Top-10 most-read articles at this week: residents could lose homes, tubing is coming to Howelsen |

Top-10 most-read articles at this week: residents could lose homes, tubing is coming to Howelsen

Cars line the street of the Whitehaven Mobile Home Park Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. The more than 70 residents of the park could soon lose their homes after a developer has made an offer on the west Steamboat Springs property. The Yampa Valley Housing Authority will consider making an offer on the property during a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.
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1. More than 70 Steamboat residents fear displacement with pending sale of mobile home park

The residents of the mobile home park on the west side of Steamboat Springs received a notice of sale informing them the owner of the property received an offer from an unnamed buyer to sell the land under their homes for a little over $3 million.

2. Steamboat’s Mountain Area Master Plan envisions updated Ski Time Square, parking structures

In the near future, the plan calls for building a designated turnaround loop at the end of Ski Time Square and reconstructing and modernizing the Gondola Transit Center.

In the long term, which the plan defines as 4-10 years, it outlines several potential “big moves” including a parking structure at the Meadows Parking Lot

3. Steamboat City Council OKs large, controversial development in 4-3 vote

In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday, Aug. 23, Steamboat Springs City Council approved the Longview Highlands Development Plan, a 9.4-acre, 118-unit development on High Point Drive near McDonald’s.

4. Don’t call it a ‘drought’: Climate scientist Brad Udall views Colorado River crisis as the beginning of aridification

The generous monsoon season along the Upper Basin of the Colorado River has been a relief to those who remember recent summers suffocated by wildfire smoke in the American West. But according to Brad Udall, senior water and climate research scientist at the Colorado Water Institute and director of the Western Water Assessment at Colorado State University, the relief we’re feeling now is a sign of bigger problems for years to come.

A Colorado Department of Transportation plow truck clears the way on U.S. Highway 40 at Rabbit Ears Pass in 2022.
John F. Russell/Steamboat Pilot & Today

5. CDOT in ‘competition with Wendy’s’ to fill 130 openings on Western Slope

The Colorado Department of Transportation is short 130 employees on the Western Slope, leaving a crucial region of the state that includes the highly watched stretch of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon down about 22% of its staff.

In a meeting with Routt County Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 30, CDOT officials said the agency has been slow to respond to the current job market, and they are losing out on candidates to fast food chains that offer better wages.

6. Routt commissioners blast UCHealth in letter, saying hospital system hasn’t engaged with Peak Health Alliance

In a letter sent Tuesday, Aug. 30, to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center President Soniya Fidler and other company officials, commissioners wrote that the hospital system is “more committed to the status quo, insurance carriers and making money than (it is) to the people of this community.”

7. Doc’s Auto Clinic has new owner with same drive to provide service in Steamboat

The driver behind the wheel of Doc’s Auto Clinic changed seats in June when longtime mechanic and Steamboat Springs resident Jason Bongiorno purchased the longstanding local business, but he plans to maintain the course.

The Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek has been closed for more than two years due to a roof leak.
Dylan Anderson/Steamboat Pilot & Today

8. Oak Creek’s museum has been closed for two years, and it may never reopen

Leading up to the 1925 Oak Creek Mayor’s election, wives of Ku Klux Klan members would routinely attend town board meetings and complain about the Oak Creek’s Town Hall building.

After researching the old building, Oak Creek historian Mike Yurich concluded the complaints really weren’t about the building, but instead it’s Italian-Catholic owner. Finding a new venue for government in Oak Creek quickly became the main issue for KKK-backed candidates.

9. Bluebird Backcountry experience will include lodging in 2022-23 season

The ski area, which Woodward founded with Erik Lambert, takes pride in offering a safe, backcountry skiing experience with many of the same amenities found at a traditional resort. Bluebird Backcountry includes ski patrollers, instructors, guides, a base hut, gear rentals, a mountain warming hut, designated trails and avalanche-hazard reduction, and now lodging.

Construction crews work on a new surface lift Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, that is being installed to service the new tubing operations this winter at Howelsen Hill.
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10. Tubing finally coming to Howelsen Hill as lift is installed

There’s been some commotion at Howelsen Hill this summer and the end product is nearly complete as a tubing lift is installed at the base of Mile Run, just west of the base area.

The lift will accommodate guests and their tubes as they are shipped up the slope, separated from downhill skiers and snowboarders.

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