While Costilla County has only 3,524 residents, due to its unique history it has more than 45,000 landowners, mostly absentee.
Advocates are urging state judges to be more liberal about letting pre-trial defendants leave jail without paying a cash bond.
Westword reporter Chris Walker went to the southern region of Colorado to learn how the sovereign movement has manifested there.
Last week, Costilla County officials decided to drop -- for now -- proposed regulation changes that off-grid residents worried would target them.
Off-grid residents say they want to start working with the county to address long-standing issues in the impoverished rural area.
Meanwhile, new proposed code changes -- and the coming winter -- could make it even harder to live off the grid.
A crowded Costilla County Commission meeting grows heated and spills into the street. What's behind the unrest?