Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Home on the Range

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018


Steamboat’s holds on tight to its western heritage despite challenges.

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Marsha Daughenbaugh was born and raised in the Elk River Valley on her family’s cattle and hay ranch and is now in the process of turning it over to her daughter and son-in-law, to be passed down to the third and fourth generation in her family.

Steamboat is steeped in its western heritage and has a long history in agriculture, and that heritage is as synonymous with Steamboat Springs as our famous powder and tree skiing. At the same time, rising property values, a higher cost of living, new development and an economy that is primarily sustained by recreation and resort has posed more challenges than ever before for multi-generational ranchers to hold onto their legacies.


Friday, October 13th, 2017

Home Heating 101

Home heating is likely the largest energy expense in your home, accounting for about 45% of the average American family’s energy bills. Especially in a place like the Colorado mountains where snowfall can happen at any time and snow is our faithful friend. Making smart decisions on your heating can help you significantly cut your heating costs, and the Energy Saver infographic below from is a great place to start:



Friday, October 6th, 2017

A Smarter Radon Detector

If you regularly read my blogs or have purchased real estate in Routt County, you probably know that radon levels are high in more than half of all homes here. Higher than the EPA recommends and higher than is safe for you and your families long term health (radon is considered to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US today!).

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If you don’t, then lets catch you up on the nitty gritty of radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown uranium in the ground. Trace amounts of uranium are located all around us, and therefore so is radon. Which just happens to be highly toxic. Outside in nature this gas is dispersed enough that our body can react accordingly. However when radon seeps into your well insulated, well sealed home, it essentially becomes trapped and concentrated in the air you breathe. Click here for more information on radon in your home.

Steamboat Springs Community Recycling Day – Sept 23, 2017

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Steamboat Springs Community Recycling Day

It’s time to clean out the garage, that space under the stairs, and the piles under the deck!

This Saturday, September 23 from 9am – noon at the Meadows Parking Lot the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) will be hosting their annual Community Recycling Drop-Off Day. Numerous materials will be accepted for free recycling while some of those hard-to-recycle items, like electronics, paint, and appliances, have a nominal fee.


You know you are in a ski town when even those get recycled! (Photo: Matt Stensland)

Please note that this is for residential recycling only, YVSC asks for only one vehicle load per household.

In an effort to capture more hard-to-recycle materials from our community, YVSC is also offering a Commercial Recycling Drop-Off from 1 to 4 p.m. This is for businesses and by appointment only. To schedule an appointment contact

Know before you go: Click here for your guide to recycling day.

A Fresh Look at Conservation – 4 Steps to Make a Difference

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017


Protecting the environment starts at home, and can be a good investment as well.

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At a time when the political climate seems to be seeing as much change as the actual climate, it’s important to remember the efforts we all make as individuals can make a difference regardless of what’s happening in Washington D.C. No matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, there are plenty of reasons to conserve energy, and that effort can begin with your home.

Whatever your motives, there’s also a financial incentive to energy conservation, especially when it comes to your real estate investment. “It’s just as much about saving money and making your home safe and comfortable as it is about conserving energy,” says Sarah Jones, Executive Director of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC). “In terms of real estate, it’s also a way to build on your capital. Putting money into energy efficiency for your home is a good investment. It will help with the resale value of your home, and it will also save you money in terms of your utility costs whether you live in your home full time or rent it out.”