The Home Front: Colorado ‘fireworks fanatic’ applies for permit to ‘build the world’s largest aerial firework’

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“It turns out that you need a special use permit to build the world’s largest aerial firework in Routt County,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “Steamboat Springs fireworks fanatic Tim Borden was frustrated to learn that the county was requiring him to apply for a special use permit to build the firework on his property. Borden intends to donate the firework to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to be fired off at Winter Carnival in February. He estimated in June that the shell would be 2,400 pounds, the heaviest firework in existence. Representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records will verify the firework’s weight before it is fired.”

“Gary Fuentes, a former Greeley-Evans School District 6 student and now a parent of a child in the district, said he was impressed to see what the district has done with the mill levy override funds at Greeley West High School,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “Fuentes is a member of the citizens’ oversight committee, which was formed in 2017 to oversee the spending of revenue from the $14 million-per-year mill levy override voters passed for the school district last November.”

“The Bureau of Land Management has approved a proposed utility right of way for a northeast Utah oil shale project,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “The approval facilitates the supply of utilities to Enefit American Oil’s South Project, and transport of produced oil from it. Enefit is seeking to develop a 50,000-barrel-a-day project to produce oil from shale on private land and minerals owned by the company. Enefit proposes mining and retorting the shale to produce oil.”

“The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man shot to death Saturday in the rural Copper Gulch neighborhood 25 miles southwest of Canon City,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “The victim was Jonathon Kern, 27, of Cotopaxi. He was the victim of a single gunshot wound, said Fremont County Undersheriff Megan Richards. The shooting occurred in a driveway next to the street near 30th Trail and K Path in Copper Gulch, said Fremont County Detective Sgt. Mike Jolliffe. No arrests have been made.”

“Breckenridge has joined a growing list of opponents to Amendment 74, an effort to update Colorado’s Constitution by requiring that owners receive ‘just compensation’ when a government action diminishes the ‘fair market value’ of private property,” reports Summit Daily. “The proposed amendment is sponsored by the Colorado Farm Bureau and backed by the oil and gas industry. It will appear on the November ballot, asking voters to add only 11 words to the state constitution.”

“On a sunny fall day, Carolina Nyarady glanced over at her hives buzzing with bees getting ready for winter and spoke of how the vegetation around Loveland, particularly flowering lindens, adds to the honey she harvests and sells,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “One of the lovely things about being an urban beekeeper with honey is that they have a lot of floral sources that give the honey a lovely flavor,” said Nyarady, a third-generation beekeeper and full-time veterinarian.”

“For a couple of decades now, the Gypsum Recreation Committee has been the little group that could. Judging by the new five-year recreation plan compiled by the committee’s members, they don’t plan to give up that mantle,” reports Vail Daily. “Back in the early 2000s, members of the group came up with the then-audacious plan to build a large recreation center in town. Those were the days before Costco, and many area residents questioned the community’s ability to finance such an ambitious undertaking.”

“As climate change jeopardizes the world’s doomsday seed vault near the North Pole, a similar Fort Collins facility continues to stock up its collection,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins.

“For nearly four decades, Chaffee County sheriff’s deputies took infrequent sojourns along a winding road up the side of Mount Shavano in search of the skeleton of a woman involved in a bitter love triangle who vanished in 1980,” reports The Denver Post on the front page of The Cañon City Daily Record. “This week, more than 30 law enforcement and scientific specialists returned to a location on the mountain kept secret by law enforcement. They are sweeping an area, about 10 miles northwest of Salida, where a few of Beverly England’s bones were discovered in 1992 during one of the prior searches.”

“A pair of Regional Transportation District bus routes that ferry residents between Longmont and downtown Denver are safe. For now,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “RTD planned cuts to the LD bus routes beginning in January citing low ridership. RTD representative Nataly Handlos told about 50 people at the Longmont Public Library on Wednesday that the plan to change the routes was pulled on Wednesday afternoon.”

“Colorado Springs’ popular northeast side — home to some of the city’s more affordable homes and bustling with shopping, dining and recreation — is now near the top of the nation’s hottest neighborhoods,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “The city’s 80922 ZIP code ranked No. 2 out of 32,000 nationwide in Realtor.com’s fourth annual study of hot ZIP codes released Wednesday. The area moved up several spots from last year’s No. 7 ranking by the California-based online real estate service.”

“With a tweet from her lawyer, Boulder’s Deborah Ramirez sent out a message of encouragement to Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday morning before Ford faces a Senate panel to talk about her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” reports The Denver Post. “Ramirez is the second person to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. Ford was the first. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations. John Clune, the attorney for Ramirez, tweeted early Thursday: “From Debbie Ramirez: ‘Thinking of you today, Christine. They want us to feel alone and isolated but I’m there wrapping my arms around you and I hope you feel the people of this nation wrapping their arms around all of us. Holding you up in spirit.’”

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