The Home Front: Rigging Colorado’s election ‘nearly impossible,’ ballot selfie threat ‘misguided’

Profits for Seagate, a data storage company in Longmont, “have more than tripled in the last year as the company has cut costs and stepped up orders of high-capacity drives,” reports The Times-Call.

The Greeley Tribune has the story of a former school resource officer who returned as a substitute teacher at LaSalle schools. “The first time a kindergartner ran up to me and hugged my leg I had no clue what to do,” Chris Cruz said with a laugh. “Working with kids was scary because you never know how they’re going to react to police.”

Land and energy was the focus of a debate between Democrat Gail Schwartz and incumbent GOP Congressman Scott Tipton in the race for the 3rd District congressional seat in Colorado, per The Pueblo Chieftain. “With Chieftain Managing Editor Steve Henson acting as moderator, the two sparred back and forth over those policies and what Tipton called a lie with Schwartz’s contention that Tipton is systematically selling off public lands so energy companies can explore them. Schwartz repeated her contention that Tipton’s bills are a pattern of forcing the lands into state hands, and when states can’t afford the land they will sell them off to fossil fuel energy interests, a large contributor to Tipton, she said.”

The Steamboat Pilot reports more drivers are using a local charging station. “The city of Steamboat Springs’ electric vehicle charging station on 10th Street has charged up electric vehicles 232 times since it came online in June 2015, according to data provided by the city Thursday. The station has prevented about 236 gallons of gasoline from being used.”

“St. Mary’s Hospital is closing its Life Center pool and gymnasium as the hospital moves to focus on medical and surgical care,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

The Cañon City Daily Record reports “There were both positive reports and criticism during the annual meeting for the Lincoln Park Superfund site Wednesday evening in Cañon City. State, federal and Cotter Corp. officials gave updates and explained the process that will lead to an eventual cleanup of the defunct uranium mill and nearby neighborhood Lincoln Park contamination.”

A judge in Fort Collins says a lawsuit against the city’s topless ban can continue, according to The Coloradoan. “Activists Brittiany Hoagland and Samantha Six, who are members of the national Free the Nipple movement, claim in a lawsuit the city ordinance passed a year ago violates their constitutional rights.”

The Gazette in Colorado Springs reports on how a “misguided ballot selfie threat” is riling Colorado voters after “the Denver District Attorney’s Office on Thursday reminded voters it’s illegal to share photos of a completed ballot on social media.”

A juvenile murder suspect will be re-sentenced for a 1995 crime, reports The Durango Herald. “Raymond Cain, who was 17 at the time, was tried and convicted as an adult of first-degree murder for the death of Sadie Frost, 18. His sentence will likely be modified as the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that applies retroactively and prohibits juveniles from being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His case is the first of its kind to be resentenced in Colorado.”

Rigging the vote would be nearly impossible in Colorado, reports The Denver Post.