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Steamboat adventurer Kim Hess prepares to bag 7th summit in epic quest to climb each continent’s tallest peak

February 23, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There are no avalanches, strict payment deadlines, third jobs or rigorous training regimens for Kim Hess to worry about this spring as she prepares to embark on the final chapter of an epic seven-year-long adventure. There will be no danger in lingering

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Steamboat Springs retires the ‘mozzarella cheese index’ that helped restaurants prepare for weekend crowds

February 22, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs City Council member Scott Ford recalled that Tracy Barnett was animated on a summer day in the mid-1990s when she walked into the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center to announce some bad news. Her Italian restaurant had run out of mozzarella

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Steamboat bus, taxi and shuttle services prepare to go into overdrive for busy concert weekend

February 20, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The last time Steamboat Springs held a bluegrass music festival at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, more than 12,000 passengers crammed into free city buses on a Saturday and made Feb. 25, 2017, the busiest day in SST's history. This year,

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City of Steamboat prepares to add new roundabout at busy intersection at Steamboat Ski Area base

February 19, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A busy intersection at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, which sometimes sees traffic backups at the end of the ski day, is poised to be rebuilt into the city's latest roundabout. Officials say the new roundabout at Ski Time Square Drive

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2 skiers rescued from Fish Creek Canyon area

February 16, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers and Steamboat Ski Area patrollers were able to rescue a 50-year-old man who reportedly suffered a broken lower leg while skiing out of bounds near Fish Creek Canyon on Thursday. Ski patrollers helped the man get

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From mushrooms to pack rafts, entrepreneurs pitch ideas to group of investors in Steamboat

February 15, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Five Colorado entrepreneurs took the stage at the Chief Theater on Thursday to try to secure funding for their unique business ideas that ranged from mushroom growing to a new hotel concept in Silverthorne. The entrepreneurs pitched to a crowd that was

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Some Steamboat City Council members raise concerns about potential property tax for fire services

February 14, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Some Steamboat Springs City Council members are throwing cold water on a potential ballot question that would ask city voters to join a fire district and endorse a new property tax to pay for firefighting and ambulance services. If passed, the tax

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More special events headed for Yampa Street? Steamboat City Council to weigh in on future of gatherings

February 12, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs City Council is set to weigh in on the future of special events in the city following a summer season when some elected officials noticed more honking and more residents than usual complained about traffic and other impacts. Should

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City of Steamboat almost ready to seek blueprints for Yampa River Queen playground’s replacement

February 12, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will help decide Wednesday night whether the city is ready to seek a new set of blueprints for the vessel that will replace the Yampa River Queen in West Lincoln Park. City officials have drafted

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Low snow? No problem. Steamboat stands at the top of the pack of resorts in snow-starved Colorado

February 11, 2018 — David Van Winkle knows exactly how stingy Mother Nature has been with the snow this season. The leader of Steamboat Springs' fleet of snowplows keeps meticulous records of the city's fleet, and he even keeps track of how much volcanic rock is put down for

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Steamboat City Council approves Old Town Hot Springs expansion plans

February 9, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Old Town Hot Springs is eying April 2 as the start date of a major renovation project that will allow the recreation facility to host more classes and improve the workouts of locals and tourists. "We are excited because we know we're

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Snow in forecast for Steamboat’s Winter Carnival

February 9, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Mother Nature might bring a couple of inches of fresh snow to the Winter Carnival festivities happening in Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning. But spectators looking to take in the big firework show at Howelsen Hill will want to bundle up and

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City of Steamboat eyes May 2019 move-in date for new police station

February 8, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — City officials in Steamboat Springs are hoping their police officers will move into a brand new police station in May 2019 after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved agreements and land contracts for the new facility. The next big test for

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‘Our community is suffering’: Steamboat City Council member says inaction on affordable housing policies would send a bad message

February 8, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs City Council member appeared frustrated Tuesday by what she felt was the city's inaction in recent years on enacting any policies to promote the creation of new workforce housing. Councilwoman Sonja Macys was specifically critical of the continued suspension

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City of Steamboat Springs moving forward with ice arena expansion

February 7, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs has taken another big step toward adding a second sheet of ice at Howelsen Ice Arena that will double as a covered sports practice field when winter ends. The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve

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From shovel racing to skijoring, 8 must-see Winter Carnival street events

February 7, 2018 — Adult shovel race There's a reason this annual event is always referred to as "famous." Brave adults hold on tight to a shovel as they are towed at full speed down Lincoln Avenue by a horse. The fastest shovel rider wins, and falling off results

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Steamboat City Council to consider forming citizen committee for potential fire tax question

February 5, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — City officials have started meeting with the Steamboat Springs Area Fire Protection District to lay the groundwork for a possible ballot initiative that would ask Steamboat voters to pay for their firefighting and EMS services with a new property tax. In a

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Lane Iacovetto launches campaign for Routt County treasurer

February 5, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A lifelong Routt County resident who helped turn her family's working ranch west of Steamboat on Trout Creek into a major tourist draw has announced a campaign for Routt County treasurer. Lane Iacovetto, Routt County's deputy clerk and recorder, said she wants

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Sen. Cory Gardner holds economic roundtable with business leaders in Steamboat Springs

February 3, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Business leaders and elected officials in Steamboat Springs had the ear of a United States senator for about an hour Friday at Colorado Mountain College. Business leaders asked Cory Gardner for help on rising health insurance premiums that have stung residents in

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City of Steamboat Springs still saw revenue grow in December despite lack of snow

February 2, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — City officials in Steamboat Springs were happy to learn this week the city collected more tax revenue in December than it did at the same time in 2016 despite a lack of snowfall for much of the month. "With December being our

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