Public Health

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 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District to screen students for suicide risk factors

High school and middle school students in Durango School District 9-R will be screened for suicide risk factors as the community seeks to bolster prevention efforts. This week, the issue rose to...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide summit focuses on how to talk about problems, feelings

Talking about suicide and asking about suicidal thoughts is hard. So audience members practiced at the Suicide Prevention Community Summit at Montezuma-Cortez High School. “We’re better off having...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Patricia Shadell remembered by friends and family at vigil

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday evening at a candlelight a vigil remembering Patricia “Tricia” Shadell, who died by suicide Monday. Friends and family huddled together at the gazebo in Rotary...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Alcohol drives rise in traffic deaths in Colorado

Despite a growing stigma around drunken driving, the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths rose in Colorado in 2016. Last year, 608 people died on the road, marking a 10-year high, according to...

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

Archuleta County Courthouse ‘unhealthy,’ report concludes

The Archuleta County Courthouse in Pagosa Springs is hazardous to public health and unsuitable for judicial employees, according to an air-quality assessment released Tuesday. The report, by A.G....

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five things to know about Colorado Connect for Health open enrollment

Federal funding cuts to insurance offered by state health care exchanges have raised questions about the coverage that would be available next year. While some people will see prices change,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Finding care for veterans in rural Colorado

Mike Kilbane is a tall, ruddy, gray-haired veteran, riding in the back of a state-funded van that is taking him from his home in rural Craig to the Veterans Administration hospital in Grand...

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

Trump’s health subsidy cuts may not hit local enrollment

Local organizations expect enrollment in the state’s health insurance exchange to be strong, despite President Donald Trump’s recent elimination of cost-sharing payments to insurance companies....

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Miss Hozhoni finds purpose in public health after personal diagnosis

In January, Natalia Sells received unexpected diagnosis: prediabetes. She looked healthy. She was only 21 years old. She was a thriving business management student at Fort Lewis College. In some...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County commissioners: Courthouse not a health hazard

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Despite numerous illnesses, Archuleta County commissioners said Friday the county courthouse presents no health hazard to employees or the visiting public. In a resolution passed...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News