Scott Franz

Scott Franz 3 months, 1 week ago on City will hire deputy city manager


Winnie DelliQuadri is the second assistant to the city manager. She was previously the government programs manager.

Council member Tony Connell asked Hinsvark to consider coming up with a succession plan for a number of reasons, with the police investigation being one of them. He raised the issue most recently because of Casey Earp's departure. The succession planning also had been raised by some council members prior to the police investigation and Earp's departure.

Council President Bart Kounovsky told me Hinsvark would have to find the room in the budget to bring back the position, or seek approval of added expenses. Hinsvark said Earp's departure and the subtraction of an FTE made room for the deputy position.

-Scott Franz, Reporter


Scott Franz 4 months, 1 week ago on Sharon's restaurant brings comfort food to west side of town

I always want to put a "u" in that word where it shouldn't be. Thanks for pointing it out, and have a good weekend.



Scott Franz 6 months, 2 weeks ago on New shuttle coming to west Steamboat Springs to improve bus service

Hey Alan,

The existing Aqua Line bus schedule will continue. The shuttle is in addition to the existing bus schedule. The first Aqua Line picks up at the campground at 6:30 a.m., and it will continue to serve the campground midday when the shuttle isn't running. Let me know if you have any other questions.

-Scott Franz Reporter,, 970-871-4210


Scott Franz 7 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council gets an earful about recent cuts to winter bus service

Hey Dan,

I talked to the head of the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies about the marijuana issue recently for a story I'm publishing Dec. 28 about bus driver recruiting challenges. She told me the issue is with the drug testing requirements for drivers and the test's inability to determine exactly when someone consumed marijuana. For example, I was told a driver who has marijuana in his or her system two weeks before the test could fail it and not be able to drive even if they are not actively under the influence of marijuana while they are driving/testing. I touched on this issue in a story I wrote last year about recruiting challenges at SST. Here's what I wrote then:

"City bus drivers cannot have more than four points on their driver's licenses, and they can't have a drunken driving conviction, including a DUI or DWAI, that is less than seven years old.

Drivers also cannot have smoked marijuana in the 30 days prior to their hiring.

Transit Manager Jonathan Flint said he doesn't know how much the marijuana rule has impacted the applicant pool, but his department has fielded some questions about the requirement, especially after the state legalized recreational marijuana consumption for adults."

Let me know if you have any other questions. -Scott


Scott Franz 8 months ago on Founders of new food delivery business in Steamboat Springs were involved in travel company scam

Hey Thomss,

During my reporting, I did not call the Attorney General's Office to turn in the Wunders as you suggest. Before I made the call, I was not aware they were looking for the Wunders to serve them the judgment. My reason for the call to the AG's office was to check whether any other legal proceedings had taken place since the August judgment. I feel the AG's office was an appropriate source to check with for the story.

Scott Franz Reporter 970-871-4210


Scott Franz 1 year, 4 months ago on Steamboat City Council set to weigh in on recommendation to buy riverside lot on Yampa Street


I'm writing a story about the lodging tax discussion this afternoon. It will be online later today and in the paper tomorrow. No major decisions were made last night other than the council directing staff to do some research on the riverside piece of land on Yampa Street that houses the ambulance barn. I also thought it would be timely to attend today's lodging tax meeting at noon on trails and make it into one story. I'll have more info in the stories.

I decided last night to focus on the Howelsen Hill master plan discussion.