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Greeley gasland in the wake of the great flood

GREELEY, Colo. -- “It’s a boom town,” Carl Erikson said. We’re sitting in a TigerXL -- what Erikson calls “MiniMo” -- on 18th Street....

Greeley Weighs Proposal to Add More Fracking Wells Within City Limits

Today in Greeley, the city at the heart of Colorado's Front Range "frack country," a seven-member planning commission will consider a proposal by oil and gas company Synergy to add three more well-drilling facilities "and related equipment" to a site already being drilled in a scenic residential neighborhood roughly three miles from the city center. Synergy is one of the companies working the boom in natural-gas extraction in area of the rich Wattenberg Field, which stretches under most of north-east Colorado. The boom is mostly the product of the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing, the extraction technique where millions of gallons of a mixture of water, chemicals and sand is blasted deep into the earth to free trapped gas.

Colorado Obama team already deep into 2012 battle plan

GREELEY-- The presidential election is ten months away but, for many hardcore Obama volunteers like the dozen or so people who met here in a garage on the Monday night before Thanksgiving, the campaign has never stopped.

Northern Colorado dam opponents buoyed by still more federal delays

Opponents of proposed dams and reservoirs on the Poudre River along Colorado’s northern Front Range on Monday celebrated more federal permitting delays for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP), Halligan and Seaman water projects. But U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican who represents the area in Congress, continues to rally business interests.

The tragic return of Terry ‘Col Birther’ Lakin

He is the medal-winning former Army doctor from Greeley who became a hero to "birther" conspiracy theorists like Denver radio talker Peter Boyles when he refused to deploy to Afghanistan, demanding to see his commander-in-chief's birth certificate. Lakin didn't get to see any birth certificate. He was court martialed, stripped of his rank, salary and pension and hauled off to Leavenworth. After six months in prison, he is coming home. His supporters are trying to organize a rally to greet him at the airport in Baltimore, where his wife and three children live. As Salon's Justin Elliot reports, the Lakin saga is perhaps the most tragic story so far to "emerge from the birther carnival."

Greeley school board member sticking with white supremacist anti-MLK broadcasts

Brett Reese, a school board member in Greeley-Evans district six, said from now on he's wearing his pistol to board meetings. He said he's receiving death threats in response to the white-nationalist anti-Martin Luther King Jr. message he has been broadcasting in his day job as a disc jockey at Greeley's 104.7 "The Pirate" radio station.

Terry ‘Colonel Birther’ Lakin supporters launch action week ahead of trial

In the wake of this month's historic GOP electoral gains, supporters of "Colonel Birther" Terry Lakin are launching a national drive to demand lawmakers...

Uncoordinated (or how the Colorado Independent reported the Buck rape story)

No real reporter likes to be the subject of a story he or she has written, but that is where some part of the...

Gardner, Markey courting rural CD4 voters with Denver cash

In the political rhetoric of the sprawling, overwhelmingly rural Fourth Congressional District in Colorado, Denver seems to get about as much respect as does Washington, which is to say not a lot. Democrat Betsy Markey is running for reelection in this swing district as an independent-minded loyal local, a Fort Collins gal. Her opponent, Republican Yuma state Rep. Cory Gardner, plays down the time he spends at the Capitol in Denver as much as he does his career history as a lawyer. He talks instead about Yuma and working to sell tractors with his father and grandfather. When Markey and Gardner want to raise cash, though, its not their own district that brings in the bucks. Like pretty much every other politician in Colorado, the real dollars come from Denver.

In calling himself mainstream, Renfroe jumpstarts senate race

On the floor of the state senate, firebrand social conservative lawmaker Scott Renfroe has compared homosexuality to murder and lambasted the governor for not calling out the national guard on medical marijuana protesters. But Renfroe is up for reelection and told a reporter from his hometown Greeley Tribune this weekend that he was merely a "mainstream Republican" whose values were in line with those of his constituents. A lot of Coloradans would disagree and they have disagreed, some directly to former Weld County deputy district attorney Ken Storck, who is running against Renfroe precisely to bring more mainstream representation to Senate District 13.