The Home Front: ‘Racist and nationalist graffiti’ found in Frisco and Silverthorne

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

“Racist and nationalist graffiti was discovered near School Road in Frisco Thursday morning, along with a report of similar graffiti found near the Starbucks in Silverthorne,” reports Summit Daily. “The incidents may be part of a disturbing pattern of hate speech-related graffiti in Summit County this week following Sunday’s discovery of swastikas and SS bolts over campaign signs promoting Democratic candidate Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons. The most prominent piece of graffiti, spelling out “Build the Wall” in pink chalk, was found at around 9 a.m. on a dark rock on the north side of School Road, just down the road from Summit Middle School/Snowy Peaks and near the intersection with Highway 9. The rock is on Frisco town property and the graffiti was clearly visible to students and parents exiting the schools.”

“Weld District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow on Monday approved Christopher Watts’ motion to file a pleading under seal,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “Kopcow based the approval on the ‘limited information provided to the court’ in the Oct. 12 motion, in which the defense asked to file a sealed pleading because they believe it includes information protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It’s unclear what information the pleading will include. Although the terms pleading and plea are similar, the two aren’t synonymous. In a criminal case, a pleading means any written filing with the court, not a plea of guilty or not guilty.”

“Two Grand Valley charter schools are on the move,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “Juniper Ridge Community School and Mesa Valley Community School will be moving to new locations within the next year, with officials at both schools citing the need for better space to accommodate their unique approach to education.”

“Mile-Hi Skydiving’s operation out of the Longmont Vance Brand Municipal Airport has been under closer scrutiny for several weeks — even before 23-year-old Logan Polfuss died after a Mile-Hi jump and mysteriously wasn’t discovered for more than 12 hours,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “City officials on Oct. 12 set up three cameras on airport property in part to gauge the accuracy of skydiver landings from Mile-Hi flights. While Longmont Airport Manager David Slayter said the cameras have ‘resulted in a number of benefits for the airport and city,’ City Councilwoman Marcia Martin said more monitoring of Mile-Hi is necessary to substantiate suspicions that the business is skirting payments to the city by renting swaths of airport land too small for parachutists to confine themselves to while landing.”

“Steamboat Springs could amend its city code to outline how a voluntary recreational closure on the Yampa River is administered,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “Currently, closures are based on criteria established in the Yampa River Management Plan. The amendment, recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission, would incorporate these criteria into city code and make changes to rules for commercial operators.”

“More than a week after they were due, one mayoral candidates still hadn’t turned in a campaign finance report by Thursday and is being fined daily by the city,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “Another candidate filed a finance report with the city on Thursday morning, days late. As of Thursday morning, candidate Charlotte Perez had yet to turn in a finance report that’s required from all candidates, according to Brenda Armijo, the acting city clerk.”

“Loveland residents should not dispose of their leaves in the Larimer County Landfill, or by blowing them into the street, according to the city’s Public Works Department,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “So, how should Lovelanders take care of their fall yard waste? There are several more environmentally conscious options to help divert the leaves and trimmings to composting, said Public Works Department technical business manager Jodi Lessman.”

“Carnies, connoisseurs of vintage goods and groupies of a bygone theme park crammed into kiddie-ride compartments Thursday morning, searching out a place to sit while they waited to bid on the remaining attractions, games and memorabilia of the Old West-themed Heritage Square Amusement Park,” reports The Denver Post. “After more than 50 years of ups, downs, drops, squeals and delights, the park originally envisioned as a Disneyland of the West — created, even, with the help of erstwhile Disney theme-park visionaries — met a different fate than that coastal amusement icon.”

“Local school officials augured through the swamp of standardized testing data and found some nuggets they could actually use,” reports Vail Daily. “In what Eagle County school officials are calling a Root Cause Analysis, a half dozen principals sat down with the school board to review what drives some scores down and what to do about it.”

“U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders left Colorado State University with a simple message at Wednesday night’s rally for Democratic candidates: This midterm election is very much about Republican President Donald Trump. Washington, D.C., doesn’t hold the values of Coloradans, young people and in particular the 1,800 who filled the Lory Student Center Ballroom on Wednesday, he argued,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. “Voting — and badgering two or three of your friends to do the same — is how to change that, he told the crowd, most of whom had just watched Democratic nominees for office espouse the same message.”

“Results from an outdoor air quality inspection have determined there is no health risk associated with a mysterious odor that has plagued a Lincoln Park neighborhood, and the actual cause of the odor could not be determined, but one structure on Cedar Avenue is now considered a ‘meth-affected property,'” reports The Cañon City Daily Record. “Since Aug. 1, residents on Birch Street between Elm and Cedar avenues have noticed an intermittent odor and have reported experiencing adverse health effects, including headaches, airway irritation and dry mouth. Robert A. Woellner of Quality Environmental Services & Technologies, Inc. conducted a focused air quality inspection and sampling survey.”

“Fairview students, plus some teachers and parents, marched to the South Boulder Recreation Center over their lunch hour Thursday to cast their first ballots and encourage others to vote,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “‘I’ve always wanted to vote,’ said senior Olivia Steinberg, who turned 18 on Wednesday and voted for the first time Thursday to cheers from classmates and teachers. ‘A lot of young people don’t realize how much their vote matters. It’s so important.'”

“Sade Jones, 8, and her brother, Patrick, 4, look at the old and new photos of Colorado Springs from the photo show, which opens Friday,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Don Kallaus, a publisher behind the student photo exhibition “Colorado Springs, A Changing Landscape,” unpacks photos by The Creative Eight at Pikes Peak Community College on Thursday to hang the show at Centennial Hall.”

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