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Mike McCollum

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Hayden students thrive in Destination ImagiNation

Queen Elizabeth was coming for a visit, and the challenge was to put her to work doing household chores.

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Stories of a bygone era

Contributions by black Routt County residents immeasurable

The stern, coal-dusted faces of about 20 miners are fixed straight ahead in a 1942 photograph of a Moffat Coal Mine crew. The unity of the racially diverse men belies the segregation of the era.

YVEA: Rates may increase in '08

Electric co-op might raise rates by as much as 5 percent

Yampa Valley Electric Association customers may soon see rates rise 3 percent to 5 percent, according to officials from the region's energy co-op.

Little trouble on New Year's

Quiet holiday season for Routt County law enforcement officials

Routt County residents rang in 2008 with a walk on the mild side, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Craig man dies in cabin

Rescuers endure 13-mile snowmobile ride to recover body

Routt County Search and Rescue workers endured sub-zero temperatures and a 13-mile snowmobile ride Saturday night to recover the body of a 62-year-old Craig man who died in his hunting cabin north of Hayden.

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Support for playground effort

Julie Taulman and Shelly St. Pierre are one step closer to seeing a playground accessible to their sons, and all children, after the Steamboat Springs School District contributed $50,000 to the cause Tuesday.

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School Board ponders video cameras in district schools

A school official is questioning a plan to install security cameras in Steamboat schools, citing authoritarian measures in George Orwell's classic novel "1984."

A call for bell ringers

Salvation Army seeks recruits to man area kettles

The sound of ringing bells outside grocery and department stores from hearty Salvation Army volunteers has become as much a part of the holidays as Christmas carols.

Permits now available to cut your own Christmas tree

Sure, buying a Christmas tree off the blacktop in a parking lot is a popular option, but some residents continue to choose the old-fashioned method and head to the forest for their perfect evergreen.

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Winter blowing in

Storm forecast for today could bring end to mild fall weather

The brown of autumn could soon be replaced by the white of winter - and just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Steamboat Springs could receive between 2 and 5 inches of snow from a storm moving into the region today, said Ellen Heffernan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

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Construction hits sewer snag

Workers find Perry-Mansfield pipe on school district property

Steamboat Springs School District officials are hustling to get the expansion of Strawberry Park Elementary School back on schedule, but workers recently hit a snag with the discovery of an 8-inch sewer line - owned by the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp - in the construction area.

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Suspect in high-speed chase flees hospital

The Colorado State Patrol is looking for a man who walked out of Yampa Valley Medical Center early Saturday morning while recovering from minor injuries suffered Friday during a high-speed car chase and subsequent crash.

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Go green, even when it's white

Environmentally-friendly principles as winter approaches

"Going green" is second nature to Sarah Fox, so when the vice president of Fox Construction entered her father's contracting business, her environmental principles followed her into the workplace.

Wastewater plant has room to grow

Construction and growth in Steamboat Springs is placing an extra workload on Steamboat's wastewater treatment plant, but the plant is not yet approaching capacity, a city official said Tuesday.

Small propane tank explodes in Hayden

No injuries, little damage reported in morning blast

A small propane tank explosion shook Hayden this morning, but little damage and no injuries were reported.

Hayden to use Fridays off throughout school year

A three-month experiment to give students Fridays off was so successful that the Hayden School District has decided to use the schedule throughout the 2007-08 school year.

'New phase' for Healthcare Foundation

The health care industry is always in a state of change, said Karl Gills, chairman of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley.

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Wildlife officials urge caution after possible mountain lion sightings

During a summer in which city, county and state officials have fielded dozens of calls a day about bears, another animal may visit area homes - mountain lions.

Blast investigation continues in Rio Blanco

Cause of ignition from deadly explosion expected shortly from investigators

Randi Cruson hasn't returned to the remote site where two of her friends died Saturday night when an oil storage tank exploded in the Routt National Forest.