Public lands and affordable housing are hot topics across the county and state

Above: A Blue Heron standing near the Twin Lakes area (photo courtesy of Cliff Grassmick, Daily Camera staff photographer)

Land use and housing were the big topics this week, with a rent control demonstration in Denver, the approval of a controversial land-use change in Boulder County, and a public lands speech by Donald Trump Jr. in Grand Junction. 

Protesters demand overturn of rent control law
Citizens marched through Denver Thursday, calling for a repeal on a 1981 law to ban rent control across the state. On Monday, the Denver City Council approved a measure to create the city’s first ever affordable-housing fund. Demonstrators Thursday demanded further action, The Colorado Independent reported.

Boulder County supports affordable housing project in Gunbarrel
A controversial land-use change passed 4-3 Wednesday, opening the door for a new housing project on 20 acres of land in the Twin Lakes area, the Daily Camera reported. The land, owned by the Boulder County Housing Authority and the Boulder Valley School District, boarders the Twin Lakes Open Space area. 

Donald Trump Jr. talks public lands in Grand Junction
Donald Trump Jr., the son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, spoke Thursday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, promising the crowd “…the best of both worlds” when it comes to his father’s stance on public lands, The Denver Post reported. While the discussion was slated to center on public lands, Steamboat Today reported that Trump Jr.’s statements on the topic were brief


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