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Citizens in Bluff, Utah, are set to decide in November whether to incorporate as a town. More than half of the community’s 265 residents signed a petition earlier this year supporting the idea of exploring incorporation. Per state law, that petition was submitted to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, which then launched a financial feasibility study. The recently completed study by Bonneville Research concludes that incorporation is feasible, and projects that over the first five years, revenues and expenditures would be at “break-even” levels if current services stay about the same.

The state of Colorado will adhere to the Paris climate treaty, despite President Trump’s rejection of that 2015 global accord. On Tuesday, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order committing the state to slashing greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025, the standard called for in the historic Paris agreement. Hickenlooper also said Colorado will join a nationwide climate alliance working for cleaner energy. The alliance includes New York, California and some 10 other states, as well as numerous municipalities and businesses.

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The public-comment period for a Trump administration review of 27 national monuments ended Monday. The fate of those monuments now rests with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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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.

Gail Binkly

Protesters chanting, “Shame on you!” greeted Third District Congressman Scott Tipton at the Montezuma County courthouse Monday morning.

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