The Home Front: The feds have ‘finalized a plan limiting daily visitation to Hanging Lake’

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“The U.S. Forest Service has finalized a plan limiting daily visitation to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon through a year-round permit system and implementing a shuttle system in lieu of parking at the trail head lot during peak visitation months,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “The Forest Service has signed its final decision for the Hanging Lake management plan. It’s intended to address problems associated with massive growth in visitation to the lake in recent years. Last year alone, the agency says, 184,000 hiked to the lake, a 23 percent increase in just one year.”

“Dacono City Council on Monday will review and could approve an agreement city staff has taken nearly a year to forge with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. surrounding the company’s plans to drill 73 wells on four sites within and just outside the city,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “Anadarko’s proposed project initially sent Dacono officials and residents into a frenzy over its proximity to homes and its elimination of city land for future potential housing development. Dacono residents’ fears were also lingering due to Anadarko being blamed for the deadly home explosion in neighboring Firestone in April 2017.”

“The fee structure for street repairs that was recently formulated by the city after it had to scrap the previous plan is scheduled for a public hearing and final vote at City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “Under the proposed ordinance, the street repair enterprise fund fee will still cost homeowners $1 a month, as was mentioned by city officials numerous times last year while trying to get voters to back the ballot issue.”

“The owner of the Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs has purchased the parking lot at the intersection of 10th and Yampa streets for $1.8 million and plans to build a boutique hotel on the 0.4-acre site,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “The site was the parking lot for the old Yampa Valley Electric Association building that was redeveloped after YVEA located west of town. “There hasn’t been any downtown hotel development forever,” said Scott Marr, the 2016 Navigator Award Business Leader of the Year who will be developing the new hotel. ‘I want to do something that’s high-end, which is something that’s missing from downtown right now.'”

“Heavily dredge-mined in the early 1900s, the reclaimed McCain property between Coyne Valley Road and the Fairview Boulevard roundabout represents one of the few remaining large-scale, undeveloped properties in Summit County and perhaps the last such site for Breckenridge,” reports Summit Daily. “What exactly will become of the 128 acres of town-owned land along Highway 9 remains a work in progress, though there’s no shortage of ideas.”

“Search teams have faced extreme weather conditions as they look for Ryan Albert in the Longs Peak area of Rocky Mountain National Park,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “Deep snow and ice — both the kind that forms from water droplets in fog and the thin coating of glaze on rock — as they scoured both low elevation areas and technical terrain Sunday looking for the 30-year-old from Marlton, New Jersey, according to a press release. The Denver Police Department called Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, Oct. 5, after a family member notified police that Albert was intending to climb Longs Peak and was overdue, according to a press release from Rocky Mountain National Park. Family believed he was heading out on Long’s Peak Thursday, and his rental car was found at that trailhead Friday.”

“Boulder on Sunday welcomed about 100 members of the Southern Arapaho from Oklahoma and Northern Arapaho from Wyoming to their ancestral Boulder Valley lands,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “‘On behalf of the tribe, I want to tell you it feels so good to be home,” said Roy Brown, chairman of the Northern Arapaho business Council. “Our hearts and our spirits live here, where our ancestors are.’ Boulder Valley was the winter homeland of Chief Left Hand’s band of Arapaho until 1859, when miners discovered gold in the foothills. The Arapaho, whose name for themselves is Hinó’no’éí, were pushed out of the area.”

“A local tradition as old as the ballot box revives on Thursday, Oct. 11, with a candidate forum at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards,” reports Vail Daily.

“Colorado State University’s veterinary campus will soon have more space to house dogs, cats and rodents needing care,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. “The Colorado State University Board of Governors voted Thursday to approve the South Campus Animal Research Facility project. The project will involve construction of a roughly 12,150-square-foot facility on the south side of the university’s veterinary campus. The building will be used to house animals, according to materials provided by the board.”

“In four years, Denver has become a pot shopping capital of the United States,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Regulators have approved 162 recreational marijuana licenses in the city alone and a total of 286 in the metro area — nearly three-fifths of recreational licenses in the state. It has also grown into an epicenter of illegal marijuana cultivation, often by organized groups hoping to keep under the radar of police detection. One persistent problem with assessing the full extent of criminal activity, with whether legal marijuana has affected crime rates in the Denver area — or statewide for that matter — is the lack of consistent and reliable data from police agency to police agency.”

“The text messages the teenager received one night from her friend frightened her,” reports The Denver Post. “The friend, upset after a breakup with a boyfriend, said she had taken pills and that this would be her final message. She was sleepy, she said. The teenager alerted authorities by contacting Safe2Tell Colorado, an anonymous system for students to report potential school threats or violence, and they sent police and an ambulance to the friend’s home. They found the 16-year-old unresponsive in her bedroom and her parents — who were asleep before authorities arrived at their front door — none the wiser to what was happening.”

“The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, like many other county departments, operates year-to-year on a declining budget,” reports The Durango Herald. “But innovative funding and careful cuts have kept the Sheriff’s Office under budget since Sean Smith took over in 2014, county commissioners say. Smith said he has been able to keep the Sheriff’s Office under budget for the past three years, saving the county a cumulative $2 million since fiscal year 2016, when he wrote his first budget. To do that, the Sheriff’s Office has pursued revenue from leasing jail space to other agencies and applying for grants. The office also cut unneeded positions in the department while also upgrading the department with $300,000 worth of equipment from a federal government program that provides surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies without charge.”

“Feeling threatened again, as she often had during her marriage, Gail knew she needed to get away from her husband,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “She left home and drove toward A Woman’s Place. This was 1993 and it was her third trip to Greeley’s pioneering domestic violence shelter. In her Greeley living room Sunday morning, Gail — now Gail Monk Newton — recalled her husband at that time, Kenny, wasn’t going to accept it. ‘I was running away from home again, and he’s following me in his car and he’s ramming into the back of my car while we were on (U.S. Highway) 34,’ she said ‘I got all the way to A Woman’s Place and he pulls up beside me and blocks my car door with his car so I can’t get out. I crawled out the passenger side and ran up to the door, which of course was secure and locked. When you’re in that situation, you’re just running. You don’t think so clearly. I banged on the door.'”

“Trouble began brewing in the Colorado mountain town of Pitkin the way trouble often begins in small towns: in a debate over the prospect of change,” reports The Colorado Sun. “When the tiny Gunnison County municipality held its first trustee election in a decade, the April 2016 vote was really a referendum on whether or not to allow short-term rentals. After the contest, someone reported 10 voters to local prosecutors, claiming they had homes elsewhere and had therefore had voted illegally in the election that replaced five of Pitkin’s six trustees.”

“After filling backpacks with crackers, cheese, breakfast cereal and other food for hungry kids in the library Friday, Mayor Michael Hancock walked down to the Omar D. Blair Charter School’s cafeteria and shared a memory of hardship,” reports Denverite. “Describing his family’s financial struggles, Hancock told dozens of children gathered for the special assembly in the Green Valley Ranch school: ‘I would come to school and I would sit in class and I couldn’t wait for lunch to happen because I was so hungry.'”

“America should heed the advice uttered routinely on the radio by former University of Colorado football coach Rick Neuheisel: ‘Get yourself together,'” reports ColoradoPolitics. “If politics is a sport, the roughness of gender politics is too unnecessary. Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court battle, leading to Saturday’s narrow Senate confirmation vote, gave a fresh look at how divided we are. Neither side, other than those allegedly in the room, know what happened, but politics is a game of conflated certainty. But it laid bare other conclusions that might worry us all.”

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