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Peabody posts bonds to ensure Twentymile Mine reclamation

The biggest mining company in the United States, which declared bankruptcy April 13, has posted bonds to ensure its Twentymile Mine in Routt County gets reclaimed in the event it were to close.

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One hospitalized after head-on crash

A head-on crash on the top of a snowy Rabbit Ears Pass closed down U.S. Highway 40 on Friday afternoon.

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Congressman planning visits for opioid abuse education

The trips are planned to begin in June, but it is not yet known if he will be visiting Routt or Moffat counties.

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Caution urged during agricultural burning season

Once again this year, Routt County officials are urging members of the agricultural community to use caution when undertaking burns.

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Bear issues again come to light

Council to consider revisions to city's trash ordinance

With bears again on the prowl and getting into garbage, local officials will again be asking new city council members if they want a more strict trash ordinance.

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Homicide case scheduled for arraignment

One of Routt County’s three homicide cases proceeded through the court system Tuesday.

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Video released; passenger wants seat belts on commuter buses

Passenger involved in March 29 accident calls for seat belts on buses

The video from inside the bus shows just how violent the crash was, and at least one bus rider says she will not feel safe again until the city of Steamboat Springs installs seat belts.

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Girl Scout honored for heroism

A Steamboat Springs High School sophomore is being recognized for the role she played in helping people injured in a bus crash March 29 on U.S. Highway 40.

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Melting snow floods parts of campground

What started as a trickle quickly turned into a steady stream of water Thursday night at Steamboat Campground.

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The high costs of detox

A detox facility comes at a high cost, but local officials feel it is a necessary one.

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Steamboat firefighters extinguish chimney fire

A Steamboat Springs home was not damaged when a chimney caught fire Thursday morning.

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Rain, snow showers likely for closing weekend

Meteorologists say closing weekend at the Steamboat Ski Area could be accompanied by some rain, as well as some snow at higher elevations.

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Law would limit marijuana advertising

Newspapers and First Amendment advocates are concerned about a bill moving through the Colorado legislature that would create rules for medical marijuana advertising.

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Snowmobilers rescued on Buffalo Pass

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers rescued two snowmobilers Thursday who got stuck Wednesday on Buffalo Pass.

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Public's help needed to identify elk poacher

A cash reward is being offered for information that leads authorities to find the person or persons responsible for illegally killing seven elk cows and calves near Steamboat Springs.

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Low-income resources available for legal issues

In the 14th Judicial District, encompassing Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, 75 percent of the people involved in domestic relation cases represented themselves in district court during fiscal year 2014.

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Investigators believe worn tires contributed to crash

The driver of a Ford Explorer that hit a Steamboat Springs Transit regional bus Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 40 has been admitted to Yampa Valley Medical Center and was listed in fair condition Wednesday.

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Hayden Town Council member stepping down

With the departure of one of its members, the Hayden Town Council is looking to fill a vacancy.

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Drug Take-Back Day yields 52.5 pounds

Drug Take-Back Day in Steamboat Springs took on a different flavor this year.

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Some bears awake, already getting into trash

Hibernation is over, city focuses on keeping bears out of trouble

The first day of spring Sunday signaled the imminent arrival of the bear season in Steamboat Springs.

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Man died doing what he loved

Family members on Friday identified the man who died Thursday after falling at the Steamboat Ski Area as Gustav "Gus" Herstik.

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Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday in Steamboat

It is time to clean out the medicine cabinets.

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Transient man suspected of felony trespassing

A transient man who was kicked off a Greyhound bus Wednesday faces a felony first-degree trespassing charge.

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Officials suspect medical condition caused skier's death

An elderly male skier died Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center after falling at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Drug drop off box installed at Sheriff's Office

In an effort to get unused drugs and addictive pain medications off the streets, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office has set up a permanent drop off site at its office.

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Doctor addresses opiate abuse, heroin

The final session of the Lunch & Learn series wrapped up Wednesday, but the conversation about opiate abuse in Routt County is not finished.

