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

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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New Process for Examining Ballot Measures will have Colorado Trial

An Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review at work.

The citizens jury method of evaluating ballot measures will receive a pilot run in Colorado this fall. A balanced panel of 20 state residents will present their findings on Initiative 48, which would require labeling on genetically modified food. The citizens will hear first from opponents and proponents, with neutral experts on hand for questions. Continue Reading →

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Mental Health Court in Colorado Springs Reports First Graduate

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

The number of "problem-solving" courts for special needs defendants has grown rapidly in Colorado in recent years. In Colorado Springs, mental health court is reporting its first graduate, according to The Gazette newspaper. Given the number of those incarcerated in the state who suffer from mental illness, it's an important first. Continue Reading →

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