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Matt Stensland

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Storm Peak Brewing Company to expand, move locations

Storm Peak Brewing Company has not been able to keep up with demand, and it announced plans Wednesday to move a couple of blocks down the road into a larger building.

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Rain, snow help calm fires

Moisture over the weekend has helped calm the Silver Creek Fire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area east of Stagecoach.

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Woman suspected of burglary, drug possession

A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs woman faces felony charges related to burglary and drugs after an incident Saturday.

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Steamboat volleyball falls to Eagle Valley in 4 sets

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team looked sharp, and enthusiasm was high during the squad's first set against Eagle Valley on Saturday.

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Running series wraps up

The final Steamboat Springs Running Series race of the season proved to be unlike any other this year.

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Jury seated for murder trial

After a selection process that took nearly four days, a jury of 10 men and five women was selected Friday to decide whether 46-year-old Thomas Lee Johnson is guilty of the May 2000 slaying of Lori Bases.

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Police to carry life-saving overdose drug

Local police and members of the public will be trained to administer a drug that could save the life of someone who has overdosed on drugs.

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Radar offline for upgrades

The radar at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction is offline through at least Friday while upgrades are made.

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Logs snarl Routt County Road 129 after crash

It took a small community to clear the road Wednesday morning after a log truck rolled and scattered its load of lodgepole pine trees along Routt County Road 129.

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Fire activity increases in Routt County

On Tuesday morning, smoke had settled in the Yampa Valley after the previous day's increased fire activity.

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Extreme behavior

Firefighters in the region are reporting unprecedented fire activity at regional fires this summer. With stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees littering the forest, officials believe the fire activity will only continue in future years, putting homes and property at risk.

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Hayden School District puts mill levy on ballot

The Hayden School District is in a financial bind and will be asking voters to pay additional taxes so the district can buy new buses.

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Man fires shots to scare away moose

A resident found out Monday that trying to scare away a moose by firing a gun is frowned upon in Steamboat Springs.

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Boy found gun in closet, according to reports

Reports released Monday by the Routt County Sheriff's Office detail how 3-year-old Gavin Stiles got access to his father's gun and fatally shot himself.

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Parents won't be charged with crime related to child's death

A grand jury for the 14th Judicial District has decided the parents of Gavin Stiles should not be charged with a crime related to the 3-year-old’s death.

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Intrawest reports $113.1M in earnings

Intrawest, parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., reported earnings of $113.1 million for the 2016 fiscal year, which ended July 31.

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10 years of ballin' in the 'Boat

With no league in Steamboat Springs, kickball enthusiasts have learned to get their fix from the annual two-day Kickball Klassic tournament.

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Dispatchers inundated during smoke scare

Routt County Communications supervisor Tammy Shupp said that between 2 and 7 p.m., they were fielding non-stop calls from concerned residents.

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Lost Solar Fire source of smoke in Yampa Valley

Strong southwest winds ushered in smoke to the Yampa Valley from a wildfire burning in the Blanco Ranger District in a remote area of the Flat Tops Wilderness

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Soroco falls to top-5 team

The Soroco High School football team was up for the challenge Friday night, but Norwood High School ran away with the 36-6 victory.

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Sidewalk work starting on Oak Street

Downtown Lincoln Avenue will be sandwiched by construction starting Tuesday when work begins on Oak Street.

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Preliminary hearing scheduled in manslaughter case

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the Steamboat Springs man charged with felony manslaughter.

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Accidental shooting case still pending in DA's Office

Three-year-old Gavin Stiles shot himself with his father's police-department-issued handgun, according to a final autopsy report released this week by Routt Coroner Rob Ryg.

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Gunshots from helicopters spook South Routt County residents

Some South Routt County residents were caught off guard when they heard gunshots being fired from helicopters overhead on Monday.

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Routt County Humane Society to the rescue

Since the Routt County Humane Society took over the animal shelter in May 2015 from the city of Steamboat Springs, the shelter has taken in about 16 animals from other communities.

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Staffing reduced at Silver Creek Fire

Staffing at the Silver Creek Fire burning southeast of Stagecoach Reservoir has been reduced because of minimal fire behavior.

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Steamboat lands bluegrass music festival

A winter music festival with a national following has found a new home in Steamboat Springs.

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Computer modeling aids firefighters

Fire officials do not anticipate the Silver Creek fire to grow nearly as large as the Beaver Creek fire burning on the other side of the Continental Divide.

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Forest Service wants input

Some residents were curious while others were anxious when the U.S. Forest Service hosted an open house Thursday evening to gather feedback concerning improvements at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Peabody backs out of reservoir project

Peabody Energy has backed away from plans to build the 400-acre Trout Creek Reservoir about 15 miles southwest of Steamboat Springs.

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Stagecoach event will attempt to set record

Stand-up paddleboarders, kayakers and others on non-motorized boats should show up at Stagecoach State Park beach promptly at 3:30 p.m. Saturday if they want to be a part of history.

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Wildfire prompts small closure

A wildfire reported Saturday has prompted a small closure in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.

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Fire grows to 25 acres

Despite cool, overcast weather, the Silver Creek Fire grew to 25 acres Tuesday and continued to eat though dead, beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees.

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Woman seriously injured in boating accident

A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces a felony after a woman was seriously injured in a boating accident Sunday at Stagecoach Reservoir.

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1-acre fire burning in Sarvis Creek Wilderness

A small fire was reported Saturday in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.

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Hard work pays off at livestock sale

At the Routt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale, it’s all about the kids and helping them out.

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Continental Divide race tests runners

Grueling, yet beautiful, was how runners described Saturday’s Continental Divide Trail Race.

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Solar array will power low-income homes

Work is under way to build a new solar array in Steamboat Springs that will benefit low-income residents.

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New signage helps emergency responders

New trail signage on Emerald Mountain helped emergency responders rescue a mountain biker Thursday.

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Same plane declares another emergency landing

An American Eagle regional jet originating from Dallas again landed safely at Yampa Valley Regional Airport after declaring an emergency Thursday.

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Second marijuana grow proposed for Hayden

Two developers are proposing a second marijuana growing facility in Hayden.

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Family: Murphy Roberts, 22, lived life to the fullest

Siblings of Murphy Roberts remember the 22-year-old as a determined young man with a bright future who accepted any challenge.

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Officials swoop in to rescue injured owl at Routt County Fair

A great horned owl drew some attention Tuesday after it had to be rescued during the Routt County Fair.

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Lost hiker guided out by the moon

A 23-year-old woman who moved from Minnesota to Steamboat Springs three weeks ago got a crash course in outdoor survival Sunday night.

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Hayden offering free, all-day kindergarten

The Hayden School District is proudly enrolling boys and girls in free, all-day kindergarten.

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Locals shine at Steamboat Stinger

Many of Saturday's Steamboat Stinger athletes will be able to put their feet up and enjoy the rest of the weekend, but the work is not over for several others, who will push their limits again Sunday.

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Steamboat Ski Area working toward improvements

Steamboat Ski Area has entered the lengthy process of getting federal approval for improvements that include two new lifts, an additional gondola and further development within the existing permitted boundary.

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Marijuana decision the 'best compromise'

A local marijuana business owner has mixed feelings about a decision by federal officials related to the legality of marijuana.

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Plane lands safely following emergency

An American Eagle regional jet originating from Dallas landed safely at Yampa Valley Regional Airport after declaring an emergency Thursday.

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Oak Creek to consider marijuana ordinance

The Oak Creek Town Board on Thursday will consider an ordinance that would place restrictions on how residents grow marijuana.

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