Jim Trotter

Jim is highly regarded in Colorado journalism and beyond. He was the senior editor for investigative and enterprise journalism at the Rocky Mountain News when it closed in 2009. Since then, he has been with the Associated Press, responsible for enterprise journalism in 13 western states. Jim has edited Pulitzer Prize-winning articles and an Emmy-winning documentary. He has been a columnist at a major metropolitan newspaper and been editorial director for the public affairs show of a major metropolitan television station.

Recent Stories

New Documentary Examines Rocky Flats and Colorado’s Cold War Role

Looking northwest over the Rocky Flats Plant between Golden and Boulder in 1995. Demolition and cleanup was announced complete 10 years later.

Rocky Flats is Colorado's Cold War legacy. A sprawling and highly secret industrial complex involved in the production of plutonium triggers for America's nuclear bombs, Rocky Flats became the first-ever site where federal agents raided a federal installation. "Colorado's Cold War," a new documentary on Rocky Mountain PBS, premieres tonight at 7. Continue Reading →

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Colorado Police Have Plenty of the Military Gear Displayed in Ferguson

A mine resistant vehicle (MRAP). Colorado police departments have received nine of the heavily armored vehicles, 9News reports.

A federal program that distributes surplus military equipment to state and local law enforcement has come under scrutiny since rioting followed a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. 9News reports that Colorado police have received millions of dollars worth of the military gear, including mine resistant vehicles in Greeley, Florence and Vail. Continue Reading →

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Mental Health Court in Springs Records First Graduate – Without a Jail Term

Judge Deborah Grohs presides over mental health court, part of Colorado's Fourth Judicial District in El Paso and Teller Counties.

There are many more people who suffer from mental illnesses in Colorado's jails and prisons than there are in therapeutic settings or hospital beds. A new approach is mental health court, in which a defendant receives mentoring, health care, counseling and substance abuse treatment while being closely supervised on probation. Continue Reading →

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