author Terry Tempest Williams

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Steamboat Springs Chamber surveys seasonal housing for one of four new working groups

In the case of the seasonal housing market, Steamboat is competing directly with the other mountain resort towns and their ability to provide housing.

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Steamboat delegate to Democratic Convention inspired to work for change

“Democracy is messy, and progress is often slow, but it is worth it and it is important, and I will dedicate the rest of my life to public service." – Erin Biggs

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Author Sureva Towler recalls her favorite Northwest Colorado history books

A person could spend the better part of a lifetime amassing, reading and appreciating a collection of Western history books to the likes of those in the personal library of the prolific author Sureva Towler of Steamboat Springs.

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County has budding interest in pot

Looking only at grow facilities, no retail

Routt County officials have studied the policies of other counties that allow marijuana grow operations, as well as the experience of the nearby town of Oak Creek.

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Steamboat woman on way to Democratic National Convention

Biggs remains loyal to Bernie

Democratic National Convention delegate Erin Biggs, of Steamboat Springs, interned for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy while in college.

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Old cabins at Perry-Mansfield retain the spirit of 'the Ladies' who found the arts camp

Charlotte and Portia's spirits live on

Longtime Perry-Mansfield drama teacher senses the presence of "the Ladies" in vintage log cabins

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Peabody spokesperson says the company wants to move swiftly to clear up overdue tax bills

A Peabody spokesperson said July 20 the company has already begun the process of contacting county treasurers to make arrangements to pay overdue property taxes.