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Steamboat City Council approves e-bike policy

April 19, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs City Council pedaled into the future Tuesday night when it voted to legalize the use of electric bicycles on two trails in the city. The e-bike policy will allow class 1 electric bicycles, which use motors to help a

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Steamboat business owner has issues with pot shops being stuck in west side of town

April 18, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A business owner in West Steamboat Springs doesn't think it's fair that the city's elected officials are keeping all three of the city's marijuana dispensaries on his side of the city. Steamboat Rentals owner Jack Horner told the City Council this week

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Routt County treasurer withholding tax money from Steamboat after tax error discovered

April 18, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn is withholding more than $100,000 of tax revenue from the city of Steamboat Springs as a way to recover tax dollars Horn claims the county has mistakenly been paying to the city for more than a decade.

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Here’s where to expect construction delays in Steamboat Springs this summer

April 17, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Drivers in Steamboat Springs should start preparing themselves for the season of cone zones. A new roundabout, a culvert replacement and a repaving project on Yampa Street are among the projects that will slow traffic down in parts of the city this

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Routt County commissioners scrutinize treasurer’s legal spending at tense hearing

April 17, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — At a tense meeting Tuesday afternoon, two Routt County commissioners felt they had no choice but to accept a legal bill from their county treasurer that the commissioners had serious concerns about. Commissioner Tim Corrigan said he thinks Treasurer Brita Horn's recent

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Arnold brother surprised, thankful, after Steamboat rallies to save his family’s barn

April 16, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Glenn Arnold thought the old barn in Steamboat Springs where he took care of cows as a child and sought shelter from thunderstorms would just fall down someday and fuel a big bonfire. So there was still a sense of surprise in

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Routt County’s 2 state treasurer candidates don’t qualify for ballot at state assembly

April 16, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County Republicans Brett Barkey and Brita Horn came up short Saturday in their efforts to qualify as primary candidates in the race for Colorado treasurer. At the GOP state assembly in Boulder, Barkey and Horn placed second and fourth place, respectively,

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Steamboat Springs City Council to consider e-bike policy Tuesday

April 15, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs City Council will decide Tuesday whether a class of electric bicycles will be allowed to keep zipping down the Yampa Rive Core Trail. The Council approved a yearlong trial program for class one e-bikes on the Core Trail and

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City of Steamboat tries to find new caretaker for Igloo building

April 12, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs is hoping someone will find a new use for an old modular building that has hosted a lot of play time and learning in its life as a child care center. The building, known affectionately as “the

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Routt County exploring potential purchase of newspaper offices in west Steamboat

April 11, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County is eyeing the current Steamboat Pilot & Today headquarters in west Steamboat as a potential place to put county offices. County officials have taken multiple tours of the newspaper offices on Curve Court this winter. The county's interest in the

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Brand new model of business jet makes stops at Steamboat Springs Airport

April 10, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs Airport is used to welcoming unique aircrafts ranging from the CH-47 Chinook that landed from Fort Carson on Tuesday to a convoy of Blackhawk helicopters that made a pit stop here in December. But it's not too often the airport

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Routt County treasurer defends legal spending

April 10, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn is defending her use of taxpayer money to have an outside lawyer in Denver help the treasurer respond to allegations she was improperly working on her state treasurer’s campaign from her office. The spending, which totaled $945

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Steamboat police responding to 1st bear calls of the season

April 9, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — They're waking up, and they're very hungry. Black bears in Steamboat Springs are also starting to become the subject of police calls after one of them reportedly snuck into someone's basement on Mira Vista Court around 2 a.m. Saturday. Officers later found

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Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn’s legal bills draw scrutiny from fellow elected officials

April 9, 2018 — Records show Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn spent almost $1,000 in February to have a Denver-based attorney help Horn respond to allegations she was improperly working on her state treasurer’s campaign.

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Steamboat City Council members vent about River Queen playground predicament

April 6, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Some Steamboat Springs City Council members have grown impatient and frustrated with the uncertainty surrounding the future of an iconic riverboat-themed playground that was the subject of a public outcry when the community learned it was going to be torn down. The

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Old ski lift route on Emerald could soon be designated as a trail for hikers and horseback riders

April 6, 2018 — Hikers and horseback riders could soon have a trail on Emerald Mountain all to themselves.

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Yampa River Botanic Park stewards seek solutions for parking issue

April 5, 2018 — Stewards of the Yampa River Botanic Park are asking the city for some dedicated parking spaces.

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Steamboat City Council approves historic barn preservation plan after debate about night lights

April 4, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Walter Arnold probably never imagined that one day, long after he was gone, elected officials in Steamboat Springs would spend more than 20 minutes of their evening debating whether lights should illuminate the outside of Arnold's barn late at night. The lighting

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Steamboat City Council snuffs out pot shop’s relocation plans

April 3, 2018 — Rocky Mountain Remedies employees and supporters gasped and expressed surprise and disappointment Tuesday after the Steamboat Springs City Council blocked the pot shop’s plans to move to a more visible location between downtown and Steamboat Ski area.

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Steamboat seeking volunteers for its adopt-a-trail program

April 2, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs is revamping a trail adoption program that became somewhat inactive after the city's parks and recreation department had to cut several employees during the Great Recession. City open space and trails coordinator Jenny Carey said Monday several

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