Top 10 most-read stories this week: River reopens, horse roundup |

Top 10 most-read stories this week: River reopens, horse roundup

Mustangs graze in the sage inside the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area. The Bureau of Land Management has been gathering wild horses in the area for more than a month.
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1. City stands by Yampa River closure that has local outfitter wondering if he should ‘go rogue’

Peter Van De Carr, the owner of Backdoor Sports, has long been vocal about his disagreements with Steamboat Springs’ policies for closing the Yampa River to recreational and commercial users.

Per city rules, high temperatures shut down the Yampa River to commercial outfitters and initiated a voluntary recreation closure on Monday, July 19, but Van De Carr said it may be time to go rogue. 

2. Never again? Largest wild horse roundup in Colorado history could be state’s last

Whether the Piceance-East Douglas gather will be Colorado’s last helicopter roundup is still up in the air.

3. Ranch manager shoots bear that attacked goats south of Steamboat

Humble Ranch manager Jay Trousil woke up at 2 a.m. Saturday, July 15, to the sound of screaming goats.

4. Search and Rescue concludes busiest week of summer with search on Buffalo Pass

Search and rescue got the call at 12:22 p.m. Friday with a set of coordinates that were about an hour old. The woman, who had been trying to find her campsite since Thursday, July 21, had called her husband, who then called 911 to pass along the coordinates. 

5. Petitions submitted to recall three Steamboat Springs City Council members, defeat short-term rental tax

Steamboat Springs city officials received petitions on Thursday, July 21, seeking to recall three City Council members, along with a referendum to repeal an ordinance that would put a 9% tax on short-term rentals on the November ballot.

Tubers line up to rent tubes outside Back Door Sports in downtown Steamboat Springs as they hope to get out on the Yampa River Monday, July 18, 2022.
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6. Steamboat Springs reopens Yampa River to tubers; anglers have to wait

Steamboat Springs reopened the Yampa River to recreational uses other than fishing on Monday, July 25, after rainfall one day earlier pushed water temperatures down to 59 degrees.

7. 2 moose wander near man as he naps on the lawn in Breckenridge

At around 4 p.m., witnesses saw a man taking a nap on the lawn near the Riverwalk Center just behind Blue River Plaza. It was around that same time when the two moose began walking up from the parking lot toward the Blue River right where the man was sprawled out. 

8. Two privately owned Colorado 14ers are open to hikers thanks to a unique partnership. Will it last?

The top of the 14,178-foot Mount Bross is owned by several people who are worried about liability and do not want hikers on the summit. Owners of the summits and trails leading to next-door 14ers Mount Democrat and Mount Lincoln share the same concerns, worried they could be sued if a hiker is injured in one of the many mine shafts and dilapidated mining structures on the mountains.

Danielle Skov and her husband Mike recently purchased the Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 68 Ninth St. in downtown Steamboat Springs.
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9. New owners hoping to write their own chapter at Off the Beaten Path

The Off the Beaten Path Bookstore turned a new page earlier this month after the longtime owners sold the popular downtown bookstore, coffee house and bakery to Danielle and Mike Skov.

10. Steamboat Resort secures spot for child care center; City, county still looking

As Steamboat Springs and Routt County continue to discuss building a joint child care facility, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. is beginning renovations on its own center slated to open by the end of the year.

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