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Matt Stensland

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Traffic stop yields three heroin arrests

During a traffic stop early Thursday morning, Routt County Sheriff's Office K-9 Boomer smelled drugs, and three heroin arrests were made.

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Steamboat police chief finalists wrap up second day of interviews

Five members of the Steamboat Springs community learned a lot more about the five police chief finalists, who were chosen from a pool of 96 applicants.

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Steamboat police chief candidates meet community

It was clear to everyone during Wednesday night's community reception that Steamboat Springs has a choice of five qualified candidates to fill the role of the city's new police chief.

Steamboat man suspected of incest

Steamboat Springs police Tuesday arrested a 48-year-old man who is suspected of sexually assaulting his daughter.

Election 2015: Hayden voters to decide marijuana tax, fluoride issue

Residents of Hayden will vote on a tax on marijuana cultivation and whether or not to put fluoride in the town's water supply.

Election 2015: Proposition BB decides whether state keeps marijuana tax revenues

With Proposition BB, Colorado voters will decide whether the state gets to keep marijuana tax revenues or refund that tax money back to taxpayers and the marijuana industry.

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Hayden chief hits milestone

Hayden Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski hit a milestone in his career last week when he received the executive certification from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Big Agnes/Honey Stinger co-founder selected for outdoor recreation group

A Steamboat Springs business owner has been tapped to help guide the state's newly formed Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, or OREC.

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Device could lock down trash from bears

Rollin Stone thinks he has found the solution, or he is at least very close.

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Colorado Supreme Court justices hear feedback on open records rules

The Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday heard both praise and criticism for new rules being considered to govern what judicial system records will be made available to the public.

Woman arrested after DUI crash

A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces charges of felony vehicular assault following a DUI crash Tuesday night.

Hayden to finalize details for special marijuana election

The special election is slated for Jan 26.

Steamboat man charged with distributing heroin

Matthew J. Klodt was arrested Tuesday night by the All Crimes Enforcement Team multi-agency drug task force.

United flight makes emergency landing at YVRA

A United flight with about 70 people on board made a safe emergency landing Wednesday morning at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

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Plea deal possible in Zimmerman homicide case

Lucas Johnson could be sentenced to 48 years in prison

During court Tuesday, it was revealed that Lucas Johnson, the man accused of murdering Steamboat Springs resident Ed Zimmerman, is considering pleading to second-degree murder and a sentence of 48 years in prison.

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Steamboat running series wraps up at Emerald Mountain

Watkins Fulk-Gray had plenty of reasons to celebrate Saturday.

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Steamboat Springs 2015 marijuana sales top $5 million

The marijuana industry continues to prosper in Steamboat Springs with sales surpassing $5 million during the first seven months of 2015.

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NPR, Wild Rose trails officially open

Steamboat Springs City Council member Scott Myller without hesitation made a very bold statement Friday from Emerald Mountain overlooking the city.

As winter approaches, bear activity increases

Recently, local police and wildlife officers have received more calls about bears.

More information released about former Steamboat Today editor's death

After a second body was found in the course of a week, Boulder police released additional information about Mark Louden's death.

Two new Emerald Mountain trails await cyclists, hikers

On Friday, cycling enthusiasts will celebrate the two newest trails on Emerald Mountain.

City of Steamboat announces six police chief finalists

Interim Steamboat Springs Police Chief Jerry DeLong is among the six police chief finalists announced Tuesday by the city.

Three-week trial scheduled for Thomas Lee Johnson

Thomas Lee Johnson has pleaded not guilty again for the May 2000 murder of Lori Bases.

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Event will celebrate conservation of land

The public is invited to an event Saturday to celebrate a piece of property that has been conserved, providing the public access to a pristine part of the Yampa River.

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Boulder police investigating death of former Steamboat Today editor

Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall stated in a news release that Mark Louden, 45, was found Wednesday morning in a small wooded area near his residence at 1141 Monroe Drive in Boulder.

