The Home Front: Two solar power companies to install ‘six solar sites in communities on the Western Slope’

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

“Two solar power companies are partnering to install six solar sites in communities on the Western Slope — projects that will add a combined 10.3-megawatts of power to offset energy costs for a number of municipalities and other community agencies,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “Denver-based Pivot Energy is developing and constructing the solar projects with financing from owner and operator Standard Solar of Rockville, Maryland.”

“What was your favorite piece of playground equipment as a kid? Monkey bars, maybe. Swings are a classic,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. “And, of course — if you grew up in Fort Collins — there’s the century-old, 2,665-pound military cannon. It’s not something you’d expect to find in a children’s playground. But since 1932, when it was donated to honor World War I veterans, the 1918 cannon has sat at the center of Fort Collins’ City Park. In the 1980s and 1990s — decades before the current push to remove Confederate monuments across the country — it sat at the center of its own, far different, controversy.

“At first glance, one wouldn’t expect Misty Siderfin to be a police chief,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “Bright-eyed and small in stature, the head of the to-be Severance Police Department defies stereotypes. She tends to speak softly, but don’t mistake that trait for weakness — she’s passionate about police work. She has known she wanted to be a police officer since she was 5. Growing up in an aged Arvada neighborhood, Siderfin said her elderly neighbors often became pseudo-grandparents, but their susceptibility to crime drew criminals to the area. One day, her family came home to find their house had been broken into. When she discovered the burglar had gone through her underwear drawer, taking her jewelry and money, Siderfin was ‘immensely bothered.'”

“Two former Erie staff members have found new jobs under Arthur ‘A.J.’ Krieger, the recently ousted Erie town administrator-turned Firestone interim town manager, only weeks after Erie leaders called for an investigation into a spate of high-profile resignations,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “Todd Bjerkaas and Katie Hansen — Erie’s former planning and development director and spokeswoman, respectively — will serve Firestone in positions essentially mirroring their previous roles, Assistant Town Manager Jennifer Weinberger confirmed Monday.”

“Hiking 44 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the North Rim, then back to the South Rim, Truman Anarella and his parents John Anarella and Kate Krautkramer devoted a family trip to raising money for the South Routt Education Endowment Fund,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “At $50 a mile, they raised nearly 80 percent of their goal of $2,200. It isn’t the first time they’ve done the “Rim to Rim” hike as a family. But it is the first time, they attached their trek to a philanthropic goal.”

“Only a few issues on the ballot in Garfield County increase property taxes. If every revenue measure passes, a Glenwood Springs resident with a home worth $500,000 would see an $80.95-per-year property tax increase, and a Carbondale resident with an equally-valued property would pay $181.11 more,” reports The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent.

“Although many of the Pueblo City Schools (D60) institutions are performing at a strong level, two are in the eighth and final year of the state’s accountability clock,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “And, on Nov. 14, district officials will have to appear before the Colorado State Board of Education in Denver for a hearing on Heroes Middle School and Risley International Academy of Innovation.”

“From emergency flight medics to specialists who ensure that surgical tools are sanitized, people with medical careers explained what they do, how much education is required and how much they make to about 50 middle school students from the Thompson School District on Monday,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “‘There’s so many different things you can do,” said Corbin Marler, an eighth-grade student from Lucile Erwin. ‘It’s unbelievable.'”

“Those looking to grow Colorado’s tourism market are increasingly looking to other countries,” reports Vail Daily. “That market is lucrative, and growing. The Colorado Tourism Office this week is hosting the annual Governor’s Tourism Conference at the Hotel Talisa in Vail. A Monday, Oct. 29, session at the conference was dedicated to talking about the state’s strategies to tap into those markets.”

“A former drunken-driving suspect has sued Clear Creek County after two excessive-force incidents, including one in which a deputy allegedly slammed the inmate head-first into a cell door, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, a federal lawsuit claims,” reports The Cañon City Daily Record. “Eric Magne, 37, named Clear Creek sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hansen and Georgetown police Officer Jon Geiger as defendants in the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver by attorneys Darold Killmer, Charles Crosse and Michael Lazar.”

“If you want to see the Air Force Academy’s iconic chapel in all its leaky glory, you’d better get a move on,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “The academy told would-be visitors Monday to hurry it up, ahead of the chapel’s lengthy renovation closure that starts Jan. 1. The chapel will undergo four years of work that includes removing the aluminum skin from its soaring spires and fixing the leaks it has experienced since it opened to cadets in 1963.”

“Boulder and Xcel need more time to reach agreement on disentangling the city’s electric system to pave the way for a city-run utility,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “On Friday the two parties were supposed to file with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission a package of agreements — in the works for more than a year — governing what assets Boulder will acquire from the utility company and how much it will pay for Xcel to design and set up a separate system to serve local customers outside city limits.”

“More than 50 fire districts across Colorado are requesting the same thing from their voters this fall: Give us a legal workaround to a property tax law that’s set to slash our budgets again. Lives are at stake, they say,” reports The Denver Post. “‘We’re way past the crisis point,” West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi said. ‘The fire districts have called 911, and no one is answering.'”

“A U.S. attorney has cleared the Montezuma County sheriff deputy who killed a man during a shootout in McElmo Canyon in February, but the deputy has been fired for violating department policy,” reports The Durango Herald. “Sgt. Edward Oxley killed Fordell Hill after a 12-mile car chase that involved several exchanges of gunfire. Two unidentified people who were in the car with Hill were taken into custody by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Their names have not been released.”

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