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Matt Stensland

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Statements on marijuana by Trump's press secretary spark local concerns

When Rocky Mountain Remedies co-owner Kevin Fisher began selling medical marijuana in August 2009, he knew he was going into a business filled with uncertainties.

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Final fatal avalanche report released

There is no evidence that a Steamboat Springs man was wearing an avalanche beacon when he was buried in an avalanche for more than an hour Feb. 14 in the Flat Tops Wilderness.

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Moose get the boot, moved to Craig

Three moose were napping on the Steamboat Grand’s front yard Thursday, while another set was exploring their new home north of Craig.

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Complaint prompts investigation of District Attorney's Office

A former Steamboat Springs police officer has accused a Routt County District Attorney’s Office investigator of felony perjury, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

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Snow, cold making a return to Steamboat

Some much needed snow was headed toward the Steamboat Springs area Tuesday.

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Jane Howell recipient of Hazie Werner award

A longtime Steamboat Springs resident who spent her career helping and caring for others is the recipient of this year’s Hazie Werner Award for Excellence.

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Coroner determines cause of death for avalanche victim

The Garfield County Coroner has determined the cause of death for the Steamboat Springs man killed in an avalanche Tuesday.

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Marijuana stores extend hours

Changes to local laws have extended the hours of local marijuana dispensaries.

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Deadly avalanche stretched 880 feet

Investigators have learned more about the avalanche that killed Steamboat Springs resident Jesse Christensen, but questions remain.

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Brothers suspected of posing as housekeepers charged with burglary

Quishani D. Arlington, 24, and Deven R. Arlington-Hernandez, 22, have been charged with felony second-degree burglary, second-degree trespassing and theft. Their bond was set at $10,000.

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Fund established for avalanche victim's family

A fund has been established for Jesse Christensen, the 55-year-old Routt County man who died tragically in an avalanche Tuesday.

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Friends, family remember avalanche victim

Friends and family of Jesse Christensen remember him as a talented artist, musician, devout Mormon and a genuine cowboy who deeply loved his family.

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Wish You Were Here, Steamboat 360: Winter Carnival Street Events

Residents and visitors lined the streets Saturday for the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Street Events.

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It's show time for 48-inch firework at Winter Carnival's Night Extravaganza

Steamboat Springs fireworks enthusiast Tim Borden is ready to make history again Saturday when he launches what is believed to be the heaviest firework launched in North America.

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Steamboat Chamber names new CEO

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has hired from within and chosen Kara Stoller as its next CEO.

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Free food program may go away in Hayden

Hayden Valley Elementary School principal Rhonda Sweetser recently sent a letter to parents letting them know the Totally Kids Summer Day Camp free food program is in jeopardy.

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Unresponsive man hits parked car in Steamboat parking lot

Steamboat Springs police and firefighters responded to the Knoll parking lot for a man who was breathing but unresponsive.

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Steamboat arrest sheds light on prescription drug epidemic

A recent arrest helps further illustrate the inner workings of a prescription drug epidemic that is killing people in Routt County.

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Controlled burn taking place on Emerald Mountain

Residents should not be concerned if they see smoke and fire on Emerald Mountain.

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Winter Carnival 2017: Borden goes big again with Night Extravaganza fireworks

Tim Borden returns this year with another 48-inch shell, but this one will be packed with more powder and be 50 pounds heavier, weighing about 1,275 pounds.

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Moose could get the boot from Steamboat Ski Area

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are making plans to evict a pair of moose that have been causing problems at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Intrawest hush-hush on any potential sale

Intrawest announced making $7.1 during the second quarter ending Dec. 31. During the same time period in 2016, the company lost $6.9, largely due to poor snow conditions at its resorts in the Northeast.

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Artists raising funds for Fish Creek Falls light installation

Two artists who frequent Steamboat Springs are raising money to build a temporary light installation at Fish Creek Falls.

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Psychiatric hospital expansion planned

An expansion of the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, could help alleviate the mental health woes in Routt County and other communities in western Colorado.

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Overheard at the bar: The Record for Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

8:50 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a car with Texas plates speeding and swerving in and out of traffic at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.

