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In an effort to reduce drug addiction, Colorado will expand drop-off locations for the disposal of prescription drugs.

Data shows most people who abuse prescription drugs get them from a family member or friend, said Gregg Fabisiak, a coordinator with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“We really believe that if people rid their homes of the medications that they no longer need, it’ll reduce the supply of those drugs that are obtained illicitly,” he said.

The state capitol building in Denver.
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The first few days of Colorado’s 2017 legislative session provided glimpses into the next few months as legislative leaders and the governor outlined their plans and priorities.

Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal and Peter Marcus with ColoradoPolitics.com weighed in on some of the major issues lawmakers will debate.

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After a very dry fall, Colorado’s snowpack has bounced back. Statewide, the snowpack is at almost 160 percent of normal, with the state’s historically snowiest months still to come.

“To have our snowpack where it is right now for the state is a really good position to be in going forward for water supplies into the spring and summer,” said Brian Domonkos, Colorado snow survey supervisor and hydrologist.

The good news extends to cities and reservoirs downstream of Colorado, like Lake Mead in Nevada which has experienced record lows.

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Jim Jarmusch’s magnificent Paterson is a film of unexplained eccentricities and patterns. Paterson itself is the name of the city in New Jersey, famous for a number of names that come up during the film – the boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter falsely convicted of murder decades ago, and Lou Costello, half of the comedy team Abbott and Costello. Paterson is the home of two major poets – Allen Ginsburg and William Carlos Williams, whose best known poem is also called “Paterson,” and like the film focusses on the dramatic Paterson Falls of the Passaic River in the center of town. Paterson is also the name of the lead character in the movie, played by Adam Driver. This Paterson drives a bus, which says “Paterson” in the destination sign above the front window.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered one of his last State of the State addresses to the Colorado legislature on Jan. 12. He didn’t delve into specifics, but instead talked broadly about policy, including infrastructure investment and potential health care reform.

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Opening day at Colorado’s Capitol may be largely procedural, but legislative leaders take the opportunity to set the tone for the year. Thirty-two of the state’s 100 lawmakers are newly elected, but the makeup of the chambers is largely the same as it was last year. Republicans still control the Senate and Democrats have a majority in the House.

Gov. John Hickenlooper is set to deliver his second-to-last State of the State address at 11 a.m. on Jan. 12. His prepared remarks touch on many issues, including economic development, health care and marijuana. 

The state capitol building in Denver.
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In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, Capitol Coverage reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with this year's leadership. Senators and representatives, as well as Gov. John Hickenlooper, shared their thoughts and plans for the upcoming session.

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Colorado lawmakers are required to pass a balanced state budget every legislative session, but that could prove challenging for the 2016 -2017 fiscal year. The governor’s office of state planning and budgeting is required to submit a budget proposal to lawmakers. They’ve identified over $926 million in funding needs mandated by new constitutional and statutory demands on the general fund, which makes up the largest part of the budget. But the revenue doesn’t match up.

Photo by Jeremy Swanson, Colorado Ski Country USA

The avalanche danger in Colorado's mountains is very high as more snow falls, blown by gusty winds. Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation are out in force, working to reduce the danger for motorists traveling in the high country.

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