Weld County's commissioners will give the public four opportunities to provide feedback on the recent idea of creating a 51st state out of northeastern Colorado. The Weld County commissioners have met with 10 eastern Colorado counties to discuss secession plans. At that meeting, Phillips County officials suggested a new idea, to change the makeup of the state legislature instead.

WHEN ARE THE MEETINGS?

Both proposals will be discussed at the public meetings, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m on the following days and locations:

• Thursday, Multipurpose Room at Fort Lupton Recreation Center, 350 Harrison Ave., Fort Lupton

• July 29, Large meeting room at Southwest Weld Complex, 4209 Weld County Road 24½, Longmont

• July 30, Cottonwood room at Evans Recreation Center, 1100 37th St., Evans

• July 31, Ault Fire Department, 16680 Colorado 14, Ault