High alcohol consumption is dragging down health in many Colorado counties, from Denver to the mountains, according to the annual County Health Rankings produced by the nation’s largest public health foundation. In Colorado, Pitkin and Douglas counties ranked No. 1
The Colorado State Patrol reduced enforcement of highway safety in 2011 and 2012. During those years, traffic-related deaths on state highways spiked, reversing a dramatic 9-year decline in highway deaths. In January, the 42-year old chief of the state patrol was paid $90,000 to retire
State Sen. Irene Aguilar says she wants people to understand the United States spends more money on healthcare than any other industrialized country in the world. She had a proposal to eliminate waste from the system and provide health coverage to every resident who has lived here a year, but it failed to draw enough support.
Tom Clements, who was shot and killed at his home this week, was a rare prison chief. He was committed to reforms for mentally ill prisoners and those in solitary confinement. Last month Colorado Public News conducted a wide-ranging interview of the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections of two years. It’s one of his last media interviews
Colorado’s governor and legislature quietly agreed last year to pay millions to a private prison company for cells the state would not need. Rep. Cheri Gerou, who headed the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee at the time, said the deal was negotiated in the governor’s office.