Most-read stories at SteamboatPilot.com: Record-breaking trout, biggest horse roundup ever
The status of cleanup and rehabilitation work at the site of the 50th anniversary Rainbow Gathering in northern Routt County is progressing slowly, according to U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Michael Woodbridge.
A camouflaged helicopter rises above the horizon.
The pattern does little to conceal the aircraft as the rotors blow high elevation desert sand into thick clouds of dust. The thumping can be heard for miles.
Clad in protective clothing and breathing through an oxygen mask, college student Darshan Chudasama squeezed through a small crevice of the Sulphur Cave at Howelsen Hill and peeked into a mysterious world lit by the headlamp on his helmet.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife released information that will make Grand County proud: That is, Tim Daniel, of Granby, broke the longest-standing fish record in the state when he caught a 23-and-1/4-inch-long brook trout that weighed 7.84 pounds, in Monarch Lake on May 23.
Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist Jon Ewert inspected the fish the day it was caught. Its girth was 15 and 3/8 inches.
Routt County mom Jacci Jo Walton watches her 14-year-old daughter enjoy an active life at school, in 4-H and participating in the Routt County Fair, and she wishes for an equally active lifestyle for another 14-year-old with family ties to Hayden.
This weekend, as Rev. Ernest Bayer leads Mass at Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs, there is little doubt that he will focus on delivering a positive message to the parish he has led for 17 years.
There are 761 fewer wild horses in the Piceance East-Douglas herd after helicopter operations ended on Monday, Aug. 1 in what is now the largest mustang round up in Colorado history.
In three gathers in the last year, the Bureau of Land Management has removed about 1,850 horses from Northwest Colorado — more than 75% of mustangs estimated to roam in the state at the start of last year.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners denied initial plans for a 26-unit subdivision in west Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, Aug. 3, but that likely isn’t the end for the project.
As proposed, Heritage Village would include 20 single-family homes and three duplexes in an area just west of Steamboat Montessori School where there are two soccer fields. The development would eliminate those fields.
A tractor-trailer rollover on U.S. Highway 40 just east of Hayden has part of the road closed with alternating traffic in both directions as crews work to get the vehicle off the roadway.
The crash is in the westbound lane near the intersection with Routt County Road 52, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation alert posted at 1:14 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.
Many would-be homebuyers were already priced out of Steamboat Springs, but the increase in mortgage payments the past few months has made it harder to buy in Routt County for many more people.
Doug Labor, a broker with Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty and local real estate statistics expert, explained how monthly payments for some of the most sought-after affordable properties in Steamboat have almost doubled, which he considers “startling” and “very concerning” for buyers.
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