Public Health

Allergy sufferers could be in for ‘huge’ season

A cold May brought a reprieve for some allergy sufferers, but pollen from grass and weeds could strike with a vengeance in coming months. It could be a “huge” season for allergens because of the...

DATE: June 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center opens breast milk donation center

New moms in La Plata County may now share their excess milk with newborns in need through a new donation center at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Some of the earliest meals for sick newborns at...

DATE: June 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local health director tapped by Gov. Polis to help lead oil and gas changes

Liane Jollon, director of Southwest Colorado’s largest public health department, has been tapped by Gov. Jared Polis to help lead sweeping changes in how the oil and gas industry is regulated in...

DATE: May 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Middle school students develop strengths to handle challenges

Miller Middle School students gathered eagerly in the school’s auditorium Friday to calm down their breath and color together, practices intended to improve school culture and bolster mental...

DATE: May 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New group offers support to those caring for mentally ill

After Donna and Phil Middleton’s son was diagnosed with a mental health disorder four years ago, they were left with feelings of fear, shock, frustration and grief. Those feelings showed Donna...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will rural residents reap benefits from reinsurance plan?

DENVER – Colorado’s reinsurance plan, passed by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session, promises to reduce individual insurance premiums on the Western Slope by 30%, bringing relief...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Motorcycle rally to raise funds for suicide prevention

Motorcycle clubs from across the Four Corners will ride this weekend to raise awareness about suicide and funds for suicide prevention. “People think that they shouldn’t talk about (suicide), but...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County hit with ‘F’ score for ozone levels

For the second consecutive year, the American Lung Association has hit La Plata County with a failing grade for unsafe ozone levels. The yearly report, called the “State of the Air ,” also shows...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez-area youth services seek to collaborate

There is a wide array of services that support young people in Montezuma County, but services are not always connected. Representatives of local organizations met last week to address that...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obesity rates rise in La Plata and Montezuma counties

Too much fat and sugar may be catching up with residents in La Plata and Montezuma counties, causing obesity rates to rise slowly but steadily, a report by County Health Rankings found. About 17...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy aims to lower costs by assisting frequent ER patients

Gordon Nunziato visited the emergency room 10 times in four months last year. He was homeless, abusing alcohol and facing serious kidney and liver conditions, among other health problems. He used...

DATE: April 10, 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

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