May 2014

There are 4 blog entries for May 2014.

Published on on  5/19/2014 at 1:48PM
By Bill Conerly

"Multi-family housing construction is doing surprisingly well recently. Over the long run, housing units in buildings with five or more housing units comprise about 25 percent of all housing units constructed. So far in 2014, the figure is 35 percent. Why is multi-family so popular now?

Before reaching for a major change in attitudes about how we live, let’s consider other possibilities. Part of the story is demographics. Young adults are much more likely to live in apartments than are older adults. And the number of young adults (which I’m defining for this purpose as ages 20-34) is rising, as the children of the baby boomers come of age.

This pattern can be seen in the older data. There

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Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today on Friday, May 9, 2014
By Michael Schrantz

"Steamboat Springs — Things are looking up for property values in Routt County as the Assessor’s Office prepares for the upcoming assessment period.

Property taxes for 2015 and 2016 will be based on data from July 2012 through June 2014, and Routt County Assessor Gary Peterson said Friday that values are definitely going up.

All of the Assessor Office’s analysis from the last go around shows that the local real estate market bottomed out roughly between the end of 2011 and March 2012, depending on market segment, Peterson said.

“It’s climbing at a pretty good rate,” he said about the market during the current valuation period. “Everything is showing a pretty

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Published in The Steamboat Pilot & Today on Friday May 2, 2014
By Michael Schrantz  

“Steamboat Springs — Efforts to preserve Routt County’s rural and agricultural heritage appear to have paid off in recent years.

Routt County has more farms, more acreage in farms and greater total sales of agricultural products produced here in 2012 than 2007, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture.

The USDA released its 2012 Census of Agriculture data Friday, including county-level information. The Census of Agriculture is completed every five years.

The most recent census was performed in the midst of a historic drought that affected a large swath of the nation, including Routt County.

Wildfire season started early

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