The State of Colorado has negotiated a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against major pharmaceutical companies on behalf of regions affected by the country’s opioid epidemic. Roughly $400 million in funds are to be distributed to the state, affected counties and local governments. The settlement was negotiated by the Colorado Attorney General’s office, which worked with Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI), the Colorado Municipal League, and city and county attorneys. The legal claims are against opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, and opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson for those companies’ roles in the opioid crisis. Similar action is
Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) has completed its public engagement phase in the update of its regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). A 30-day public comment period is now open through Aug. 31.
During a year filled with uncertainty, Garfield County was able to achieve a high percentage of important capital projects benefitting the entire community. Nearly 80 percent of the county’s 97 capital projects were completed in 2020, and six percent were near completion by year’s end. Just one percent of projects did not start, and 14 percent were in the beginning stages. Capital project goals included an expansion of the apron at the Garfield County Rifle Airport; realignment of the popular Red Hill Recreation Area near Carbondale; numerous improvements at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, replacement of the Garfield County Courthouse