Tussle erupts over libraries in northern Colorado

DENVER — Elected leaders from five Weld County towns and from the county commission are trying to oust a regional library board after some librarians complained they were targets of a takeover bid.

The library tussle is part of a larger reaction to a demographic shift from rural to urban. Last year, Weld County elected officials were the first to raise a secession question. Weld was among the six counties where voters rejected breaking away to form a rural 51st state in November. Five counties passed secession measures seen as messages from prairie towns to urban centers they see as arrogant and aloof.

Now, the High Plains Library District Board, which denies any takeover plot, is getting the message, setting the stage for a potentially protracted and agonizing legal battle.


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