Photo: ELX 2018 Road Trip I70 5 | Strasburg Editor Doug Claussen

Doug Claussen is editor of the I-70 Scout and Eastern Plains Recorder, a pair of newspapers based in Strasburg.  He’s seen here in his office just off Main Street with his dog, Walter, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 . Claussen says what was once an agricultural community is becoming a bedroom community for the Front Range, bringing traffic, new housing developments and a water crunch.  “The growth is always there, but it’s more than ever now,” Claussen said. “I think a lot of people who’ve been here a while don’t want it. Whether they like it or not they’re gradually becoming outnumbered.  The new folks, if they don’t already outnumber the old folks, they will soon enough.” In the meantime, it’s an area that consistently votes Republican.