The Home Front: Corruption alleged in Garfield, two White House hopefuls in Colorado, and more


“With a series of 19 Colorado Open Records Act requests, submitted between June and September, the Garfield County Democrats and commissioner candidate John Acha say they’ve unearthed documentation of corruption in the county government,” The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent reports. “More specifically they point the finger at 20-year Commissioner John Martin, who Acha is running to supplant.”

The Loveland Reporter-Herald fronts a big campaign stop by Donald Trump. “He pledged to change the tax code, ‘despite being a big beneficiary, I must admit.’ But now, Trump said, he’s working for the people and plans for ‘the largest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.'”

The Longmont Times-Call fronted a campaign stop by Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. “In a wide-ranging speech to an estimated 1,200 supporters at the University of Colorado South Denver campus near Parker, Johnson touched on basic themes of his campaign, from free market economics to balancing the budget, marriage equality, curbing health care costs through competition and support of the Second Amendment – though with discussion of measures to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and the mentally ill.”

The city manager of Grand Junction says the city’s budget has “hit bottom,” according to today’s Daily Sentinel. “The city currently is asking employees who qualify and who are interested to voluntarily consider temporary or permanent layoffs.”

Cameras were rolling yesterday on the set of the Robert Redford Netflix film “Our Souls at Night,” in Cañon City, according to The Daily Record.

The Greeley Tribune IDs a man who fell and died on Long’s Peak over the weekend as Scott Corliss, an area doctor. “Most don’t climb Longs Peak this late into the season because freezing overnight temperatures can make the route icy and treacherous in the early morning. But Scott was experienced, and he knew that, and he was ready, his brother said Monday. Besides, Scott relied on the mountains to work through severe depression after the darkest period in his life.”

“On its face, the proposal is simple: Let Larimer County government get involved in providing broadband internet access. If the question on the Nov. 8 ballot passes, that’s where the proposal gets murkier,” reports The Fort Collins Coloradoan. “The Larimer County commissioners unanimously agreed in August to put the countywide ballot measure before voters this November. They were also unanimous in saying that its passage doesn’t guarantee any immediate action on the broadband front. It would just provide the county options to help bring high-speed internet to underserved areas.”

A year after Boulder stopped enforcing occupancy laws allowing more than three or four people to share a home if they are unrelated, the city is looking at how to handle it when it comes to co-op housing, The Daily Camera reports. “The basic question behind the city’s co-op debate — How can Boulder make this alternative housing form easier to set up, without disrupting neighborhoods and the market? — has provoked a deep political divide over the last several months.”

The Durango Herald reports how “staff have found a firm to rewrite the county land-use code, which is expected to be the key to an easier permitting process for local businesses.”

The Gazette reports on a budget proposal by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “In the budget submitted to City Council Monday, general fund increases include $3.2 million to employee pay, $1 million to stormwater infrastructure projects and $2.2 million to funding for sworn police and fire pension plans.”

News laws pave the way for students with down syndrome to go to colleges, reports The Denver Post, and the first cohort is on their way. “The students are not likely to graduate with bachelor’s degrees, but with nationally recognized certificates showing their courses, grades, internships and qualifications that prepared them for the workforce.”