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How the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership battles opioid misuse

When the Tri-County Overdose Prevention Partnership formed in 2016, the group aimed to battle the opioid epidemic from every angle. Members drafted a plan in which workgroups would focus on six key … more

Battle against opioid crisis: Map is sorrowful guide to lost loved ones

The online map is a living, breathing eulogy of people who have died from opioid use. Matt Lazarus, of Castle Rock, “was known for having a ‘heart of gold’” and “will be missed by many,” … more

Government shutdown: What Colorado politicians are saying

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver (via Twitter) “It’s Day 20. @POTUS & @senatemajldr are blocking our efforts to reopen the government. And they’re getting paid. Meanwhile, federal … more

'There's only so long that I can hold out'

Jake Slyder was planning on taking his wife on a hot springs vacation to celebrate their two-year anniversary — but the U.S. government partial shutdown forced him to cancel those plans. Slyder is … more

Denver unveils system for clearing pot convictions

Denver has become the latest city in the nation to take steps to eliminate low-level marijuana convictions in places where the drug is now legal, acknowledging the barriers that such offenses pose to … more

Polis inauguration highlights theme of 'Colorado for All'

Democrat Jared Polis' inauguration as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue as he vowed to expand health care, pursue publicly funded preschool and … more

Cancer death rate continues long decline

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection … more

DA to examine claims of innocence for convicted

Taking a proactive approach, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office has launched a process to investigate “legitimate” claims that convicted individuals may be innocent, the office … more

Froelich takes state House vacancy after Bridges shifts to Senate

Meg Froelich, a former Greenwood Village city councilmember who was bested by state Rep. Jeff Bridges in the 2016 Democratic primary for state House District 3, will now succeed him in that seat … more

Bridges fills vacancy in south metro state Senate district

A familiar face in the south metro area now moves up a notch on Colorado's political ladder, as Democratic state Rep. Jeff Bridges, of Greenwood Village, takes state Sen. Daniel Kagan's seat after … more

Out of power, GOP aims to be 'conscience' at Capitol

The defiantly conservative voice of state Rep. Patrick Neville hit some resigned notes the day before the state Legislature convened, with the Republican House leader from Castle Rock and a Senate … more

Rotary's State of the State event brings Molly Bloom, focuses on mental health

Molly Bloom, author of the book-turned-Oscar-nominated film “Molly’s Game” who also struggled with addiction, anxiety and depression, is one of two headliners at the Rotary State of the State … more

Clydesdales help usher in new beer laws

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales visited the Colorado Capitol Dec. 31 to celebrate the repeal, effective New Year's Day, of laws that prevented sales of beer greater than 3.2 percent alcohol by … more

Low carb? Low fat? What latest dieting studies tell us

Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas? If you're planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you're sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best … more

Influenza cases on the rise in Colorado

Colorado has seen a recent spike in flu cases, and laboratory testing and outpatient visits indicate that the state has entered a period of more intense influenza activity, according to a news … more

Minimum wage rises in Colorado, 19 other states

As of Jan. 1, Colorado's minimum wage is $11.10 an hour, a 90-cent hourly increase from 2018. The Centennial State is not alone, as 19 other states also raised the minimum wage with the dawn of 2019. … more

Stories of the year in the south metro area

The year began with mourning. On the last day of 2017, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish, 29, was fatally shot by a man authorities believe was mentally ill at an apartment complex in … more

Lockheed Martin move to generate jobs

Portions of production for the Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile program will be relocated to Lockheed Martin Space headquarters in unincorporated Jefferson County, at the Wateron Canyon site southwest … more

Therapy campus in Centennial area targets dementia

A one-stop shop for those facing the early stages of dementia is about to open in the Centennial area. “There’s nothing like this in the state of Colorado from beginning to end: Our testing, … more

Shutdown leaves roads unplowed at Rocky Mountain National Park

Visitor centers at Rocky Mountain National Park were locked Saturday and roads were closed or unplowed because of the federal government shutdown. But the U.S. military said the shutdown won't … more
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