Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and health care reporter

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Scott Franz is a reporter and photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He interned as a reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera and as a photographer at Rich Clarkson and Associates in Denver.
Scott grew up in Austin, Texas, and plans to enjoy all of the outdoor activities Steamboat has to offer … and all of the days that don’t reach 100 degrees.

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SportsMed physical therapist earns high-level certification

Jennifer Kerr, a physical therapist at Yampa Valley Medical Center's SportsMed, recently got designated as a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy.

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As Steamboat continues to cope with tragic deaths of 2 children, local officials push child abuse prevention

Two deaths of children allegedly caused by child abuse and neglect are part of a broader issue in Routt County.

Steamboat Parks and Recreation Commission candidates talk about city funding challenges

City Council members asked prospective commission members about their views on such things as a possible parks and recreation taxing district and whether they'd want the commission to dive back into master plans for Rita Valentine and Bear River parks.

Steamboat City Council members to continue to push for changes at regional building department

City staff has since last year considered privatizing the department as a way to make it more efficient, but Routt County officials earlier this month indicated they would reject such a proposal.

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Bill would give Colorado counties more say in how cities form urban renewal authorities

Cities including Steamboat see these URAs as an important tool to restore run-down or "blighted" areas, while some counties see them as an abused tool that has diverted millions of dollars' worth of property taxes away from counties, school districts and other entities.

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New support group for teenagers grieving loss of a loved one being formed in Steamboat

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is starting the group for 12- to 15-year-olds.

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Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss future of fire and ambulance services Tuesday

The strategic plan addresses staffing and equipment needs through 2020 and discusses possible goals that include establishing a new fire station west of town, increasing staffing to meet a higher demand of emergency calls and moving administrators and other services to a central fire station downtown.

City of Steamboat offers tips to prepare for spring runoff

In a news release, city officials say the current forecast from the National Resource Conservation Service forecast in Colorado calls for above average river flows from April Through July.

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Steamboat Springs' list of parked capital projects totals more than $128 million

Some projects, such as a 9,000-square-foot expansion at the Howelsen Ice Arena, could be considered wants. Others, such as the $3.2 million worth of water main upgrades and replacements, someday will be needs.

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Joe Zimmerman, a steward of Steamboat Springs' stellar water system, retires after 39-year career

For nearly four decades, the city's water superintendent has been a key part of why residents here in Steamboat Springs always have access to some of the cleanest, clearest drinking water in the state.

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