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Colorado is near the bottom of states in school funding. That’s why there are nearly 40 bond and mill levy override questions on ballots this fall.

Robert Framel is the superintendent of Kit Carson schools, plus the trigonometry teacher, and the precalculus teacher, and the sixth-grade math teacher. He picked up the math classes after he couldn’t find a qualified teacher willing to move to the eastern Colorado town of 400 people and work for a school system that offers a […]

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New youth mental health initiative will promote statewide collaboration to prevent teen suicide

A children’s mental health initiative announced Tuesday could transform how Colorado identifies and treats kids and teens with depression, anxiety or eating disorders at the doctor and in the classroom. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced a $2.8 million grant to launch a collaboration between Children’s Hospital Colorado and Mental Health Colorado that state leaders called […]

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After hay lures fail, federal officials to use helicopter to herd wild mustangs near Grand Junction

A low-key effort to lure wild horses with hay near Grand Junction will transition to a more forceful attempt to round them up by helicopter this weekend. The federal Bureau of Land Management, already at odds with mustang advocacy groups, plans to begin herding the horses by helicopter on Sunday, an agency spokeswoman said. The […]

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For teens in Colorado corrections who have kids of their own, the state is trying to keep parental connections intact

The few dozen paper ornaments hanging from the Christmas tree in the lobby of the state human services department were gone in little more than an hour last year. Employees snatched them up, eager to buy the requested gifts: a box of diapers, a warm coat, a baby doll. Like most other giving trees, this […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Clash over wild horses heats up as herds reach highest numbers in program history

GRAND JUNCTION — The trap is set. Jim Dollerschell hides up the pink-dirt hill behind the sagebrush and the pinyon pine, not visible from the corral. A trough of fresh water and piles of grass-hay strewn along the ground will lure the wild horses he is capturing into a ring of metal fencing. And when […]

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Women who vote: They’ve shown their might, now they want results in the 6th Congressional District

HIGHLANDS RANCH — Nanette Gamily is opening her front door for the next woman to arrive as Diane Faut, standing in Gamily’s kitchen, pours white wine into clear plastic cups. The dozen or so women gathered on a Thursday night know each other from book club, monthly bunco game nights or through their kids’ schools. Almost […]

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Will two redistricting ballot measures this year put an end to one of Colorado’s longest-running political feuds?

Almost three years ago, former state lawmaker Rob Witwer invited a few other “legislative has-beens” to meet him for lunch on the 16th Street Mall. Witwer, ever the optimist, kicked around his ideas for fixing one of the longest-running, most-divisive battles in politics: the fight over political power itself. The downtown lawyer and father of […]

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As with birth control, Colorado makes anti-smoking drugs available at pharmacies — no doctor visit required

It’s about to get easier to quit smoking in Colorado. People now can skip the doctor’s office and go straight to a pharmacy to get prescription medication — pills, nasal sprays and inhalers — to help them quit smoking. The new statewide prescription protocol is the second in Colorado, following approval last year for pharmacists […]

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Colorado spends $4.7 million a year helping homeless people rehab from drug and alcohol abuse at Fort Lyon. Is it worth the cost?

LAS ANIMAS — The farther the white van got from Denver, away from the sirens and honking horns and closer to desolate stretches of two-lane highway through corn fields and melon farms, the more panicked Linda Fitzgerald became. When the van pulled into Fort Lyon, a former Army fort and then tuberculosis sanitarium, she had […]