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Matt Stensland

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Fire destroys Oak Creek home

No one was hurt Friday night when a fire destroyed an Oak Creek home.

Steamboat marijuana sales up 35 percent in 2015

The pot industry continued to explode in 2015, with more than $9.1 million in sales in Steamboat Springs.

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Ski patrol members on Chinese exchange

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has sent three of its veteran ski patrol managers to China for two weeks to share their expertise.

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New lift, mountain coaster, mini golf slated for Steamboat Ski Area

Intrawest CEO Tom Marano announced Wednesday morning that a mountain coaster, mini golf course and new Elkhead lift will be built this year at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Man arrested after detox worker assaulted

Law enforcement officials are concerned after a 59-year-old woman working at Routt County’s alcohol detox facility was assaulted Friday night while taking care of a man who had been brought in after officers investigated a fight in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Charges dismissed against former Routt County employee accused of embezzlement

After paying $10,000 to the taxpayers of Routt County, criminal charges have been dropped against a former Routt County Treasurer's Office employee faced with 157 charges related to embezzlement of public money.

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2016 Winter Carnival: Night Extravaganza to feature BIG firework

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified, and Steamboat Springs fireworks fanatic Tim Borden is ready to launch his giant 48-inch-diameter firework into the Steamboat Springs sky.

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Grant provides money for solar array to benefit low-income residents

Yampa Valley Electric Association is partnering with a nonprofit organization to build a solar array that will lower the electric bills of qualified low-income residents.

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Fire at Steamboat townhome displaces residents

The occupants of a Whistler Village townhome were displaced Thursday night after a fire was discovered in the walls and ceiling.

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Aerial surveying takes pulse of Colorado forests

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service gives a glimpse at the health of Colorado's forests, including those in Routt County.

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Winter Sports Club to celebrate new Alpine training venue

Following a monumental, $2.4 million fundraising campaign, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on Saturday will formally celebrate the new Alpine training facility at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Hayden voters say 'yes' to marijuana grow operations

A new industry was born in Hayden Tuesday night when residents voted to allow marijuana growing operations.

City, county threatened with Bantle lawsuit

Former Steamboat Springs police officer Kristin Bantle has formally threatened to file a lawsuit against the city and Routt County.

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Sheep rescued from Steamboat Ski Area

People intervened last week to rescue a sheep stranded in deep snow at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Plane loses power, crashes near Steamboat Springs Airport

A fixed-wing, single-engine airplane crashed just off the north end of the runway at Steamboat Springs Airport in Steamboat Springs Friday afternoon.

Man arrested after Dream Island fight

A Steamboat Springs man faces a felony after a fight Wednesday night involving a broken beer bottle at Dream Island Mobile Home Park.

Steamboat police seeking leads in shooting

Steamboat Springs police have hit a dead end and are asking for help in finding the person who fired a bullet into a townhome Jan. 10.

Extra DUI patrols Saturday

The Colorado State Patrol is urging drivers to be safe, and troopers will be doing extra patrols in Routt County on Saturday looking for impaired drivers.

Hayden residents voting on marijuana grow operations

Town Clerk Sharon Johnson said more than 1,100 ballots were mailed to voters who live within town limits.

Hayden Town Council to discuss town manager recruitment

The Hayden Town Council of Thursday will takes steps toward hiring its next town manager.

Mountain lions concern Lake Catamount residents

Residents in the area of Lake Catamount this week have been trying to deter four mountain lions from calling the scenic area home.

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The hunt for the next big tree

Routt County is home to many large aspen trees but it can now boast being home to a big — if not the biggest — known aspen tree in Colorado. The story of the tree is one of resiliency, and a bit of luck.

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Fire displaces Edgemont visitors

Dozens of Steamboat Springs visitors were displaced Friday night when a fire broke out in a chimney at the Edgemont condominiums at the base of the ski area.

Ski Corp. parent company buying back stock

Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., has enough cash on hand that it intends to spend $50 million to buy back shares of its own stock.

Hayden School District plans for staffing cuts

The Hayden School District is planning for staffing cuts in an effort to not further drain the district’s savings.

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Former cops respond to new investigation summary

Two former Steamboat Springs Police Department officers critical of department leadership have responded positively to a new summary of a months-long internal investigation.

District attorney formally announces re-election bid

No other candidates have announced they will be running against Brett Barkey in the November election.

Man suspected of threatening officer, damaging car

A homeless man known for yelling and screaming at people in Steamboat Springs was arrested Tuesday and faces a felony charge.

Some snowmobilers not following rules

U.S. Forest Service officials have seen an early-season surge in the number of snowmobilers not following the rules.

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Business, individuals honored for sustainability efforts

A refreshed former Steamboat Springs City Council member, a 10-year-old girl, a lodging company and two teachers were among the recipients of awards presented Wednesday by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Police report mellow New Year's Eve

Lines stretched outside the doors at downtown bars Thursday night for New Year's Eve, and despite the crowds, Steamboat police reported a fairly mellow night.

Chances of snow next week

After temperatures dipped to -18 degrees on New Year's Eve night, warmer weather is in store for the weekend with a high of 27 degrees Sunday.

Search and Rescue aids more snowmobilers

For the second time in two days, Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were called to help stranded snowmobilers in the backcountry.

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Routt County ranching icon dies at 97

Routt County lost a legendary woman Wednesday with the passing of longtime rancher Elaine Gay.

Stranded snowmobilers spend night in backcountry

Five snowmobilers were safe and in good spirits Wednesday morning after spending the night in the backcountry.

Police prepare for busy night

Thursday night on New Year's Eve, the Steamboat Springs Police Department will have six officers on duty.

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Mountain lion shot after killing dog

Maison was a sweet, crazy, lovable and protective dog for the Kortas family of Steamboat Springs. A mountain lion changed all that when it attacked the 4-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

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Commissioners, treasurer sound off

The feud continued Tuesday between Routt County commissioners and Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn.

El Niño weather pattern taking shape

After a week of persistent snowfall, snow will remain in the forecast but the early part of January could be dry.

Steamboat firefighters respond to Christmas morning fire

No one was injured or displaced by a fire that broke out at an industrial building early Christmas morning.

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Steamboat veteran visits troops oversees

Charles Feldmann, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, visited with, inspired and passed along the message of never quitting to American troops serving in the Middle East.

The Record for Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

2:31 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of trespassing in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle. An intoxicated man brought an intoxicated woman home and then decided he did not want her there. She did not want to leave, so the man called police. Officers gave the woman a ride home.

Snowmobiler rescues self on Rabbit Ears Pass

A stranded snowmobiler used technology and endurance to rescue himself Wednesday evening from deep snow on Rabbit Ears Pass.

City working non-stop on snow removal

With 30 inches of snow in three days, city of Steamboat Springs employees are trying to keep up with snow removal.

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Forecaster Mike Weissbluth keeps an eye on the sky

Steamboat Springs resident Mike Weissbluth developed an appetite for weather forecasting at an early age.

Steamboat man faces prison sentence

Dennis Michael Demara, 47, on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to sexually assault a child and tampering with physical evidence.

Routt County projects receive $249,000 in lottery proceeds

Land will be preserved, and area youth will be put to work thanks to $249,000 in grant funding disbursed by the state.

Snow, snow and more snow in forecast

Christmas week could be a very snowy one in Steamboat Springs.

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Sam Haslem, Routt County icon, dies

The Northwest Colorado community on Thursday was mourning the loss of Sam Haslem, an agriculture educator who loved people and had a unique way of telling a story.

Rancher explains why he shot neighbor's bulls

A Routt County rancher says he was protecting his property and livestock when he shot two bulls in the testicles.

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