The Home Front: University of Colorado researchers plan to launch a satellite to explore the universe’s ‘dark ages’

Your morning roundup of stories from the front pages of newspapers across Colorado

“University of Colorado researchers are planning to put a satellite in orbit around the moon to observe what they call the universe’s ‘dark ages’ — an era just 15 million to 30 million years after the Big Bang, before the first stars illuminated the cosmic dawn,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “‘What we’re doing is we’re really opening up a whole new window to the early universe that has never been explored before,’ said Jack Burns, a CU professor of astrophysics and planetary science and also vice president emeritus for academic affairs and research at the university.”

“The divide in views about drilling by Ursa Resources near homes in Battlement Mesa is reflective of a larger gulf across the state when it comes to oil and gas development in proximity to residential areas,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “On one side are homeowners worried about impacts to their health, quality of life and property values. On the other are industry supporters who say drilling can occur safely in such areas, creating jobs, tax revenues and energy production and allowing people to cash in on their mineral rights.”

“The cordial Dugout Bar and Grill employee, with television remote in hand as he looked up at the set in the corner just inside the front door, was nice enough to ask,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “Are you watching the Rockies?” he inquired of the group of three fans sitting beneath the TV, leaving the impression he would switch the set from the Nationals-Rockies game to one of the afternoon NFL games in roughly 1.4 seconds if there weren’t any objections. After all, those at the bar and throughout the place wanted to follow their fantasy teams, whether on the NFL Network’s Red Zone or on telecasts of single games.”

“In a Sept. 20 Pueblo Chieftain article detailing the formation of the Colorado POW/MIA Rider Association, and its candlelight vigil to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day, President Butch Chavez asked family members of those killed in action and/or taken prison of war to come forward and share their stories,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “The response was notable.”

“Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs has joined the ALTO Project, a statewide initiative to reduce the number of prescription opioids administered by hospital emergency rooms, as health officials throughout the country seek to reduce prescription misuse,” reports The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent. “The hospital joined the initiative weeks before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $1 billion in opioid-specific grants, including nearly $22.3 million in opioid related funding to help Colorado combat the crisis, according to the press release.”

“This year, Routt County Search and Rescue planned to host their annual celebration to say thanks to the community,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “Steamboat Springs residents had a different agenda by coming out and saying thanks to those that have helped their friends and family members.”

“Most any wall looks better with art. But it turns out getting art onto one is easier said than done,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “‘Basically, people don’t know where to start,’ said Fort Collins-based artist Jane Basile. ‘Its quite hard to just figure out what you like and then find something that fits or is the right color or whatever.’ Artists, meanwhile, are left to struggle with the opposite side of that dynamic: getting each piece into the hands of someone who actually wants it — and is willing to pay for it. ‘As an artist, even though it would be ideal to sell everything in your inventory, that’s not the reality,’ said Basile.”

“Faced with thousands of dead, standing trees killed by spruce beetles, Monarch Mountain is undergoing its most extensive forest management project to date,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Alongside the Pikes & San Isabel National Forest, Monarch Mountain will identify and cull infected spruce trees across 400 acres, 120 of which will be treated before the ski season. The rest will be addressed over the next four years.”

“Investigators with the FBI on Sunday interviewed the Boulder woman who said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party in the early 1980s, a source close to the investigation told The Denver Post,” reports that paper on the front page of The Boulder Daily Camera. “Deborah Ramirez spoke with the investigators and gave them the names of other witnesses, the source said. John Clune, Ramirez’s attorney, said Saturday that the FBI had reached out to Ramirez. The source declined to give any more information about the interview.”

“Breckenridge families are becoming more dependent on child care outside the family, a realization from one of two Denver-based consulting firms that recently explored the challenges facing the child care system and offered a few suggestions to help address them,” reports Summit Daily. “If it’s not cost, the biggest pinch on child care in the Upper Blue Basin might be capacity. Of the almost 400 children with regular child care needs, more than 150 have been waitlisted, according to BBC Research & Consulting.”

“Eric Lazzari thought he was doing everything right,” reports The Denver Post. “He needed to get across downtown Denver for a meeting, so he grabbed one of the electric scooters that have saturated the central city. He had closely followed the bureaucratic drama around the rollout of these dockless devices, so he knew all the rules. “I was up on the sidewalk,” Lazzari said. “Even though I hate being there, I know that’s where I’m supposed to be.” He was right — but this rule follower was about to feel the growing pains of this new mode of transportation. Literally. And he’s not the only one.”

“A combination of factors – moving to Southwest Colorado at the start of the 416 Fire, a previous stint with the American Red Cross and some time on her hands – merged to place Madeline Marquardt in Wilmington, North Carolina, for two weeks helping with relief efforts after Hurricane Florence,” reports The Durango Herald. “Madeline and her husband, Brian, both 58, have been visiting Durango for years – enchanted by the climate, the mountains and the history of the ancient Puebloans. Six years ago, they bought land near Hesperus with the intent to retire there.”

“Colorado State University President Tony Frank will step down from the role next summer and transition to chancellor of the CSU system full-time,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins.