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Dotsero

By David Kotzebue, Examiner.com

Volcanoes in Colorado? You betcha! One of the most famous, and a still-active volcano, is the Dotsero Volcano. It erupted some 4,000 years ago, and a mud flow crossed across what is now I-70. The Dotsero volcano, two miles northeast of the town of Dotsero is on the radar screen of the U.S. Geological Survey, which rates the threats of volcanoes across the country.

In the first comprehensive report on volcanoes since Mount St. Helens erupted 25 years ago, Dotsero was rated as a moderate threat for its potential to spew volcanic ash into the air and disrupt airplane traffic. Also active in our area is the Yellowstone caldera, which underlies most of Yellowstone National Park.

Dotsero, however is not likely to erupt in our lifetime. So, go ahead and climb it! The crater itself is north of the interstate, above the trailer park. The summit is at 7,316 feet, and the base is at about 6,155, making for an elevation gain of 1,161 feet, a moderate climb.

The reward of this climb is not only the 360-degree views, but diamond collecting! Low-grade diamonds can be found around the rim. Take some home!

While in the area, you may want to take in the great kayaking centered around State Bridge, just to the north of Dotsero. Dotsero is also home to 23 other mountain peaks, check MountainZone.com for details.

 


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Tired of seeing the plans for a promenade, sidewalks and other basic downtown improvements collecting dust on shelves for decades, the Steamboat Springs City Council Tuesday night pulled the trigger on the biggest investment in the downtown corridor in many years.

The financing package approved by council will construct millions of dollars worth of new sidewalks, public restrooms and other basic infrastructure downtown by the end of 2018.

The council agreed to pay for the $10.3 million list of improvements by using a combination of grants, sidewalk assessments, franchise fees, certificates of participation and reserves from the city's general fund.

To get the projects rolling next year, the city plans to issue $4 million in certificates of participation — a form of debt similar to bonds that are sold to investors.

Another $3.5 million will come from the city's general fund reserves.

The city's annual payment during the 20-year term of the certificates of participation is estimated to be $292,000.

The council also would like Routt County to contribute $1 million to the downtown projects because of the additional sales and property tax revenue the projects are projected to generate.

Some of the downtown projects that have been proposed by city staff will be dependent on annual funding allocations made by future city councils.

"It's really exciting that after more than a year of work by this council, and discussions in the community over the last 30 years, these investments are moving forward," Council President Bart Kounovsky said.

Sonja Macys was the only council member to vote no on the proposed financing plan.

She said she was not anti-downtown or against the projects but felt the council should spend more time looking at the prioritization of the city's six-year capital improvement program before moving forward.

The approval of the downtown financing plan came weeks after the council rejected a controversial proposal to create a new urban renewal plan area and use tax increment financing to fund the projects.

While the council has debated for months how to fund an overhaul of downtown, it remained unanimous in its resolve to push the projects forward.

Council member Tony Connell said the downtown projects will produce the biggest return on investment of any project the city has undertaken.

"It's a difference maker between us and other communities," Connell said of downtown.

While the council will have control over which projects move forward in the coming years, a proposed timeline from city staff gives the public an idea of how the work could proceed.

In 2016, staff is proposing to complete an overhaul of Yampa Street by adding new sidewalks and a promenade, under-grounding utilities and raising two intersections to promote pedestrian safety.

Oak Street would also see new sidewalks next year.

In 2017, side streets would see a range of sidewalk work, and a new restroom would be added at Eagle Scout Park.

Finally, in 2018, the city would finish some sidewalks on Oak and 13th streets and install a restroom and amphitheater in West Lincoln Park.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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