The Home Front: Fracking in a neighborhood, Trump back in Colorado, Clinton up 8 points

A state agency approved a major oil-and-gas project near a neighborhood has locals living there crying foul, according The Greeley Tribune. “Staff at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Friday approved a permit by Extraction Oil and Gas to site 22 oil and gas wells on a plot of land surrounded by west Greeley neighborhoods, giving the controversial project the go-ahead after a several-month delay. … Triple Creek was the first project in the state to meet definitions under new state rules implemented this year, which trigger more conversations and discussions about the impacts of large oil and gas facilities. The sheer timing of the city approval effectively negated its earlier state approval. … Triple Creek was the first large-scale project approved with new state rules that were supposed to find more protections for them from encroaching oil and gas development, but neighbors say it is now clear they’re not working.”

“Six local men — each of whom allegedly made agreements for sex with agents posing as 14-year-olds — were caught up in a sting operation conducted over two days last week by the FBI and local law enforcement,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “All of the men are alleged to have connected with either FBI agents or local agency detectives on the website Craigslist.com. Some of the men posted lurid personal ads on the site, to which law enforcement responded, while others sent messages to undercover agents who had posted phony ads with sexual overtones.”

The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent profiles a local couple who lost their business because of changes to FedEx ground. “In January of this year “FedEx Ground announced plans to implement independent service provider (ISP) agreements across its entire U.S. pickup and delivery network, including Colorado,” Perry Colosimo, managing director of communications for FedEx Ground, said in an email to the Post Independent. The Gills said this new model for contractors was essentially forcing them to either triple the size of their territory or get out.”

The Loveland Reporter-Herald has a dispatch from a CSU rally by Bernie Sanders in support of Hillary Clinton. “Sanders spoke at a rally at University of Colorado Boulder later that evening in support of ColoradoCare, and he spoke with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at an event in Denver on Sunday.”

“Two Loveland residents with competing visions hope voters will elect them to represent the 51st District in the Colorado House of Representatives,” reports The Fort Collins Coloradoan. Both Hugh McKean and Jody Shadduck-McNally have spent time talking to voters and developing their stances on a range of issues that affect the northern Front Range, including education, transportation and growth in the region.”

The Boulder Daily Camera reports on a visit from Donald Trump Jr. to “the heart of liberal Boulder.” The campaign stop was forced to change venues after a local restaurant declined to allow him to hold a rally. “Trump Jr. didn’t take questions from the press,” the paper reports. “We have the guts to come in all over the place,” Trump Jr. told the crowd, “because my father wants to be president for all people.”

A fire near Westcliff has grown to more than 15,000 acres, reports The Cañon City Daily Record.

The Denver Post reports how a 1978 survey error “opened door to downtown pot shop in town that still says ‘No!‘” “Despite its location at the gateway to Winter Park — where retail sale of pot is banned — the Valley Hi remains just outside town boundaries, in Grand County, where recreational and medical weed sales are OK.”

Donald Trump is coming back to Colorado Springs today, and will be at Norris Penrose Event Center at 1 p.m., The Gazette reports.

Denverite is reporting that a new poll shows Hillary Clinton up eight points in Colorado.

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