The Home Front: Flash flood victims in the Springs didn’t have insurance, Broncos coverage and more

Ballot initiative concerns, flash flood victims, police seeking dispatchers, the Bronocs, and local produce in public schools took up the front page real estate today.

A lawmaker from the Durango area, Republican Sen. Ellen Roberts, “believes fellow lawmakers inappropriately meddled with the initiative process to project problems with a primary election ballot question,” reports The Durango Herald. “The measure would allow unaffiliated voters to vote in nonpresidential primary elections, but they would have to cast their votes for a single party.”

Homeowners whose homes flooded in downtown Colorado Springs during a flash flood in August aren’t getting any financial help, The Gazette reports. “None of them had purchased flood insurance, which is separate from homeowners coverage, so insurance companies aren’t paying. No one declared the storm damage a national emergency, so federal agencies aren’t paying. The city denies accusations uncleaned drainage systems are to blame, so it’s not paying.”

The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent has a story about cost spikes on a local pedestrian bridge.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel continued its coverage in a four-day series delving “into the killings of three children who were known to the Mesa County Department of Human Services, as part of a broader examination of the child welfare and foster care systems in the county.”

The Greeley Tribune runs a piece from its pages 100 years ago about how frost ended the growing season for local crops.

Boulder police agencies are seeking dispatchers, reports The Longmont Times-Call.

A body camera on a Fort Collins police officer caught the first killing on tape for the agency, reports The Coloradoan. “Two of the three Fort Collins officers who fired a burst of shots at a knife-wielding man Aug. 25 had their cameras activated, the footage of which apparently proved to be instrumental in clearing them of any wrongdoing in fatally shooting 63-year-old Jerry Jackson. Officers made “no fewer than 18 commands” ordering Jackson to drop a recently purchased fillet knife before they deployed Tasers and ultimately fired their service weapons, Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Riedel wrote this week in a letter clearing the officers of any wrongdoing.”

The Denver Post fronts Broncos coverage this morning. “Behind another spectacular performance by linebacker Von Miller and a defense that scored twice, the Broncos fended off a late push by the Colts for a 34-20 victory Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Miller’s strip-sack of Luck led to the game-clinching fumble return for a score by linebacker Shane Ray with less than two minutes left.”

Boulder County school districts will add more local produce to food to their menus, The Daily Camera reports. “While school lunches generally don’t have all local — or at least all Colorado — ingredients, both the St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley school districts are working with area farmers to include more local food.”

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