Scott Franz

Steamboat Springs government and business reporter, photographer

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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.

Recent Stories

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2nd downtown Steamboat Springs bar faces penalities for serving after hours this summer

Police officers on July 10 found bar patrons at The Pit on Fifth BBQ drinking alcohol after 2:33 a.m., according to a police report.

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City Council bucks developers' Iron Horse spending proposal

The council felt many of the items in the developers’ proposal were deferred maintenance items the developer should pay for, not public improvements that would benefit the community.

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City Council discusses potential impact of large housing proposal in west Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday expressed concern about the impact a major development proposal for up to 1,600 new housing units on the west end of town would have on a city staff that is already struggling to keep up with the developments they already have on their plate.

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Steamboat Springs City Council members surprised, angered, stumped by request for emails

As more cities across Colorado and the nation put the email communications of their elected officials online for the public to review for free, city council members in Steamboat Springs are still communicating online with each other in a manner that concerns government transparency advocates.

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Developers want to spend Iron Horse public improvement funds on new appliances, decks and roof repair

The request is poised to spark a debate in council chambers Tuesday on whether the city should agree to spend money that was set aside for public improvements on the interiors and exteriors of the buildings the city no longer owns.

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Firefighters prepare for possible spread of new wildfire in Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area

The U.S. Forest Service has called in six fire engines and a reconnaissance helicopter to try to prevent a lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area from heading west toward ranches and homes southeast of Stagecoach.

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Potential developers of Steamboat 700 site seek pre-annexation agreement

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will be asked to kick off a public process that could ultimately lead to the annexation and development of new residential neighborhoods on the west side of the city.

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Ranchers bring the sizzle to Routt County Fair

“I’m literally drooling over here,” a Routt County Cattlewomen volunteer said as the steaks neared completion on a grill outside of a barn.

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City seeks volunteers to help repair Emerald Mountain trails

Some trails will need some work following an extensive logging project that started on Emerald in July.

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City planners reviewing several new development projects

A plan to convert the old Staples building into an urgent care center and a proposal to renovate Yampa Valley Electric Association’s headquarters are among the many development applications city planners are reviewing this month.

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