State ‘working around-the-clock’ to fix Human Services issue

A new system for processing food benefits, financial aid and medical assistance for Colorado residents will eventually provide faster and more reliable care, once the kinks are worked out, state...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based group proposes lockers as safe storage for homeless residents

Large, stand-alone metal lockers could give homeless residents in Durango a safe place to store their belongings, while officials and nonprofits work on long-term housing solutions. The Neighbors...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Poverty rates falling in La Plata and Montezuma counties

Child poverty rates in La Plata and Montezuma counties are falling, newly released data show. A report from the Colorado Children’s Campaign showed child poverty rates in La Plata County dropped...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What do panhandlers want?

What do panhandlers want? Cash, food, toiletries, a ride out of town? Justin Crosby held up a sign reading “anything helps” last week in front of Walmart. He said his message is generally true. He...

DATE: June 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents identify top health concerns in two-county region

Suicide, affordable housing and substance abuse are the top three health concerns for residents in La Plata and Archuleta counties, a public health survey found. San Juan Basin Public Health...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health may improve as regional poverty rates fall

Child poverty rates are falling in the region, a positive sign for long-term public health, according to new health rankings. Social and economic factors, such as child poverty and educational...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s the life expectancy in your neighborhood?

Life expectancy varies by more than 15 years based on where residents live in La Plata County. Poverty, race, education, income, transportation, available health care, shifting demographics and...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stocking food banks with fresh produce helps farmers and the disadvantaged

A new state grant was distributed last week that aims to put healthier food in Colorado’s food banks and pantries, which, in turn, has the potential to bolster local farmers and growers. In 2018,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Housing needed to solve homelessness, advocate says

Housing is the answer to homelessness, not laws criminalizing it. That was the message Tristia Bauman, staff attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty , delivered to more...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Author and activist Chuck Collins to address inequality

The growing problem of inequality nationally and how to solve it will be the focus of three upcoming talks. Inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins is the great-grandson of meat-packer Oscar...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Successful fundraiser to house homeless woman inspires campaign

Durango photographer Kyla Jenkinson raised enough money in three days on GoFundMe to house her homeless friend for three months. She launched the online campaign the day before Christmas Eve –...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Second phase of Lumien Apartments approved

Construction could start on 36 units of new, affordable housing near 32nd Street this summer. Durango City Council unanimously approved the second phase of the Lumien Apartments this week. “I am...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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