The Home Front: More creepy clown Colorado stories, an exorcism, and Donald Trump, not in that order

The Home Front: More creepy clown Colorado stories, an exorcism, and Donald Trump, not in that order

More millennials in Colorado live with their parents than the national averageThe Denver Post is reporting today. “Despite the fact that Colorado and other states saw an increase in income and a decrease in poverty rates between 2014 and 2015, more young adults are living with their parents than at any time in the past 130 years, according to recent national studies.”

Groups that backed failed efforts to put anti-fracking measures on this year’s ballot have turned their attention, energy, and resources elsewhere, reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “For now, they’re turning their attentions to opposing Initiative 71, known as Raise the Bar, which is on this fall’s ballot. It would require backers of any initiative that would amend the state Constitution to obtain signatures from at least 2 percent of registered voters in each state Senate district in order to get the initiative on the ballot. Constitutional amendment initiatives also would need to get the approval of at least 55 percent of voters to pass.”

Donald Trump graces today’s front page of the Loveland Reporter-Herald for a story previewing his Monday visit to the city. “In the announcement, the campaign notes that he will hold a rally at 6 p.m. at the Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch, 5290 Arena Circle. Doors will open at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online.”

The Longmont Times-Call has a story today about how $7 million fire station replacements are part of a $26.5 million bond. “In 2000, the city issued bonds to pay for the Recreation Center and Roosevelt Park projects. City finance staff have allocated $2.8 million per year in the budget to pay off that bond, but it will be paid off in 2019.”

The “creepy clown” story out of Greeley won’t go away. On The Tribune’s front page again today, the story has advanced to news about students being detained for making alleged “clown threats.” Several Greeley-Evans School District 6 students “received Facebook messages from fake profiles of clowns, who made further threats of a shooting. By Wednesday evening, Greeley police officers had detained two District 6 students in connection with the threats.”

More from today’s Tribune:

Fewer than 24 hours after police detained her, an 11-year-old boy brought a BB gun to Franklin Middle School. He had a backpack with an image of a clown on it, according to Tymkowych. A Greeley police press release reported the boy told other students that he would wear “clown gloves” when he used the gun. The boy was initially released to a parent, the release said, “but due to the elements of the student’s actions (he) was then placed at Platte Valley Youth Detention Center.”

The Pueblo Chieftain reports on a DEA raid resulting in 22,000 pounds of pot confiscated across five counties. “The large-scale operation targeted an unnamed organization that was reportedly growing marijuana here and shipping it out of state.”

The city of Longmont is defending itself against a police discrimination lawsuit, per today’s edition of The Coloradoan. “Fort Collins “specifically denies that it committed unlawful employment practices,” according to the 42-page answer. ” … Defendant Fort Collins specifically denies any discrimination or unequal treatment in the manner in which officers are or are not disciplined.” The word ‘denies’ appears 241 times in the document.”

Here’s a headline you don’t see every day, courtesy of The Aspen Times: “Amaya’s ex-wife says they tried exorcism of him two years before double homicide.” The sanity of the man on trial, Williams Anderson Amaya, “is the focus of the trial. He fatally shot his aunt and uncle in their house in the Sopris Village subdivision in the El Jebel area in July 2014. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The exorcism was attempted more than two years prior to the double homicide.”

The Durango Herald previews the upcoming measures local voters will find on their ballots next month and how those measures will affect their wallets.

“Boulder County is preparing revisions to oil-and-gas regulations, reports The Daily Camera. “Boulder County commissioners hope to have revised oil and gas regulations in place by Nov. 18, the date their current moratorium on accepting and processing new applications for oil and gas development in unincorporated areas of the county will expire.”

Homelessness is “getting worse” in Fremont County, leaders say, according to The Cañon City Daily Record, the first in a three-part series the paper is doing about homelessness.

In Colorado Springs, city council districts are shifting as part of a re-districting effort, The Gazette reports. “All six City Council districts, whose seats are up for election April 4, gain or lose a little in the redistricting of Colorado Springs released Wednesday by City Clerk Sarah Johnson.”


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Corey Hutchins

is a journalist in Colorado, and Columbia Journalism Review's Rocky Mountain correspondent for the United States Project. Follow him on Twitter @CoreyHutchins and email him at CoreyHutchins [at] gmail [dot] com.

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