It’s road closures, a police shooting, and mental health court closures across the A1 sections of Colorado broadsheets today. Here’s your rundown from the Front Range to Western Slope:
The Gazette in Colorado Springs has a piece on a mental health court shutting down despite its success. “Last week’s graduation marked the final meeting of El Paso County’s Mental Health Court, which offered severely mentally ill defendants the chance to avoid jail and prison if they chose to go on medication and attend weekly interventions with a judge, attorneys, probation officers and mental health professionals focused on getting them treatment, housing and employment.” Why shut down? “Too many resources, and too much manpower, for not enough people,” the court’s founder, Judge Deborah Grohs, said she was told by Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez.
The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent has a piece about frustrations over a local road closure.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has a story about a local police shooting. “A Grand Junction police officer shot and killed a suspect in a Grand Junction trailer park off North Avenue after responding to a domestic violence call Sunday afternoon.”
The Loveland Reporter-Herald has a feature about a local family hoping to race their roadster in a salt flat race in Utah. “It’s not necessarily the speed. It’s the challenge of building the car, getting out there and going fast,” Lawrence Rouch said.
The Coloradoan in Fort Collins has a piece about a wildfire in Larimer County that burned 300 acres.
The Steamboat Pilot fronts a story about local parents anticipating the results of English and math scores from their kids. “Steamboat students made noticeable gains as compared to last year’s scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC exams, and continue to perform well above state averages.”
The Longmont Times-Call has an A1 story about the ACLU challenging the city to repeal its laws against loitering-for-the-purpose-of-begging. On Friday, Mead Mayor Gary Shields said on Friday that as far as he knows, “we’ve never had a problem” with people “loitering for the purpose of begging” and “we’ve never enforced” the ordinance.
The Boulder Daily Camera fronts a story about local college students taking the semester off to volunteer for political campaigns.
The Denver Post has a story about how a new contract for red-light cameras could mean more photo-tickets in the state capital. “Two years in a row, showdowns in state government have centered on the use of red-light or photo-radar speed cameras to police traffic, which rakes in serious money in the process. And two years in a row, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver’s former mayor, has used his veto pen to protect cities’ ability to use the devices.”
The Cañon City Daily Record profiles a local veteran who served for 20 years and was injured in a rocket attack in Vietnam.