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Loveland joins with home rule cities to protest state involvement in Weld County case

Julia Rensch (Loveland Reporter-Herald) – A court brief filed by the Colorado Municipal League on Wednesday bearing signatures from the Loveland city attorney’s office aims to re-assert the rights of home-rule cities, towns and counties to handle their own governance issues.

The brief weighs in on an issue of constitutional interpretation, which may ultimately need to be resolved before the Colorado Supreme Court.

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Editorial: The county’s ag study dilemma

David Krieger (Boulder Daily Camera)- The Boulder County commissioners’ Sept. 10 rebuttal to our Aug. 27 editorial, “A rigged county bid process,” was long on issues not argued in the editorial and short on responses to the issues it did raise. Much of the rebuttal was spent recounting how widely the county circulated two requests for proposals to conduct an agricultural study on county-owned land. No one contested the circulation of the RFPs.

What we contested were the ethics of a process in which county commissioners explicitly recruited a bidder — the Rodale Institute of Kutztown, Pa. — with a well-known political agenda in an attempt to preordain the outcome of the study. Disingenuously, the commissioners argued that Rodale is a “well-known research organization” without ever acknowledging it is also a well-known advocate of organic farming. We have nothing against organic farming, but we believe if you want to conduct an unbiased study of sustainable agriculture in Boulder County’s semi-arid climate, you do not predetermine the outcome by recruiting an organization with a political agenda.

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Boulder County’s Elise Jones accused of conflict of interest involving sister’s Eco-Cycle job

John Fyer (Longmont Times Call)- A Boulder County resident filed a state ethics complaint Wednesday alleging County Commissioner Elise Jones violated Colorado’s conflict-of-interest laws in a number of votes that could financially benefit Eco-Cycle, the recycling agency headed by her twin sister, Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones.

Chuck Wibby, who’s been battling Boulder County over subdivision road repaving, filed the complaint with the Independent Ethics Commission, accusing Elise Jones of active participation in several county board meetings — or at least the pertinent portions of those meetings — involving items affecting Eco-Cycle.

Click here to read the full story in the Longmont Times Call.

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