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Free-roaming horses symbolize centuries of the untamed history of the American West

The hard reality may be that growing wild horse populations have the capacity to eat themselves into starvation while irreversibly damaging the range.

Red Cross helping Steamboat family displaced by trailer fire

Steamboat Springs Fire Marshal Doug Shaffer said the family was eating dinner Monday evening when they noticed an ember come down from a pipe on a wood stove that was in use.

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Sustainability on display during Green Tour

The latest and greatest in green building technologies will be on display Oct. 25 during a tour of three Steamboat Springs homes and the Routt County Justice Center.

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Local botanist and herbalist completed new book as a guide to medicinal and edible plants of the region

Residents Karen Vail and Mary O'Brien used their passion for the world of plants to create a new resource for the public in their new book, “Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies.”

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Fundraisers launched for Steamboat restaurant owner displaced by house fire

Stone, who owns Sharon's Restaurant in Steamboat Springs, came home from work on Wednesday afternoon to discover the living room of the home she was renting in Hayden was engulfed in smoke and flames.

Forest Service plans more dead lodgepole harvest in North Routt County

Most of Routt County is oblivious to the heavy logging trucks that carry the logs out of the forest because it’s all headed north to a sawmill in Saratoga, Wyoming.

Prescribed burns planned in northern Routt County

Routt National Forest fire crews are planning to conduct multiple prescribed burns this fall near Crane Park in northern Routt County. The initial burn could take place as early as Oct. 1.

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Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf retires after 38 years

Retiring Routt County Environmental Health Director Zopf was 24 years old in 1977 when he spied a job opening in Steamboat that became his life's work.

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Feds announce sage grouse doesn't need endangered species listing

Five years of hand-wringing came to a happy end Tuesday with the announcement that the greater sage grouse, an ancient ground bird native to sagebrush habitat throughout 11 Western states, would not be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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Greater sage grouse decision expected Tuesday

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is expected to announce tomorrow whether or not the greater sage grouse should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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City participating in ranking program to grade Steamboat on sustainability efforts

The city of Steamboat Springs is nearing completion of a community survey that will be used to generate a report that ranks Steamboat for its health, inclusiveness and prosperity.

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Steamboat firefighters helping at Montana fire

With forest fire firefighting resources stretched thin across the country, three Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called up Wednesday to help with a fire in Montana.

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Sustainability Council's ReTree program heads to the classroom

Students at Steamboat Springs High School will be the first to pilot a new environmental literacy curriculum created by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

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130-acre Strawberry Fire near Meeker burns 12 vehicles, 4 outbuildings

Fire is 100 percent contained

A 135-acre fire two miles west of Meeker called the Strawberry Fire burned 12 vehicles and four outbuildings along County Road 7 Thursday, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office.

4 outbuildings, 12 vehicles lost in 135-acre fire in Rio Blanco

A 135-acre fire in Meeker off County Road 7 Thursday burned 12 vehicles and four outbuildings, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. The fire was located roughly 2.5 miles up from Highway 64, and it's now 50 percent contained. Meeker Fire Department is in charge of the fire.