Scott Franz

Scott Franz 12 hours, 9 minutes 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

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Scott Franz 2 weeks, 2 days 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

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Scott Franz 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council set to weigh in on recommendation to buy riverside lot on Yampa Street

Pat,

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.

-Scott

970-871-4210 scottfranz@steamboattoday.com

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Scott Franz 1 year, 1 month ago on Steamboat City Council expected to discuss employee pay raise plan again on Tuesday

Something I was going to make clear in a story today is that the second and final reading of the city's budget is scheduled to happen Nov. 12, after the new council members are sworn in. There also will be a public hearing on the budget during that meeting.

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Scott Franz 1 year, 10 months ago on Heritage Christian School lunch menus for week of Feb. 4

Hi Max. Sorry about that, but I still only see Steamboat's menus for January. Feel free to post the link when they are updated, and we can publish the menu in an upcoming issue.

-Scott

970-871-4210

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Scott Franz 2 years, 10 months ago on Child care costs rising in Routt County

Mavis,

Unfortunately the Self Sufficiency Standard report does not include an estimate as to how much a family of four with two kids in daycare needed to make in 2011. Two adults with an infant and preschooler is the closest they have to that family makeup.

You can view the report here: http://www.selfsufficiencystandard.org/docs/Colorado2011.pdf

Data for Routt County is listed on page 85

Scott Franz 970-871-4210 scottfranz@steamboattoday.com

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