The Home Front: ‘When Stormy came to town’ at Denver’s Diamond Cabaret strip club

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The Home Front:  ‘When Stormy came to town’ at Denver’s Diamond Cabaret strip club

“She strutted on the stage in kicks, the way a dancer does, in a red-sequined gown and blue-and-white top hemmed in stars,” reports ColoradoPolitics. “The harmonic chords of ‘American Woman,’ the Lenny Kravitz cover, felt like kicking open a door at Denver’s Diamond Cabaret strip club Saturday night, when Stormy came to town. The political gawkers looked just like the regular gawkers in the dimly lit club where strobe lights twirl from the ceiling. The place smelled of cigars and loneliness. Stormy Daniels — who has been making a series of appearances around the country like the one Saturday in Denver — is a big deal in the adult film industry and a bigger deal in Washington politics. Daniels is suing President Donald Trump to get out of a non-disclosure agreement that barred her from talking about whether they had a fling in 2006. Weeks before the election two years ago, she took $130,000 from Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen not to say anything. Trump doesn’t deny paying the money, but he denies having the affair.”

“Over the last decade, Larimer County school districts have lost out on more than $372 million in state funding,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. “That’s according to the Colorado School Finance Project, which released updated numbers this month. The Colorado School Finance Project determined the shortfall by comparing how much Colorado school districts would have received without the budget stabilization factor, or negative factor.”

“Starting this week, Colorado’s unaffiliated voters will begin casting ballots in the state’s primary election for the first time ever,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Also for the first time, Colorado voters in both parties are faced with contested primaries for an open seat for governor. There are also crowded races for state treasurer in both parties and for attorney general among the Democrats, as well as what’s shaping up to be primaries in nearly every one of the state’s seven congressional districts and a smattering of heated contests in legislative and other races. Coincidence? Experts say no. Most primary voters will be facing more choices than ever this year thanks to the change in voting rules.”

“An FBI agent who busted moves in a downtown Denver bar may get busted. Denver’s district attorney this week is expected to decide whether the city will prosecute the agent,” reports The Denver Post. “He was off-duty but armed early Saturday when his gun fell as he did a back flip while dancing in front of a crowd and he accidentally shot a man in the lower leg, according to police reports. The wounded man was treated in a hospital and was expected to recover, according to Denver police.”

“Steep and rugged terrain made building containment lines difficult for crews fighting the 416 Fire 10 miles north of Durango on Sunday,” reports The Durango Herald. “And though rain was a welcome sight for everyone, it had no impact on the fire, according to authorities. The blaze remained at 2,255 acres and 10 percent containment Sunday night. Almost 400 firefighters are working on the fire.”

“For nearly half its existence, the Collbran Job Corps Center has been headed by William Governor Aker — Gove Aker to contemporaries, Mr. Aker to his students and staff,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “Aker finished off his career last week at the center, capping off 23 years as head of the center, a place where he worked twice before landing the top job. In that time, said Collbran Mayor Lew Evans, Aker “took a mediocre Job Corps center and made it into one of the two best in the country.” Aker is ‘a guy who just gives and gives and gives and gives and just when you think he can’t give any more, he does,’ Evans said.”

“Olympian Chloe Woodruff has confirmed she will compete in the 2018 GoPro Mountain Games on Saturday, June 9,” reports Vail Daily. “Woodruff will take on the new cross-country mountain biking course which starts at the base of Golden Peak at 10:45 a.m. A former Mountain Games competitor who has taken the last 5 years off to compete on the World Cup circuit, Woodruff found an opening in her schedule this season and is excited to make a much-anticipated return.”

“The man on the telephone had a gun to his head, but he wanted Kim Jeffries to send the police to his home so his family wouldn’t be the ones to find his body,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “Jeffries gave an ironic smile as she remembered. The man, so tormented he wanted to end his life, also didn’t want to be a burden to her. “He said he’d hang up before he pulled the trigger so I wouldn’t have to hear the gun go off,” she said. ‘So I did everything I could to keep him from hanging up.'”

“While in the University of Northern Colorado’s renowned School of Theatre Arts, Andy Kelso played guitar, wrote songs and sang for a band called Dizzynova,” reports The Greeley Tribune. The buddies played at a lounge or two near campus, plus at Herman’s Hideaway and the Paramount Café in Denver. A scholarship acting major who took musical theater classes only as electives, Kelso was in a grand total of one UNC musical. That was “West Side Story,” and he snapped his fingers and rumbled as a Jet. This is not the resume of a Broadway musical star, is it? Yet 16 years after his 2002 graduation from UNC, Kelso is established as a bona fide big-type, bright-lights lead, mostly thanks to his roughly three-year New York run (in two stints) as Charlie Price in “Kinky Boots,” composed by rock icon Cyndi Lauper.”

“Between now and June 26, the four remaining Democratic candidates vying for the party’s nomination — Mike Johnston, Cary Kennedy, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and U.S Rep. Jared Polis — will be seeing each other pretty often,” reports Denverite. “Their next public meeting will be during Monday’s debate, produced by 9News and airing on Channel 20 KTVD at 7 p.m. There still isn’t a clear frontrunner, but conventional wisdom among close observers right now is that there’s a split between Kennedy and Polis as the most popular candidates and Johnston not far behind.”

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