Ten northeastern counties are considering seceding from Colorado to protest the state's perceived snub of rural affairs. Cheyenne County (population 1876, appropriately enough) was the first to put the proposal on its November ballot; Segwick, Yuma, Weld and Phillips have since joined those counties that might no longer want to be part of the Colorado club. Logan and Washington county commissioners are voting on the proposal today; Kit Carson will do so tomorrow. So even as Colorado works on a new icon to represent the state, this move might take a big bite out of that brand.
Several weeks ago, we offered possible names for the new 51st state, including Methopotamia, Uncolorado, Near Nebraska, Southern Wyoming and Coloraduh. But it was a reader who provided the best brand name for this renegade crew of counties:
And since the committee working on a new icon for what remains of Colorado doesn't plan on using a version of the state flag in that logo, we thought that NoCo might want to, since the circa 1911 design reflects a time when rural concerns dominated the state. Here's one variation for our potential 51st state.......and another: And should the move to secede succeed and Colorado decides to start waving the flag again, here's a possible new-old state symbol: More from the Calhoun Wake-Up Call archive: "Nine new states that could secede from the state."