Plans to build a regional crime lab in northern Colorado are becoming more concrete. Weld County, Larimer County, Loveland and Greeley have signed on to contribute staff to the crime lab and money for operational costs. Fort Collins will decide whether to sign on to the project at the city’s meeting next month.
To walk into Connections for Independent Living’s downtown Greeley location is to be greeted with brightly colored walls, open communal spaces, inspirational posters, a friendly smile and an introduction to Flash, the excitable blue betta fish. A warm welcome is only the beginning; the staff members work tirelessly to help people with any type of disability to gain the self-confidence, legal aid and funds necessary to live independently.
This morning, Colorado regulators are expected to finalize new rules that will require oil and gas companies to make public the chemicals they use to hydraulically fracture wells. Much of the attention lately has been whether those “fracking” fluids that are mixed with sand and chemicals pose a risk to polluting ground water. But in Colorado there’s been far less scrutiny on just how much water the fracking process itself requires, until now.
Weld County and many of its communities are enjoying a windfall thanks to the oil-and-gas boom over the last couple years. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Jeff Nuttall, publisher of the Northern Colorado Business Report, about some of the impacts from the boom.