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Colorado is expected to become a more crowded place in the future. Recent forecasts from the State Demography Office predict the population could swell to 8.5 million by 2050, up more than 50 percent from 2015’s 5.5 million. Projections are that Montezuma County will grow to about 44,000 people by 2050, 64 percent above current numbers, while Dolores County will grow by 21 percent and La Plata County by 70 percent. 

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Denver has become the new home of the lucrative Outdoor Retailer Show, which fled Utah over disagreements with that state’s policies regarding public lands. At a press conference Thursday announcing the move, Governor John Hickenlooper touted the state’s open spaces as “part of the defining characteristic of Colorado.” The Denver Post reports that under a five-year agreement reached with organizers, the outdoor-industry expo will put on shows in June and November, plus a combined show with SnowSports Industries America in January.

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Environmental groups have scored a win in the long-running battle over a controversial resort proposed on Wolf Creek Pass.

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper made a brief appearance in Cortez on Sunday to sign a bill that supports the growing of industrial hemp.

Debate among Colorado lawmakers got heated on Tuesday during consideration of a symbolic measure to denounce President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring refugees entry into the United States.

The measure, considered in the Democrat-controlled House, ultimately passed by a voice vote. Some Republicans said privately that they felt stung by statements made ahead of the vote by Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton. Salazar chided Republicans for not backing the measure – House Joint Resolution 1013 – accusing them of supporting civil rights when it is politically expedient.