With signs outside the United Nations climate summit reading “Keep the Oil in the Ground,” there’s a breath of fresh air from the local scene in Colorado’s most active oil and gas county.

Weld County has some news: A debt-free balance sheet and a fresh U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that it had the highest increase in employment in the nation between March 2013 and March 2014. Many things are up in Weld County, including real estate value, building permits, employment rate (way up!), personal income and tax revenues. The only thing g...


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