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North Colorado To Attempt Secession

Sick of gun laws, democrats

Watch your back, North Dakota. A cluster of northern Colorado counties, sick of restrictive gun laws and clean energy mandates, are taking the first steps toward creating a new state, tentatively known as North Colorado.

The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously at a Monday meeting to place a measure on the November 5 ballot asking voters whether they want to join their fellow rural counties in forming a new state.

Weld County Commissioners Chairman William Garcia released a statement after the meeting, saying, “The Concerns of rural Coloradoans have been ignored for years. The last session was the straw the broke the camel's back for many people.” Several other counties, Cheyenne, Sedgewick, and Yuma, will also be placing the 51st state referendum on the fall ballot. Several more are considering adding the referendum as well.

With democrats in control of the governor’s office, as well as both houses of the legislature, the state has recently passed bills restricting access to guns, as well as doubling renewable energy mandates for rural areas. Protestors have been vocal and two democratic state senators, Angela Giron and John Morse, are already facing recall elections over their support of the gun legislation.

So how soon will we see North Colorado on the back of a quarter? Well, even if the Colorado state legislature passes the ballot measures, the state would need to amend their constitution and then take their request for statehood to Congress. While the President himself doesn’t actually need to sign off on the new state, the birth of Northern Colorado would require a majority vote from both houses of Congress. So good luck with that.


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No Positives from Tour de France

But only 2 blood transfusion tests given

The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) confirmed Tuesday that there were no positive doping tests during the 2013 Tour de France. In total, the UCI and French Anti-Doping Agency carried out a total of 622 pre-and in-competitions tests during this year's Tour.

Francesca Rossi, the director of the CADF, told CyclingNews that this year's testing was more dynamic and less predictable than the testing of prior years. During the Tour, there were 179 urine sample taken—with 113 tested for EPO—and 198 biological passport tests carried out. Only 18 tests were conducted for human growth hormone and just two for blood transfusions.

Despite the assurances of Rossi, the CADF has come under fire for its connection to the UCI. And anti-doping watchdogs on the inside-cycling site Cyclismas have criticized the anti-doping organizations for purposefully undermining the testing by administering the least effective tests at the least effective times.

In line with the criticism, Rossi confirmed that while tests were administered for the cutting edge doping agent AICAR, WADA has yet to set a threshold for the substance but CADF plans to store samples for future retrospective testing.

For more on the future of anti-doping, read our story How To Save Cycling.


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Mario Richard Dead in BASE Jumping Accident

Was in Italy with Steph Davis

Mario Richard, husband of climber and BASE jumper Steph Davis, died Sunday after a BASE jumping accident in Italy. The pair had been in Arco, climbing and jumping, when the accident occurred. He was 47.

The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined and Moab BASE Adventures, Richard and Davis’s amateur BASE jumping outfit, have yet to make a statement.

Richard made his first jump in 1991 at Bridge Day at the New River Gorge. Over the course of his career, he executed over 7,000 skydives and 2,000 BASE jumps.