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Northern Colorado wants to secede from Colorado and become 51st state

Will North Colorado become America's 51st state?

Some residents in the Centennial State are pushing for it. Representatives from eight northern counties convened last month to "begin mapping the boundaries for the new state they say will represent the interests of rural Colorado."

Here is the latest from the Associated Press this week:

FORT MORGAN, Colo. - A proposal to secede from Colorado has run into trouble in Morgan County.

The Fort Morgan Times ( reports that backers only turned in about 900 signatures by Monday's deadline, less than the 2,300 signatures county commissioners set as the threshold to put the 51st state measure on the ballot.

Commissioner Jim Zwetzig said Tuesday that next steps are unclear, but commissioners will likely discuss it next week. They are scheduled to meet Sept. 3.

Commission chairwoman Laura Teague has said secession would be costly for the agricultural county. She said water rights would be challenged, hurting farmers and ranchers.

Morgan County is surrounded by three counties where the issue will be on the ballot Weld, Logan and Washington counties.

Information from: The Fort Morgan Times,



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