When Marlin Spoonhunter returned to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming after decades working as an educator in Montana, he realized that something crucial, something elemental to his Northern Arapaho identity, had escaped him — the language.
HUGO — From his modest office at Lincoln Community Hospital, an hour and a half east of Denver, Kevin Stansbury views the state budget from a different lens.
At the Capitol, the debate is focused on balancing $26.8 billion. In Hugo, population 750, the dollar signs are people. “This community is very invested in this hospital,” said Stansbury, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “And it all starts with family.”
This week’s approval of a $1 million settlement with the parents of Jessica Hernandez was just the latest in a string of payouts on large legal claims involving the Denver police and sheriff’s departments — a sum that has hit $14.5 million in the last three years.