Steamboat Real Estate Blog

Through the winter, as many as 12 passengers rode in one of two subsidized vans. The first made a morning run from Steamboat to Oak Creek, and the second came in the opposite direction.The fledgling commuter van is in the midst of its second month of existence and is funded with a $25,000 federal grant spread throughout two years. The program was pursued by Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush. The county’s $25,000 grant match got a boost locally through a $13,000 grant from the Trappers Lake Chapter of the Sierra Club and will be further reduced by rider fares, Mitsch Bush said.“We’ve had some interest from Stage­coach, and we’ve said we would run the van initially for as few as three passengers, but we need some more,” Com­mission Chair­­wo­­man…
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The Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation and the Sheila M. Cook Community Arts Foundation and have created a youth scholarshipfor the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp.

Routt County youth, entering grades 5 – 7 will be awarded full scholarships to attend Perry-Mansfield’s Junior Camp, June 25th – July 10th, 2010. Junior Camp is a twoweek program designed for the younger student who wants to explore the performing arts. The program offers a well-rounded curriculum that includes required classes in dance, theater and musical theater, with electives in art, creative writing and equestrian. All eligible youth must complete the Junior Camp Scholarship Auditions at Perry-Mansfield.

Sheila M. Cook was a childhood dancer and had a deep love of

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When gold medalist Billy Demong took the podium Friday at the Hometown Heroes Parade and Celebration in downtown Steamboat Springs, he joked that events like this seem to happen once a week in Steamboat.

Although there is a little hyperbole there, Demong’s notion of the event captures just what a special place, winter wonderland and breeding ground for Olympians — and Olympic champions — Steamboat has become.

Friday certainly served as another reminder of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team’s bustling success at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games — and rightfully so, with seven Olympic medals clanging together on the stage — but the overriding tone Friday was that it really does take a community to raise an Olympian.

“I consider this,” silver medalist Todd

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Yampa Valley Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Karl Gills is being recognized with the American Hospital Association (AHA) Grassroots Champion Award.

AHA, in partnership with the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), announced the award today. As a 2010 Grassroots Champion, Gills is being honored for his “exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.” Gills has been CEO of Yampa Valley Medical Center since January 2001, shortly after the hospital, Doak Walker Care Center, GrandKids Child Care Center and medical office building opened on the Central Park Drive campus.

The AHA Grassroots Champion Award recognizes hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major

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Steamboat Springs has been named a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry.  It is the 19th consecutive year Steamboat has received this national recognition, according to a news release.

Steamboat Springs has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. 

The city will celebrate the 19th year of being a Tree City USA community at the annual Green Up/Clean Up day June 5.


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Burgess Creek, at least a small stretch of it, is likely to see the light of day again this summer.

Members of a committee working to make public improvements at the base of the ski area more appealing agreed Wednesday to recommend that the city go forward with $4.5 million in construction work.

The pragmatic part of the plan is building the first stretch of a snowmelted promenade that will someday rim the ski base in a horseshoe shape.  The creek will be relied upon to supply the aesthetic qualities of the project.

The $4.5 million dollars is enough to build this summer's project, including freeing the first 120 feet of the stream out of a culvert and putting it in a rebuilt streambed. 

Burgess Creek has its source in a field of natural springs high

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A group of locals is forming a nonprofit organization with the intent of purchasing the Chief Plaza Theater and renovating it into a single-stage performing arts venue downtown.

Developer/Colorado Group Realty broker, Jim Cook; Jon Sanders, of Ski Town Commercial Real Estate; Tracy Barnett and Towny Anderson, of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, Valerie Stafford, of the Steamboat Dance Theatre; and Bill Rangitsch, of Steamboat Architectural Group, met recently to talk about how to move forward with their plans.  Sanders is the local representative of Michael Barry, who has owned the Chief Plaza Theater in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue since 1970.  (No sale of the building has been finalized.)

The group hopes to leverage a mix of historical preservation

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The rate at which homes in Routt County are selling suggests that it could be a year or more before the residential construction industry mounts a meaningful comeback said Scott Ford, who leads the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.

He's basing his prediction on new insights he has gained by marrying two sets of data whose union gives Steamboat Springs what he calls an inexpensive tool to reliably predict when construction activity might rebound or, for that matter, enter a decline.

Ford, who has been helping Yampa Valley Partners create its Community Indicators publication since its inception, has always yearned to discover ways to use statistics to give businesses in Northwest Colorado tools that can be used to glimpse the future.  Now,

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The final outcome of the March 12 auction sale for 15 luxury condominiums at The Highmark near the base of Steamboat Ski Area won't be known until closings actually take place.  However, sources close to the sale say the investment group that is holding the indebtedness on the project has accepted the high bids on nine of the units.  Steamboat Springs Realtor, Jim Cook said he is in negotiations with a single buyer for the remaining condominiums, which did not attract bidders at the auction. 

I'm working on a bulk sale of the six other units to an out-of-town investment group, " Jim Cook, of Colorado Group Realty, said Wednesday. 

William Bone, president of the National Auction Group, said the nine auction sales are poised to close by April 1. 


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The government will help you pay for specific energy upgrades - but only until the end of this year.  Through 2010, you can claim a federal tx credit of 30 percent of the cost - up to $1,500 - for new qualified windows, doors, roofs, insulation, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems.  So, if you spend $5,000 (whether on one qualified product or total on several projects), you can claim the full amount of the $1,500 credit on your 2010 income tax form.  (Tax credits for alternative equipment, such as solar panels, solar water heaters, and geothermal heat pumps, are available through 2016 and have no cap.)

Want the details on the current energy tax credit (part of the Economic Stimulus package)? These two websites offer a good overview Energy

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