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Wayne Allard

Secession drive gathers steam in rural Colorado

Secession drive gathers steam in rural Colorado

AULT, Colo. — Jennifer Weichel stood scowling behind the counter of her antique shop, in front of a life-size cutout of John Wayne, and fairly spat the word out: "Used!"

It's how, she said, people in rural northern Colorado feel they're treated by those in Denver and its sprawling suburbs, the ones with all the political power, who think milk comes from a carton and meat arrives magically shrink-wrapped inside the butcher case.

"They don't even know who we are up here," she said, her anger like the smoke curling from Wayne's six-shooter. "We go completely unnoticed."

Two doors down, Mayor Butch White agreed. "Legislation that's...