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Author, climber recall first Mount Everest expedition

The spirit of adventure was alive in Library Hall on Tuesday night, as a visiting author detailed one of the most ambitious expeditions by Americans.

Enough signatures collected for Hayden marijuana vote

Hayden residents will likely be able to cast a vote on a contentious marijuana issue that has divided the town.

Former Steamboat Springs police officer pleads not guilty

Former Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle pleaded not guilty in district court Wednesday.

Cause of death for missing hunter still unclear

An initial autopsy performed Sunday did not reveal an obvious cause of death for Richard Harkins, the 43-year-old Minnesota hunter found last week in North Routt County.

Former police officer charged with felony denied preliminary hearing

A judge has ruled that former Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle is not entitled to a preliminary hearing related to a felony charge filed against her.

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When seconds count

Steamboat-based air ambulance service logs close to 300 missions

Steamboat-based air ambulance service logs close to 300 missions

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Body of missing hunter located

After a four-day search, the body of missing 43-year-old Minnesota hunter Richard "Rick" Harkins was found Friday.

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Police department denies newspaper access to reports

Interim Steamboat Springs Police Chief Jerry DeLong on Thursday denied the Steamboat Today's records request for reports related to the police department investigation.

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Arrest made in Emerald Mountain trailhead vandalism case

A 22-year-old man who was sitting in jail after a DUI crash Wednesday night has admitted to causing the thousands of dollars worth of damage to the Emerald Mountain trailhead project.

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Search for missing hunter continues today

Family members of Richard “Rick” Harkins on Thursday remained very concerned after the second day of searching for the missing Minnesota bow hunter yielded no results.

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Day 2 of search for missing hunter underway

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch on Thursday identified the missing man as Richard Harkins, 41.

Search continues for missing hunter

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, the search continued for a 41-year-old Minnesota man who had not returned from bow hunting.

Coroner releases name of man who died in crash

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg on Tuesday identified the man who died in a North Routt County car crash last week as James Kemper.

Suspected forest marijuana growers remain in custody

Two men suspected of growing nearly 1,000 marijuana plants in the Routt National Forest remained in federal custody Friday.

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Man dies in North Routt crash

Joggers found the crash, which Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Rob Debelak said occurred during the early morning hours Thursday.

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Longtime friends partner in law firm

Two longtime friends and Steamboat Springs residents have joined to form the Cantafio Hammond law firm.

Judge makes ruling in Pollard case

A judge has ruled on whether a man accused of murder in Routt County can appear at hearings without shackles and in street clothes.

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Hinsvark: Investigator found "paramilitary" culture at Steamboat Springs Police Department

During her final hours as Steamboat Springs city manager, Deb Hinsvark, during an interview Tuesday, shared some more details about the investigation into the police department.

Thomas Lee Johnson's latest murder trial could be held in Routt County

The man imprisoned for the May 2000 slaying of a Steamboat Springs woman is returning to Routt County, where a new trial might take place.

Karzen promoted to assistant district attorney

The former Routt County chief deputy district attorney is now the assistant district attorney for the district, encompassing Routt, Moffat and Grand counties.

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Marijuana legalization debated at Freedom Conference

Fox journalist and Fox News contributor Mary Katherine Ham, it was difficult to take a side during Friday's Freedom Conference debate on marijuana legalization.

Haze moves out, drier weather moving in

After a soggy Thursday, mostly clear skies were expected to return to the Yampa Valley Friday.

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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.

Six weeks after records request, councilman sees 'pattern of avoidance'

It has been more than six weeks after a records request and interim Steamboat Springs police chief Jerry DeLong still has not decided whether to release three reports related to an independent police department investigation that led to the resignations of the department's two leaders.

Hayden resident pursuing option to recall marijuana vote

A Hayden resident has taken the next step to let voters decide whether marijuana cultivation should be allowed in Hayden.