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

Many Former Rocky Flats Workers Still Wait for Radiation Exposure Benefits

A worker holds a disk of  plutonium in a containment box at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Golden, Colo., in this 1973 file photo.

Fewer than half of the 4,600 former Rocky Flats workers or their survivors who applied to a federal compensation program for health problems related to their exposure to radiation and other toxins have been approved. The $7 billion demolition and cleanup effort of the nuclear weapons plant was completed in 2005. Continue Reading →

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Mega-Water Utilities Join to Fund Colorado River Conservation Projects

The white ring "around the tub" shows how much elevation the surface of  the lake has lost.

Four of the Southwest's largest water utilities, including Denver Water, are joining to offer $11 million for ideas to conserve Colorado River water. The Colorado serves seven states and Mexico, and has been squeezed by ongoing drought. Projects from the lower basin states, Arizona, Nevada and California, are being solicited first. Continue Reading →

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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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