Colorado

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Southwest Colorado residents are among some 620,000 statewide being notified that their personal information, including Social Security numbers and dates of birth, was posted on a state Judicial Department website. The Durango Herald reports that some 15,000 letters are being mailed to residents in Montezuma and Dolores counties.

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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.

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