The Home Front: A ‘yet-to-be publicly named’ minor league baseball team coming to Pueblo?

“The owner of the minor league baseball team looking to relocate here will be in town Wednesday as Pueblo County officials detail the Youth, Entertainment and Sports project,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “County officials said the owner of the team will announce his intention to move his team here. The yet-to-be publicly named Minor League Baseball team will relocate to Pueblo, after Major League Baseball identified and promoted the viability of a team here. The team is owned by three generations of family members, some of whom plan to move to Pueblo and oversee the team’s operations.”

“Exploratory drilling that has resulted in about two miles of road being built in a roadless area in the North Fork Valley has yielded promising preliminary results for Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine, even as environmentalists continue to try in court to stop the company’s development of the area,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “Arch Coal is hoping to expand its underground mine by operating beneath about 1,700 acres of the Sunset Roadless area. Late last year, the Bureau of Land Management issued lease modifications covering the acreage after the U.S. Forest Service consented to the leases.”

“A lot has changed since 1953, the year laborers broke ground on the old Grand Avenue bridge in Glenwood Springs,” reports The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent. “For one, Daniel Issaac J. Thornton no longer serves as governor of Colorado as he did during the old bridge’s construction. Instead, this Friday, June 22, 65 years later, Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to deliver remarks ahead of the new Grand Avenue Bridge’s historic ribbon cutting ceremony.”

“The Longmont Museum received a $20,000 grant that will enable staff to accommodate 1,170 more area schoolchildren for tours of the museum and 70 more kids for summer camps,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “The grant comes from the Equitable Access Project, an initiative of the Dodge Family Fund. This summer, the money will fund full tuition for summer camps for children in Boulder and Weld counties based on need.”

“A new parks and recreation master plan is in development, and repair and upgrades to infrastructure at Howelsen Hill Park are likely priorities,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “Representatives of Logan Simpson, the consulting firm creating the plan, shared recommendations it intended to include in the new master plan in a meeting with the Steamboat Spring Parks and Recreation Commission last week.”

“While Fort Collins Police Services is reporting more contacts with people who are transient and homeless, disruptive behaviors in Old Town and the city appear to be down, according to police officials,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. “If I’m walking downtown right now, I’m not seeing the same groups hanging around on the corners, blocking the sidewalks with their large amount of possessions with them … I’m not seeing the same kind of disruptive behavior that I’ve seen last year,” patrol division Lt. Jerry Schiager said.”

“A Loveland woman says she was harassed Saturday by a man traveling door-to-door who claimed to be a Loveland Reporter-Herald employee selling newspaper subscriptions,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “The Reporter-Herald does not sell subscriptions door-to-door and has not for years. Kassidy Barker was visiting a friend near Diana Drive west of BF Kitchen Elementary School when she answered the door around 2 p.m. A man who gave his name as David Centers said he was offering $1 subscriptions to the paper and needed two more to fill his quota for the day, she said. Barker said she initially began filling out his form, which carried the Reporter-Herald logo and was placed over a sheet of pink carbon copy paper, but stopped when Centers changed his requested payment to $20. Centers also carried a tablet, presumably to take credit or debit payments, Barker said.”

“Taft Conlin was a boy on the cusp of becoming a young man,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “He wanted independence, to ski more with his friends than his dad and mom. On the other hand, the night before 13-year-old Taft died, he heard a noise, got scared and crawled into bed with his dad. Taft’s parents, Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Stephen Conlin, testified Monday, June 18, the day before what would have been their son’s 20th birthday.”

“Crews battling the Burro Fire took got back to work on Monday after a weekend of ‘wetting rain’ that calmed the flames,” reports The Cortez Journal. “Fire behavior on the Burro and 416 fires was limited on Monday, with little or no growth, and crews focused on mopping up and securing fire lines, according to the day’s incident action plan.”

“The 10th annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival may be a little different than in years past, but organizers say there still will be a ‘tremendous’ amount of fun at this year’s event,” reports The Cañon City Daily Record. “Advertisement Set for Friday and Saturday, the festival has lined up bands, beer and a number of whitewater events.”

“An important public office has been saved, but the man running it is currently working without pay or health insurance as elected officials squabble over rights and responsibilities,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “Boulder County’s state-appointed public trustee, Jim Martin, has been dealing with a cash crisis for the past few years as the area’s real estate market reduced demand for his services. That, combined with a state-mandated fee that hasn’t been increased since 2001, sent the office into the red, with money projected to run out last month. Default was narrowly avoided in May when Boulder County Treasurer Paul Weissmann agreed to fund the office’s operations through February, when a new Legislature could take up the issue across Colorado’s public trustee system. But the agreement did not include Martin’s salary.”

“New this summer at the popular Paradise Cove diving and swimming hole near Guffey: no alcohol, no loud music, no unleashed dogs and no parking outside designated areas,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “And as of a few weeks ago, there’s a $6-per-vehicle daily fee to access the remote, 80-acre spot formally known as Guffey Gorge. But some in pursuit of paradise are ignoring the changes, said Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener. “It’s still used heavily,” he said Monday. “And folks disregard the signs. They park anywhere they want. And we’re still getting folks climbing the rocks to jump in the water hole and getting hurt.” At least three people injured themselves over the past few weeks by diving from 80-plus-foot granite cliffs into the waterfall-fed natural pool, Wegener said. A damaged ankle, a separated shoulder and other injuries have been reported, he said.”

“In their final debate before the June 26 primary, the four Democrats vying for a chance to become Colorado’s next governor tussled Monday evening over everything from immigration and guns, to the state’s rural divide and oil and gas drilling,” reports The Denver Post. “But the real fight came on the topic of campaign-trail tactics, where the candidates again picked one another apart over allegations of negative television ads and inappropriate campaign financing.”

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