Weld County

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Hop on Interstate 25 in Denver, drive an hour north and you'll find yourself in the middle of one of the country's fastest-growing regions: Northern Colorado. But where exactly does it start? Where does it end?

Earlier this month, we invited six residents from Fort Collins, Greeley, Evans, Loveland and Wellington to KUNC's offices to help answer that question.

North Colorado Medical Center
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Weld County will move forward with plans to sever ties with the North Colorado Medical Center, after Attorney General Phil Weiser approved the sale of its remaining assets to Banner Health.

In an opinion issued Wednesday, Weiser found the transaction, valued at $328.4 million, will “not result in a material change to the charitable purposes to which the assets of the hospital have been dedicated.”

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Earlier this spring, police in Fort Collins seized 420 marijauna plants (yes, 420) that had been illegally grown inside area homes. Also recovered: processed weed, weed concentrate, guns and approximately $110,000 in cash.  

It’s part of what state and federal officials are calling the largest illegal marijuana market Colorado has even seen. It’s a puzzling situation considering that back in 2012, proponents of Amendment 64 promised a regulated market would do away with the illegal dealers and drug cartels. 

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Matt Bloom / KUNC

At a drill rig east of Greeley, dozens of workers are focused on moving equipment around a massive tower. But site manager Colby Edgington says there's another thing on everyone's mind.

"We may have to take our trucks and go to Wyoming or Texas or Oklahoma or something, which means I'm going to lose my guys," he said.

For now, rig work in Colorado is steady. Edgington is worried that will change in the next six to 12 months.

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It’s no small undertaking to get as many of Colorado’s 5.6 million residents as possible to respond to the 2020 census. The results of the national survey determine how much federal funding Colorado receives, the redrawing of political maps and the number of Colorado congressional seats.

City of Greeley

The state representative for House District 50 has resigned — and it's now up to local Democrats to choose her replacement.

Rochelle Galindo, who was the subject of a recall effort, said she resigned because of new and unspecified allegations against her. KUNC has confirmed that no charges have been filed against her, but Greeley police are investigating a complaint.

Colorado State University political science professor Robert Duffy has been following Colorado elections for more than a decade. He spoke with KUNC's Kyra Buckley about the history and potential future of House District 50.

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Weld County Democrats are working to find a new state representative for House District 50 after Rochelle Galindo abruptly resigned on Sunday, citing unspecified criminal allegations that were made against her.

In a short post on Facebook, Galindo said, “The allegations against me are false. That said, they will make my fight against the pending recall effort untenable.”

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Rep. Rochelle Galindo resigned Sunday, effective immediately. The Greeley Democrat was the target of a recall effort.

Galindo was elected to the Colorado House last November. Then a recall petition was started after she voted in favor of new oil and gas rules during the legislative session.

Galindo cited unspecified allegations as her reason for stepping down.

Esther Honig / KUNC

About 100 people gathered outside the Greeley Chamber of Commerce on Friday to protest a bill that could tighten regulations on the oil and gas industry.  

“It’s just kind of sneaky,” Weld County resident Jolene Luster said about the bill. “We don’t understand it and it’s going to affect a lot of people. And we need to make sure that it doesn’t go through.

Luke Runyon / KUNC

An old water cliché tells us that “water flows uphill toward money.” It’s an adage born out of people’s frustrations about who benefits when water moves around in the Western U.S., popularized by author Marc Reisner’s 1986 book, “Cadillac Desert.”

Like all persistent folksy sayings, it’s a mix of myth and truth.

But there’s at least one case where it has some validity: the phenomenon known as “buy and dry” along Colorado’s fast-growing, historically agricultural Front Range.

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