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Forest Service soliciting public input

In an effort to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, the U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on existing recreation facilities.

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Forest pot growers sentenced to federal prison

Alfonso Rodriguez-Vazquez and Nestor Fabian Sinaloa-Sinaloa, Mexican nationals who were in the country illegally, were arrested after authorities found the 3/4-acre grow site in the Buffalo Pass area. There were 926 plants seized.

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One pint at a time

The craft brewing industry in Routt County is booming, but it has not always been that way.

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Police chief working to fill ranks at department

A Steamboat Springs High School graduate who has spent the past 14 years at the Steamboat Police Department has been promoted to sergeant.

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Man still critical after sledding accident

The 25-year-old man involved in a sledding accident early Saturday morning at Howelsen Hill remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon, but family members were telling friends in Steamboat that Nathan Kane was improving.

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Peabody tries to reassure mine employees

Peabody Energy, owner of the Twentymile Mine in Routt County, delayed paying $71.1 million in debt payments Tuesday, fueling speculation that the largest coal producer in the United States is headed toward bankruptcy.

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Child molester sentenced to prison

A convicted Steamboat Springs child molester was sentenced Tuesday to two years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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Sledding accident at Howelsen Hill sends man to Front Range hospital

A man was flown to a Front Range hospital Saturday morning after sledding into a parked snowcat at Howelsen Hill.

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Top 10 most-viewed stories for the week of March 3 to March 9, 2016

Check out the most-viewed stories on our desktop site from the past week, and see what you missed.

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Man found unconscious, suspected of dealing drugs

At about 12:45 p.m., police officers and firefighters were called to Torium Plum, where Nicholas J. Mangione was found unconscious in a public bathroom, according to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

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Man suspected of sexual assault

A 31-year-old man was arrested Friday in relation to a Steamboat Springs rape case going back to 2014.

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Steamboat ski passes go on sale for 2016-17 season

Steamboat ski passes now on sale for 2016-17 season

Steamboat Ski Area season pass holders will pay 5 percent more for the 2016-17 season.

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Officials urge property owners to keep gas meters clear

A big snow year has wreaked havoc on a large number of natural gas lines in recent weeks, and officials urge residents to keep their meters accessible.

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Teen suspects to return to Aurora

The Routt County District Attorney's Office, for now, will not be pursuing charges against the three male juveniles suspected of an armed carjacking in Aurora.

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Police looking for ski shop burglary suspect

The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the person who robbed a ski shop in Gondola Square early Friday morning.

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High participation in 25th annual Steamboat Pentathlon

Nearly 200 participate in 25th annual event at Howelsen Hill

Nearly 200 people participated in the event put on by the city of Steamboat Springs, including nearly 50 athletes from Manic Training.

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Standoff ends peacefully; three suspects arrested

Teenage carjacking subjects arrested near Yampa

A standoff with police near Yampa involving three juveniles wanted for a carjacking in Aurora ended peacefully Friday morning.

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Steamboat police roll out policy manual

As promised, all Steamboat Springs residents have access to the policies and procedures police officers abide by.

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Local police on the lookout for carjacking suspects

Local police have reason to think three teenagers wanted in connection to a carjacking early Thursday morning in Aurora may have traveled to Routt County.

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New Steamboat Ski Area trail names explained

The renaming of a ski run at Steamboat Ski Area pays homage to a filmmaker who has repeatedly helped put Steamboat Springs on the map.

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Forecasters predict return to winter conditions

On Tuesday morning, Joel Gratz's daily blog post was titled "There goes the sun."

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Michigan man suspected of sex assault

On Saturday, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities was contacted by a Routt County woman who said she had been raped. The woman wanted to report the incident to police.

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City: Water issue posed no immediate health risk

The city of Steamboat Springs was notifying its water customers this week that a problem with the drinking water at the Steamboat Springs Airport did not pose an immediate health risk.

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Future of Winter Carnival snow sculptures discussed

Some Steamboat Springs community members are intent on ensuring snow sculptures return to Lincoln Avenue for next year's Winter Carnival.

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