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Life After Death

How District Attorney George Brauchler became Colorado’s most visible proponent of capital punishment.

The Truth About Suicide in Colorado

Stigma, silence, and fear have long dominated the issue of suicide. None of these will help reduce Colorado’s tragically high rate. But as I learned by working through my own family’s tragedy, the voices of those who have survived just might.

An Inside Look at the Denver Police Department

Mutual mistrust between citizens and the police has rarely been higher in America, and Denver is no exception. What’s being done on both sides of the thin blue line to remedy this—and is it enough?

Animas River Is Not Toxic, State Health Dept. Claims

One week after three million gallons of wastewater spilled into the Animas River in Durango, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tells 5280 that the river is safe—and they don’t expect any long-term health effects.

Can a Water Plan Actually Work?

As director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, James Eklund had the unenviable task of overseeing the first comprehensive water plan in the state’s history. But in a place where water is scarce—and is a private property right that sometimes goes back generations—can a blueprint for how to use our most valuable resource actually work?

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