Monte Whaley and Katharina Buchholz
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August 19, 2013
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51st state question will be on Weld ballot this fall

GREELEY — Weld County Monday officially began divorce proceedings with the State of Colorado.

The county commissioners voted unanimously to ask county voters in November whether they wanted to form a 51st state along with several other northeastern Colorado counties.

Monday morning’s vote by the commissioners was the result of years of frustration over dealing with the Denver-metro area and its perceived indifference toward the concerns of rural Colorado, commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said.

“I know with meeting with people they truly believe rural communities are now under attack,” Kirkmeyer said. “There are plenty who told us that we should vote Denver and Boulder off the island.”

But serious discussions about breaking away from Colorado began at the end of the state legislative session in which several bills passed at the expense of farmers, oil and gas producers and gun owners, the Kirkmeyer said.

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