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Former Rangely police Lt. Roy Kinney and Debra Pierce, widow of Daniel Pierce, a mentally ill man whom Kinney shot and killed in a 2018 police chase, share an emotional moment during a community conversation in Rangely on Dec. 2, 2019. Pierce told Kinney she does not blame him for her estranged husband's death. (Photo by Caitlin Walker)

Greene: Grace and forgiveness in Rangely

Editor's note: This letter to readers went out Friday, Dec. 6. to our email subscribers.  Dear readers, I started this letter to you in my head...
Colorado Capitol early on May 10, 2018 after adjournment. Lawmakers in 2020 will debate bail reforms. (Photo by John Herrick)

Colorado lawmakers want fewer people awaiting trial in jail Despite last year's bail reforms,...

Lawmakers this legislative session will debate bail reforms to ensure fewer people accused of committing a crime have to wait in jail before they...

Gun reform talks under way at the state Capitol Passage of gun bills in...

Rep. Tom Sullivan, a Democrat from Centennial, has a long list of gun reforms he hopes to see become law.  He wants to require gun...
Still shot from the dashboard camera on former Rangely Police Lt. Roy Kinney's patrol car as he chased Daniel Pierce through the desert. The December 10, 2018 pursuit ended when Kinney fatally shot Pierce.

EVENT: A conversation about mental illness and law enforcement in rural Colorado

Next month will mark the year anniversary of Daniel Pierce’s death. The newcomer to the rural northwest Colorado community of Rangely was suffering from...
Kamyar Samimi was 64-years-old when he died, shortly after being detained in the GEO Group immigration detention facility in Aurora. (Photo from an ACLU of Colorado report.)

ACLU sues GEO Group and doctor for wrongful death of immigrant detainee in Aurora...

The ACLU of Colorado sued the GEO Group today for what it alleges was the wrongful death of a Thornton man at the private...
Still shot from the dashboard camera on former Rangely Police Lt. Roy Kinney's patrol car as he chased Daniel Pierce through the desert. The December 10, 2018 pursuit ended when Kinney fatally shot Pierce.

Through the Cracks: A stranger, a police shooting, and a small town’s silence ...

RANGELY – No one seems to know why Daniel Pierce settled in this northwestern Colorado town last year after his wife in Missouri and...
Former Rangely Police Lt. Roy Kinney at his kitchen table, breaking months of silence about the man he killed and job he lost in a December 2018 shooting. (Photo by Susan Greene)

Through the Cracks: A stranger, a police shooting, and a rural town’s silence (Part...

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part collaboration between The Colorado Independent and The Rio Blanco Herald Times. We posted the first part, linked...

Reformers double down on death penalty repeal Abolishing the death penalty could test collegiality...

Helen Griffiths stood beside a wooden podium inside the Second Baptist Church in Boulder on Monday and delivered a well-rehearsed presentation to about two...
Still shot from the dashboard camera on former Rangely Police Lt. Roy Kinney's patrol car as he chased Daniel Pierce through the desert. The December 10, 2018 pursuit ended when Kinney fatally shot Pierce.

Through the Cracks: A stranger, a police shooting, and a rural town’s silence (Part...

Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part collaboration between The Colorado Independent and The Rio Blanco Herald Times. We will post the...

Private prisons on the chopping block next legislative session  A proposed bill would open...

Democratic lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to begin closing private prisons in Colorado.  The Prison Population Management Interim Study Committee passed a proposed bill...
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