Nick Bales, 17, pictured in his senior photo this year. Nick took his own life Sept. 29 after battling depression for years. The Arapahoe High School student lost three friends to suicide before he died. (Photo provided by Bales family)

“He seemed to have it all”: Arapahoe High School senior’s suicide rattles emotionally fatigued, frightened community

Colorado’s teen suicide rates have reached a “crisis” level

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Gov. Polis prioritizes education in first budget request, but Democratic lawmakers are skeptical

Democratic budget writers worry the money for full-day kindergarten isn’t sustainable. And they want money for transportation

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U.S. Forest Service has built a wild horse pen that could allow it to sell the animals for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service, however, denies claims by horse advocates it has made up its mind to sell the more than 250 horses for slaughter

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Pueblo is about to elect its first mayor in decades. Will this be the solution the city is looking for?

Nick Gradisar and Steve Nawrocki, both longtime fixtures in Pueblo politics, are running to be the city’s first mayor in roughly six decades