The Home Front: Candidates across Colorado ‘delivered their final pitches’ this weekend

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

“From a Denver Broncos tailgate to Sunday morning church services to voters’ doorsteps, Colorado’s campaigns this weekend delivered their final pitches across the metro area and the state,” reports The Denver Post. “Much is at stake in Tuesday’s midterm election — for the state and the nation. Voters will elect Colorado’s next governor and decide control of the state legislature. Those in the 6th Congressional District will make a choice that could determine whether President Donald Trump keeps his majority in the U.S. House.”

“Erie’s Board of Trustees sanctioned an overhauled operator agreement with Crestone Peak Resources in a hastily-convened Sunday session, reviving the deal thought doomed by last week’s board rejection,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “The accord was approved 4-2; Trustees Scott Charles and Christiaan van Woudenberg cast the two “no” votes. Trustee Dan Woog, who voted against the deal last week, was absent. The one reversal was Trustee Bill Gippe.”

“More School District 51 students are using an anonymous tip line to report suicide threats, bullying and other concerns than ever before,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “While Safe2Tell has been around since 2004, School District 51 officials relaunched the program — and redoubled their efforts to promote it — in early 2017, after a spate of youth suicides rocked the Grand Valley. The number of tips is up nearly 60 percent this year, according to Kati Garner, mental health and crisis coordinator for District 51, from 91 tips at this point last year to 145 this year.”

“The last time voters within the Thompson School District passed a mill levy override or bond issue, students Thelonius Rider, Lucas Nelson and Tasha Reichhardt were in kindergarten,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “This spring, all three will graduate from high schools in the district. “That’s ridiculous,” said Thelonius, who along with the other two and sophomores Jordan Reichhardt and Katrina Nelson researched and created a website in support of Thompson School District ballot issues 5A and 5B — a $13.8 million mill levy override and a $149 million bond.”

“September’s priciest housing deal across Summit County was for an extravagant, 6,200-square-foot home with six bedrooms and bathrooms, up Boreas Pass Road outside of Breckenridge,” reports Summit Daily. “Rebuilt in 2011, the multimillion-dollar, mountain-modern home is nestled on three acres along Illinois Creek. According to its listings it has a private pond, fire pit and plenty of dedicated open space that’s only minutes from town. It sold for just over $4 million.”

“Routt County voters are choosing a governor, two legislators, a county commissioner and a sheriff during Tuesday’s midterm election, in addition to deciding on more than 20 ballot measures,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “As of Saturday, more than 45 percent of active voters in Routt County had voted. Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner said her office would be working to count ballots as quickly as possible in the final days of the election. “We’re doubling up on the election judges on Monday and Tuesday, anticipating that we’re going to get a good number of ballots in during the last few days and trying to keep up with the processing so that we can have results on election night,” Bonner said.”

“After more than 40 years and 34 seasons of programming that saw hundreds of Colorado high school students testing their scholastic mettle in team vs. team quiz-show style competition, the popular Rocky Mountain PBS educational program “Matchwits” is calling it quits,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “The program, which began in 1977, filmed its final 15 episodes over the weekend and hosted a farewell luncheon on Saturday, marking an end to its four-decade run in Southern Colorado.”

“In 2002, a massive blowdown and a spruce beetle infestation snatched the life from hundreds of thousands of trees in the Rio Grande National Forest in south-central Colorado,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas thought he had time to make the best of the destruction. A similar beetle infestation in the 1940s that had impacted 60 percent of a 225-square-mile portion of the Flattop Mountains resulted in Dallas’ counterparts from that era logging high-quality timber for homebuilding through the 1990s. Dallas estimated he had 20 to 30 years to do the same in the Rio Grande.”

“City Council on Thursday will consider restrictions on what towing companies can do and how much they can charge in a bid to protect low-income and minority residents whom elected officials allege are being unfairly targeted,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “Boulder’s business community, including landlords and store owners, say being able to tow illegally parked cars is important to preserve access to shops and services. Limiting those abilities would be unfair to residents who pay for access to parking — all in the name of protections they say aren’t needed.”

“Maybe you needed some more time with the blue book. You couldn’t find a pen,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. “Or you missed the mail-in deadline and haven’t made it to a drop-off location. No matter the excuse, Election Day waits for no one. But here’s the good news: We have you covered (Except for the pen. You’re on your own for that). For all you procrastinators pushing the 7 p.m. Tuesday deadline to vote, here’s how to make your voice heard on Colorado’s future.”

“A week ago, I wrote my Monday column about remarkable long-time Greeley resident Edna Middlemas, who was awarded the Bronze Star for her service as a member of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “Middlemas was a graduate of what now are Greeley Central High and the University of Northern Colorado before she enlisted. This Monday column is Part 2, and it’s about about another woman from the Greeley area who made meaningful impact as a member of the U.S. armed forces.”

“National numbers are already showing nearly twice as much early voter turnout in this year’s midterm elections versus four years ago,” reports Vail Daily. “How high will the bar be set? Vote before Tuesday, Nov. 6, to be a part of a new record.”

“The midterm elections are coming up Tuesday, with a loaded ballot where Colorado voters will decide on a new governor, as well as several other state and locally elected positions,” reports The Durango Herald. “Here is some important information you need to know before Election Day.”

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