The Home Front: Colorado newspapers highlight Russian influence on the election

Three out of eight newspapers in Colorado today ran front-page stories about the C.I.A. concluding with “high confidence” that Russian hackers sought to influence the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump. They were The Denver Post, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and The Durango Herald. Here’s what else landed on the front page of newspapers across Colorado currently available online at The Newseum.

“Conservation and citizen groups have asked for, and will get, a local public hearing on a proposal for a coal gasification plant at the Bowie No. 2 Mine near Paonia,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “The development comes as not just environmentalists and local residents but state officials are anxious to get a better understanding of the proposal by Bowie Resources LLC — the first such proposal of its kind in Colorado.”

Steamboat Today reports the U.S. Forest Service cited more than half a dozen snow mobilers for riding out of bounds. “The Forest Service also cited two people who were caught riding in the Zirkel Wilderness. Snowmobiling is never allowed in wilderness areas, and the Forest Service believes snowmobilers should know better.”

“Congress just passed a bill to tighten controls over when the U.S. Forest Service can have prescribed burns, but it’s unlikely that it would ever be applicable locally,” reports The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent. “U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican who represents Colorado’s sprawling 3rd District, praised the bill’s passage in a recent press release.”

The Denver Post fronts an Associated Press story about federal lawmakers vowing to probe Russian influence on the U.S. election, and Donald Trump’s dismissal of the C.I.A.’s findings. Trump is also planning to skip daily intelligence briefings— something unprecedented from a president-elect. “I get it when I need it,” he said of the top-secret briefings sessions, adding that he’s leaving it up to the briefers to decide when a development represents a “change” big enough to notify him. “I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years,” Trump said.

Millennials are impacting the dining industry, reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. They like the fast-casual experience, quick meals with less service. “A couple decades ago, the restaurant industry really focused on the service component — the relationship of waiter, waitress and bartender with guests,” Jason Barrett, co-owner of Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant and Rare Italian, told the paper. “To millennials, that’s not really important. They kind of want to get their food and then be left alone.”

The Durango Herald has a feature about John Wright, a Silverton resident who led a road-building team in Antarctica. “From 2001 to 2006, Wright was tasked with blazing a road through one of the planet’s harshest and most-unforgiving climates in an effort to construct a resupply route from the McMurdo base station on the Ross Sea coast to the South Pole research station. The hope was the thousand-plus mile trans-Antarctic haul route, funded by the United States National Science Foundation, would become the primary method of bringing supplies to the South Pole station. Opening the route would free up aircraft to undertake more science-based missions and cut operational costs.”