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Rescued men clarify story

Two men, who were rescued by Routt County Search and Rescue on Jan. 12 during a mission that injured a volunteer in an avalanche, are grateful to the organization, but they believe some wrong information was given to the public.

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Woman may have been ejected in Steamboat Springs crash

A woman was injured after she was ejected from her car Friday in Steamboat Springs.

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Bathroom fan causes fire at Stagecoach condo

Smoke detectors and the smell of smoke alerted neighbors to a fire Friday morning at a Stagecoach condo complex.

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Preliminary hearing canceled for Steamboat man accused of underage sex, drug, prostitution crimes

After a lengthy delay Thursday, the Steamboat Springs man charged with 41 felonies related to accusations that he exchanged drugs for sex with underage girls ultimately decided he did not want a preliminary hearing.

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Fine policy for rescues at Steamboat Ski Area might be working

Officials at Steamboat Ski Area believe the possibility of a fine is working to deter inexperienced skiers and riders from venturing out of bounds into dangerous terrain.

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Women's March on Steamboat Springs surpasses expectations

Organizers were filled with pride as an estimated 1,000 people marched through downtown Saturday during the Women’s March on Steamboat Springs.

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Hayden superintendent to retire

Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza said the board was disappointed to learn Kasper would be leaving.

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Search and Rescue called to help snowmobilers

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were called Thursday to help a group of three snowmobilers that got stuck on Buffalo Pass.

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Low avalanche danger could quickly change in Steamboat Springs area

After a period of high avalanche danger, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has downgraded the local avalanche danger to low.

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How rescuer Jay Bowman survived the slide

Routt County Search and Rescue member Jay Bowman now has a long plate with 13 screws holding his shattered arm together, some broken bones in a leg and five staples in the back of his head to remind him of the avalanche that nearly took his life Jan. 12 on Buffalo Mountain.

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Sun, then snow, returns to Steamboat Springs

After several days of low clouds in the Yampa Valley, the sun returned to Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. Snow might return to the area as soon as Friday.

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Two injured in head-on crash in Routt County

Two drivers received minor injuries after being involved in a head-on collision Tuesday morning on Routt County Road 16 leading to Lynx Pass.

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Inside the Stagecoach Dam: Harnessing the Power

It is a careful balancing act at the Stagecoach Dam, where electricity is generated for homes, fish habitat is managed and water is stored for a time when cities, ranchers and industry need it.

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Reuters: Intrawest, owner of Steamboat Ski Area, exploring a sale

The news agency was citing sources who wanted to remain anonymous because the talks were confidential.

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Avalanche injures Search and Rescue volunteer during mission

A Routt County Search and Rescue member is expected to recover after being swept away in an avalanche Thursday night during a mission on Buffalo Pass.

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Woman suspected of stealing thousands from Steamboat Springs physical therapy employer

A 28-year-old Hayden woman is suspected of embezzling nearly $76,000 from Johnson and Johnson Physical Therapy in Steamboat Springs.

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Man must register as a sex offender

A 41-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to four months in Routt County Jail, must register as a sex offender for at least 10 years and undergo treatment after committing a sex crime against a woman.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of assaulting deputy

Andrew S. Balvanz was arrested on suspicion of DUI, careless driving, third-degree assault, resisting an officer and violation of a protection odor.

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Snow, wind create avalanche danger in Steamboat backcountry

Forecasters are warning of considerable danger in the backcountry after avalanche warnings were issued for many parts of Colorado, including the Steamboat Springs zone.

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Tax deterring marijuana business in Hayden

One of three groups hoping to open a marijuana grow facility in Hayden says a tax imposed by the town has created a roadblock.

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Skiers enjoy knee-deep powder at Steamboat Ski Area

The beards coming off the mountain told the story of an epic morning of powder skiing Thursday at the Steamboat Ski area.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of soliciting sex

A 43-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces charges of false imprisonment and solicitation of prostitution following an early-morning incident at the beginning of the new year.

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Steamboat Springs man suspected of dealing heroin

Shawn M. Ferrell was arrested Monday by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

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Avalanche watch issued for Steamboat zone

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche watch for the Steamboat area until 12 p.m. Thursday.

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Peabody emerging from bankruptcy

Last week, Peabody announced it had filed its plan of reorganization.

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