Public Health

Flu hospitalizations are high across Colorado

If you were sick over the holidays, you were not alone. Flu season is hitting hard in Colorado. Three to four times more people have been hospitalized than usual and the trend isn’t slowing down,...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Grants aim to help address behavioral health care shortage

To address the shortage of behavioral health care in the region, social work students in Durango are receiving additional training and stipends from a federal grant. This school year, 11 students...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

2017: A year about land use, health and play in Dolores

The Dolores area experienced successes and controversy in 2017. Ron Kotarski Jr. playground closes The story that got the most attention in Dolores was the closing of the popular Ron Kotarski Jr.,...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

High suicide rate, spike in Safe2Tell reports prompt youth study in La Plata County

La Plata County will have more information to better prevent youth suicides next year after a study that will be funded by the Attorney General’s Office. La Plata, Pueblo, El Paso and Mesa counties...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado extends child health care program

Colorado on Thursday secured funding to extend public health insurance for low-income children through February thanks to an emergency budget appropriation. At the same time, Congress failed to...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: Return to Archuleta Courthouse ill-advised until problems fixed

A return to the Archuleta County Courthouse should not occur until an array of indoor air-quality issues that have led many employees to complain of eye irritation, sinus issues, coughing and...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Child Health Plan Plus funding may expire; state advises looking at alternatives

As uncertainty around the funding for Child Health Plan Plus drags on, the state is advising pregnant women and parents of children enrolled in the public low-cost health insurance program to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new way to track our mental health indicators

Mental Health Colorado, a statewide nonprofit, is making it easier to track depression, suicide, opioid overdoses and other regional mental health indicators. “Our goal is to equip individuals with...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deadline for Montezuma County health survey is extended

A survey sponsored by the Montezuma County Health Department will continue through Nov. 30, director Bobbi Lock said. The survey, which is available online and in paper form at county and city...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado identifies La Plata, Montezuma counties as high priorities for suicide prevention

The state Office of Suicide Prevention has identified La Plata and Montezuma counties as priority areas for comprehensive prevention efforts. The counties will be part of a collaborative effort...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anonymous hotline sees increase in calls from students

More students are making more calls to a statewide anonymous hotline to report concerns about their safety or the safety of others, a trend that educators regard as positive. “Kids are feeling more...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango could budget $100,000 for art at Hwy. 550/160 intersection

The city of Durango is considering applying for a second $25,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund an art project in the raised medians at the U.S. Highway...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News