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AURORA, CO - Pharmacist Hank Wedemeyer fills prescriptions as generic diabetes medicine awaits distribution at a community health center on Dec. 1, 2009 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Landmark prescription drug pricing bill clears U.S. House  Colorado Reps. voted along party lines...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a landmark health care measure Thursday that proponents say would dramatically reduce the rising cost of prescription drugs...
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)

Rangely police shooting: The truth emerges and the healing begins

RANGELY  ̶  Late in the evening, two hours into Monday’s meeting at the community college, Debra Pierce turned and faced the police lieutenant who...
County Commisioners John Kefalas (right) and Hilary Cooper, and substance abuse expert Rob Valuck (left), prepare to speak about divvying up opioid settlement dollars at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel on Dec. 5, 2019.

Colorado experts recommend opioid settlements mostly go towards treatment and recovery A newly released...

Colorado should spend most of whatever settlement money it receives from prescription drugmakers in the opioid crisis on treatment and recovery services, two dozen...

Proposed changes to food assistance would cause tens of thousands of Coloradans to lose...

Editor's note: This story was originally published on Oct. 25, 2019. On Wednesday, the Trump administration adopted a new policy that will restrict states'...
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...
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...
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...
Mike Mielke, in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, trains at The Phoenix sober gym in Denver on Feb. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brien Hollowell, courtesy of Mike Mielke)

In Colorado’s battle against substance abuse, lawmakers and advocates target recovery A proposed bill...

Early on in his life, it was clear to Mike Mielke that the way he drank and did drugs differed from his peers.  “I would...

Survivors of child sex abuse by Catholic priests call for Colorado statute of limitations...

Survivors of child sex abuse by Catholic priests are calling for reforms to Colorado's statute of limitations for such crimes in the wake of...