The Home Front: Election Day eve coverage and a 3.1 earthquake in northern Colorado

With one day left before Election Day, here are the political (or non political) stories newspapers across Colorado are carrying on their front pages today:

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel fronts an Associated Press story out of Washington, D.C. under the headline “FBI clears Clinton in review of new emails.” So does The Longmont Times-Call (“At 11th hour, FBI clears Clinton on emails again”),The Loveland Reporter-Herald (“FBI clears Clinton on emails”), The Colorado Springs Gazette (“No charges against Clinton again”), and The Denver Post (“Again, no FBI email charge”.)

“Roaring Fork High School government teacher Lyn Williams says he has to wonder when he hears that social studies teachers are stressing out about how to teach civics during an election season that’s been anything but civil,” reports The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent. “Instead, he and other teachers in the Roaring Fork School District say they embrace the opportunity to teach young people how to filter through the rhetoric and name-calling, and to simply understand the importance of being socially and politically conscious.”

The Greeley Tribune reports on a 3.1 magnitude earthquake that hit northern Colorado Sunday morning. “The epicenter is believed to be about a mile northwest of Kersey. The 3.1 magnitude earthquake is categorized as a small quake on the Richter scale and occurred about 10 a.m. Sunday, one half mile north of U.S. 34 and one half mile west of Weld County Road 53, according to latitude/longitude readings on the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center website.”

The Coloradoan in Fort Collins has a front-page story for those who haven’t turned in their ballots yet about what they need to know. “First things first: No matter what, do not mail your ballot. Seriously, don’t even think about putting a stamp on that envelope. This late in the game, chances are slim to none that the county clerk will receive your ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day, which is Tuesday, unless you see to its delivery yourself.”

A new report shows lower enrollment at schools in the Steamboat Springs area, reports The Steamboat Pilot. “Fewer births during the recession years and the newly opened Mountain Village Montessori Charter School are the two variables leading to the slower enrollment growth, according to the 22-page report, completed in late October.”

The Durango Herald fronts a piece about the final hours of ballot counting in Colorado and how to make sure your vote counts. “The public also is invited to stop by an Election Night Open House sponsored by The Durango Herald and The League of Women Voters of La Plata County. The event is from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Durango Herald office, 1275 Main Ave. Participants can watch results on several big-screen televisions.”

A marijuana grow is irking neighbors in north Boulder, which earned the operation a $10,000 penalty, The Daily Camera reports. “The facility, just west of the corner of Broadway and Lee Hill Drive, is registered as Dandelion Grow and is owned by the same group representing Native Roots Dispensary, the largest pot chain and license holder in Colorado. It’s Dandelion’s second violation this month related to odor, which in total has cost the grow $14,000 in fines — more than any other single fine the city has administered since recreational marijuana became legal Jan. 1, 2014.”

Vail Daily has what local voters need to know before Election Day, the end of “what seems like one of the most interminable election seasons ever.”

The Denver Post has a piece about Colorado voters who prefer to wait until Election Day to vote regardless of the state’s two-year-old mail-in ballot election system. “They don’t mind if they have to stand in line. They don’t mind if the campaigns won’t stop calling about their ballots. They are Colorado’s last-minute voters, the kind of people who used to be called just “voters” until mail-in ballots and early voting turned Election Day into Election Month and made the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November into less of an event to attend and more of a deadline to meet.”