The Home Front: Man to Aspen cops: ‘I own you,’ daddy will ‘take care of this,’ town ‘sucks,’ just here to ‘do drugs’
Behind the front-page stories of election coverage in today’s Vail Daily is a classic hapless-drunk tale of a man from St. Lois who is accused of making a scene at three local bars before allegedly telling the cops “I pay your f—ing salaries, I own you,” and explaining how his “rich daddy” will “take care of this.” Actually, it turns out mommy took care of it when she paid the 39-year-old man’s $134 tab over the phone, the paper reported. But it gets better. The cops say they let the man go, but he came back, and, according to a police report, “began ‘dry-humping’ with the fence in front of the restaurant windows while ‘flipping them off’ and mouthing the words ‘f—k you.'” Later, in the back of a police car, the man allegedly told them, “This town f—ing sucks, I am just here to do drugs.”
“A long, contentious campaign season is over — nationally, statewide and locally,” reports The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent.”Today’s the day; vote if you haven’t.” The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports “More than 128,000 Larimer County residents had already voted by Monday morning. If numbers from 2012 hold true, when 93 percent of active registered voters cast a ballot, another 83,000 ballots will be cast between Monday morning and 7 p.m. Tuesday, which is Election Day.”
The Larimer County clerk is expecting final voting results by Wednesday, reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers said Monday that election judges cannot verify more than 20,000 votes on a single day, and based on historical vote counts, there likely will be more than 20,000 votes cast on Tuesday.”
Steamboat Today reports how young people voting for the first time in the area are “overwhelmed” with this election. “Millennials, ages 18 to 35, are now the United State’s largest living generation at 31 percent, surpassing the Baby Boomers, ages 52 to 70, earlier this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, giving them significant power at the polls, if they turn out to vote.”
Colorado’s new all-mail voting system adds a “new vibe,” to Election Day, reports Boulder’s Colorado Daily. “If you knock on doors today, the most common thing you’re going to hear is, ‘Gee, I’ve already voted,'” one source told the paper. “It used to be that all your activity and advertising was aimed at this one day. Now, we don’t have an election day. We have an election season.”
The Boulder Daily Camera reports on a possible illegal shooting of a deer on city open space in Eldorado Springs. “It is something we are going to look into to see what transpired and if there was something criminal that happened,” said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. A hiker found the deer, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound in the shoulder, dead near a trail.
“A 48-year-old woman — who was accused in 2013 of offering topless barbering services in Johnstown and Loveland — was arrested in Wyoming on Friday on suspicion of bigamy and violating bond conditions by leaving the state without court approval,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. The woman “is slated to appear for an arraignment hearing Nov. 18 pending charges related to practicing cosmetology and massaging without a license. She also has been suspected of running prostitution rings at various salons.”
The Durango Herald re-printed a piece by The Washington Post about a plague of high suicide rates among middle-aged white women in La Plata County. “Colorado has the fourth-highest suicide rate in the nation for white women ages 45 to 54. Among Colorado counties with a population of at least 30,000, La Plata has the highest. Since 2007, 14 middle-aged white women have killed themselves here. The Post looked at half of those cases and found striking commonalities: Most worked physically demanding jobs. Most suffered from chronic pain. And most struggled with mental-health issues that, surviving friends and relatives say, were addressed through psychiatric medications that were ultimately ineffective.”
“After an unexpected issue with the elevator at the Fremont County Administration Building, the location for in-person voting in Cañon City has moved,” reports the Daily Record. “The Fremont County Clerk’s Office said the elevator broke down last week and that they have had maintenance work on the elevator, but to be on the safe side, they have moved in-person voting.”
“A pregnant woman is dead and her 28-year-old boyfriend in custody in the wake of a Sunday afternoon shooting that also left another man hospitalized with a non-life threatening wound,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
The Denver Post looks at whether more voters in Colorado are holding onto their ballots as usual this year. “While turnout was brisk Monday, some clerks were bracing for a crush of Election Day drop-offs and in-person voting at drop boxes and voting centers, with lines of cars more likely than people. But that’s coupled with a measure of unpredictability surrounding the first presidential election conducted under Colorado’s model of mailing ballots to all active voters.”
“A key demographic in this year’s election has been Latino voters, and Democrats have sought to harness opposition to Trump’s immigration policies and inflammatory statements to the betterment of all Democratic candidates,” reports The Gazette.
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