Public Health

Of 115 homeowners contacted, 1 shows up for meeting about uranium waste

Letters were sent last week to Durango-area homeowners warning of potential uranium waste on their property, but on Wednesday, only one resident attended an informational meeting led by the state...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 44 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County veterans center saves 15 lives in first year

The Veterans Outreach Center of La Plata County, which opened last year to help address the physical and mental health needs of those who have served, has stabilized 15 veterans who were...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan County (N.M.) hires first behavioral health director

FARMINGTON – San Juan County hired its first behavioral health services director to address service gaps, the county announced this week. Su Hodgman, who previously worked as a substance abuse...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College’s proposal for Health Sciences Center ranks No. 1

Fort Lewis College’s proposed $32.8 million Health Sciences Center, intended to accommodate hundreds of students in popular majors, has caught the attention of Gov. Jared Polis. The governor ranked...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Letters sent to Durango residents warning of potential radioactive waste

Residents who potentially have radioactive waste on their property may receive a letter from the state health department in the coming days, alerting them of the possible contamination and health...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voters approve tax increase for Animas Mosquito Control District

Voters approved a tax increase Tuesday to fund more staff for the Animas Mosquito Control District, but they rejected a waiver on term limits on the board of directors. The Animas Mosquito Control...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

N.M. indicators show improved overdose prevention work

FARMINGTON – New Mexico saw improvements in drug overdose prevention measures in the past year, the state’s Department of Health announced this week. The state uses three main strategies to combat...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Car crashes decrease in New Mexico after record year

FARMINGTON – The number of car crashes involving youth and young adult drivers in New Mexico declined in 2018 compared with 2017, when there was a record high for the past five years, the New...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County has no say in proposed uranium dump site

It turns out La Plata County has no authority to stop the construction of a uranium disposal site near Bondad proposed by the state’s health department. Recently, the Colorado Department of Public...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed uranium dump site near Bondad faces stiff opposition

Residents who live near a proposed uranium tailings disposal site south of Durango near Bondad made clear Thursday night they don’t want radioactive waste brought to their neighborhood. “If it’s...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico orders labeling of THC products associated with vaping

FARMINGTON – The New Mexico Department of Health has ordered the labeling of marijuana products and issued a public health advisory about the dangers of vaping as severe lung injuries associated...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Medicaid expanding to cover inpatient, residential addiction treatment

An expected Medicaid expansion next year will allow more low-income Southwest Colorado residents struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to seek more intensive treatment. Local addiction...

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

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