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Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — They are struggling, often at the lowest point in their lives. Then they’re arrested. Charged with a crime, they face fines, fees and maybe even a lengthy sentence behind bars. They come from varied backgrounds and walks of life. The events that led them into the courtroom…

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Breaking Down Barriers: ‘An ongoing battle’: Corrections staff work to prevent drug trade in county jail

Breaking Down Barriers: ‘An ongoing battle’: Corrections staff work to prevent drug trade in county jail

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: The following is part five in an ongoing series on drug and alcohol addiction in San Miguel and Mora counties. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore what’s being done about it and take a look at how other communities are addressing addiction. Ashley N. Fernandez approached the nondescript…

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Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Rep. Muffy Davis won her seat in the Idaho House of Representatives in November 2018, capturing more than 56% of votes to become one of just 14 Democrats serving in the 70-member Idaho House of Representatives. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Davis said, “but it’s very hard work.” Davis knows…

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Jessica Rolph, 2020 Women of the Year

Jessica Rolph, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review A love of entrepreneurship and social responsibility led Jessica Rolph to co-found her first company, organic baby food maker Happy Family. Success did not come instantly though. “We launched with frozen baby food in 2006, and it completely failed,” she said through a laugh. “But we hung in there ……

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Leahann Romero, 2020 Women of the Year

Leahann Romero, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Although many people likely view reporting to a probation officer as a punishment, Ada County Juvenile Court Probation Supervisor Leahann Romero said her goal is to instead make those visits about rehabilitation. It’s an approach that has shown success. By helping juveniles in the criminal court system set and meet…

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Smoking gun: Man ID’d in 2018 deadly shooting remains free

Smoking gun: Man ID’d in 2018 deadly shooting remains free

From the Las Vegas Optic — Dec. 13, 2019 On a cold Sunday morning, just 21 days into 2018, the sound of gunfire shattered the peace in a small west side neighborhood nestled between Luis E. Armijo Elementary and an Allsup’s convenience store. A man reported the incident to police dispatchers at 10:44 a.m. “There’s…

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Peter J. Smith IV, 2019 Leaders in Law

Peter J. Smith IV, 2019 Leaders in Law

From the Idaho Business Review While attending Walla Walla University, Peter J. Smith IV took a year away from college to volunteer in Monteverde, Costa Rica, where he and a friend taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. “We spent the year living in an 8- by 10- foot shack attached to the school in…

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Regan Charlton, 2019 Leaders in Law

Regan Charlton, 2019 Leaders in Law

From the Idaho Business Review While attending Boise State University, Regan Charlton was the captain of the debate team, an experience that nudged her toward practicing law. “It was kind of a natural transition. There’s a lot of crossover between debate and the practice of law,” Charlton says. “Some people would say it’s arguing, but…

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Caitlin Elizabeth O’Brien, 2019 Leaders in Law

Caitlin Elizabeth O’Brien, 2019 Leaders in Law

From the Idaho Business Review When Caitlin Elizabeth O’Brien began college at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, majoring in psychology, she hadn’t considered a career in law. “I thought I wanted to be a clinical psychologist, and started down that path of wanting to get my Ph.D,” she says. After graduating, she went to work…

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