The Home Front: Did a grant for distressed Colorado coal communities go to the right place?

The Home Front: Did a grant for distressed Colorado coal communities go to the right place?

A Western Slope lawmaker is questioning whether a $650,000 federal grant, which went to Gunnison to help communities recover from lost coal jobs is going to the right place. “I couldn’t believe that somebody is so out of touch that they don’t know where the workforce resides,” GOP Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose told The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “Coram was referring to the quirk of political line-drawing geography that left the coal in the North Fork of the Gunnison in Gunnison County and the miners who worked them in Delta County.”

The Greeley Tribune profiles some local victims rights advocates.

An ex-gang member in a wheelchair from a paralyzing gun shot is profiled by The Pueblo Chieftain. His message: Don’t follow in his footsteps. “And while Rudy Salazar, 39, turned his back on the gang lifestyle, the remnants of that tumultuous time — crude tattoos that cover his face and body, aching memories of a wasted life, unending pain from chronic pressure wounds — never left him.”

Steamboat City Council will fund holiday lights downtown, per The Steamboat Pilot.

The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent reports how with the election a week and a half away, “advocates are pushing for solid voter turnout in the Latino community.” For instance, “The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition has been working to register as many eligible voters as it can, but now in the homestretch their efforts are transitioning into a get out the vote campaign.”

The Aspen Skiing Co. has added a staff person to deal with the issue of affordable housing, reports The Aspen Times. “Jeffreys’ first task is taking inventory of Skico’s stock of affordable housing as well as the available units in the community. Next, he will look at the potential Skico has for building projects on its own properties as well as in partnership with other parties, according to Laing. Some landowners have approached the company with the offer to team up on projects, he said.”

The Fort Collins Coloradoan has a report today from inside the $295.5 million the Poudre School District wants for new schools, breaking down the numbers.

The Denver Post unveiled a new arts and culture site called The Know. “The site’s previous incarnation, Reverb, covered music for nine years and even won some awards along the way. We will continue to be embedded in the music scene, bringing you news, trends, the best shows and, of course, The UMS.”

The Durango Herald checks in on how folks feel about this year’s aid-in-dying ballot measure and the big money pouring in on both sides .

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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.

1 Comment

  1. buford on said:

    That has always been a bone of contention between Delta County and Gunnison County…we, the North Fork Vally, got all the dirty stuff, and Gunnison got all the Tax money…yep, Gunnison county fought hard to keep it that way as well…

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