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Colorado has pushed for years to combine mental health and medical care. Some new laws  and money should help. 

Almost a quarter of the residents of Routt and Moffat counties use the local community health center, which is why it has tried to incorporate mental health screenings for anyone who comes in for a checkup — or even a toothache.  Northwest Colorado Health, with offices in Steamboat Springs and Craig, began integrating mental health […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Rep. Herod: We need more equitable access for all to Colorado’s beautiful outdoors

Like so many others in Colorado, I am eager to spend more time outdoors as the vibrant colors of spring unfold. But for underrepresented communities, like mine, spending time outdoors may not be the classic “Colorado experience” that is often amplified on social media, or in advertisements for outdoor gear.  It is not uncommon for […]

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To fix soaring prescription costs, Colorado lawmakers have a new plan: A board to cap drug prices

Kris Garcia, a Denver father of three and community activist, lives in fear of simple accidents. Garcia lives with four bleeding disorders, including hemophilia. Any injury could quickly result in a health emergency. But it’s not just the physical risks that worry him. Garcia uses a drug called Humate-P to control his conditions. One vial […]

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Colorado Democrats will pursue mandatory waiting period for gun buyers, safe-storage measure in 2021

Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado are planning to introduce at least three pieces of gun-control legislation this year, including a measure that would require a waiting period — potentially of five days — between when someone purchases a firearm and when they can access that weapon. The other two bills would require gun owners to […]

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Colorado’s rural pharmacies wrestle against big business to remain community cornerstones

CHEYENNE WELLS – Ted Billinger Jr. closed his pharmacy in this prairie town on March 13, 2019, as the worst storm on record hit Colorado. He delivered a prescription for a child with the flu and one to the local nursing home, went home, had a heart attack in his backyard and died. For nearly […]

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Colorado gun owners who don’t safely store their weapons could face jail time under new bill

Colorado gun owners who don’t lock up or properly secure their weapons in homes where there are children or adults prohibited from accessing guns would be subject to jail time under legislation introduced Friday afternoon at the state Capitol.  House Bill 1355 — a so-called safe storage measure — would also require gun shops to […]

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A breakdown of the 8 issues Colorado lawmakers will study before the 2020 legislative session

Before lawmakers left the state Capitol earlier this month, they issued homework for the interim. And if the assignments are any indication, the next legislative term is expected to be another doozy. The Democratic-led General Assembly is preparing to study eight major policy topics — ranging from school safety and college affordability to private prisons […]