Top-10 most-read articles at this week: Remains found, Stage 1 fire restrictions |

Top-10 most-read articles at this week: Remains found, Stage 1 fire restrictions

These signs will no longer meet people as they enter the forest as Routt County and partner agencies rescinded a Stage 1 fire ban that had been in place for about two weeks.
Dylan Anderson/Steamboat Pilot & Today

1. Remains found in north Routt County

A human skull was discovered in north Routt County on Sunday, Sept. 4, according to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

2. Smoke in Yampa Valley extends air quality advisory through Thursday

An air quality advisory recommends people stay inside if they see thick smoke in their neighborhood, especially those those who are very young or old, or have heart disease or respiratory illness.

3. The ‘Make Colorado Affordable’ initiative could create unintentional consequences for rural resort towns

Town and city economies throughout the state vary, with most rural mountain communities being more expensive and having more limited space than rural and urban Front Range communities. Holding these communities to the same standard using one economic scale could cause disparities in affordable housing throughout the state.

4. Routt County to go under Stage 1 fire restrictions as hot, dry weather increases risk

The restrictions prohibit open fires outside of an established campground, picnic area or developed recreation site on all private and state land in Routt County.

5. City Council recall effort abandoned as group shifts focus to defeating STR tax

The preservation alliance was seeking a recall because of a recently passed overlay zone, which puts restrictions on the number of short-term rentals based on the area of town, and the short-term rental tax ballot question.

Homeowner Tom Scrimgeour releases fingerling cutthroat trout into Burgess Creek on Aug. 30, 2022, as part of the overall restoration project for the native trout.
U.S. Forest Service/Courtesy photo

6. Cooperative effort enhances native cutthroat trout population in Burgess Creek

The USFS biologist said the project represents one of approximately 20 population sites of cutthroat trout within the Yampa River drainage.

7. Steamboat flirts with record books during September warmup

“It’s going to be oppressively hot and dry,” said local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs “Luckily, we have the cool nights.”

8. Routt County real estate sales surpass $20M for week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1

Nina Bradley of Steamboat Springs has been working with her yearling Cheeto all summer as part of the Meeker Mustang Makeover. She’ll show and sell the yearling this weekend.
Shelby Reardon/Steamboat Pilot & Today

9. They had 120 days to tame a wild horse. A northwestern Colorado competition shows off the power of the mustang.

At the Meeker Mustang Makeover, wild horses that recently roamed free on the prairie walk through obstacle courses and show off ranching skills ahead of an auction.

10. Fund created to help Whitehaven residents avoid displacement, but more work lies ahead

Less than a month ago, the Whitehaven residents learned an unknown buyer had offered a little over $3 million for the park property, leading to fears the homeowners might be displaced or see their lot fees increase dramatically.

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