The Home Front: A bomb threat, trail erosion and the fight over “Free the Nipple”

Denver’s growth spurt has slowed down — slightly — writes Jon Murray on the front page of the Denver Post today. The city is still growing fast, according to census data, but the growth rate has slowed for the first time in this decade. Why? “A slowing economy, slowing birth rates, our aging population and slower labor force growth.”

President Donald Trump’s move yesterday to roll back Obama-era energy regulations topped several papers across the state today. The Colorado Springs Gazette topped its page with an AP story explaining the unraveling: “Declaring an end to what he’s called ‘the war on coal,'” the order “eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with leaders across the globe.”

The same story led the Greeley Tribune, which also fronted a story about a local feedlot which has won a national award for feedyard of the year by a beef quality group. For all you non-vegetarians in Colorado, “chances are good you’ve eaten beef raised on the feedyard.”

The popularity of Boulder’s Mount Sanitas trail has been its downfall, reports the Daily Camera, with a front page story announcing a multiyear repair project aimed at restoring erosion. Other popular trails, like Chautauqua near the Flatirons, are also getting the royal treatment.

On the front page of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel today: Central High School students were evacuated yesterday morning after an anonymous man called in threatening violence with guns and bombs if he didn’t receive $10,000 in a black duffel bag. The claim was “unsubstantiated” after a thorough search.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has proposed a new, shorter timeline for highway repairs in Big Thompson Canyon following the 2013 flood, the Loveland Reporter-Herald reports today. The reduction from three to two years will reduce the impact of major traffic delays.

Where do Fort Collins City Council members stand on issues like transit, occupancy regulations and a lawsuit over “Free the Nipple”? The Coloradoan fronts its paper today with an infographic looking at how all 10 members feel about the top five issues the next council is likely to address. “Free the Nipple” is surprisingly contentious.

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