Public Health

Southwest Memorial’s cutbacks hit home in Dolores

Cutbacks at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez are having an impact on Dolores, Southwest Health System CEO Tony Sudduth told the Dolores Town Board about the hospital’s financial health....

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

New center provides emergency aid, counseling to veterans

A new veterans’ center quietly opened last month in Bodo Industrial Park south of downtown Durango to provide emergency aid, free counseling and a variety of other services to those in need. The...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New suicide-prevention efforts target La Plata, Montezuma counties

La Plata and Montezuma counties are among six in Colorado selected to participate in collaboration to create a model for suicide prevention that could be used nationwide. The goal of the...

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

State Innovation Model introduces ‘whole person care’ to Durango

Primary care providers in La Plata County have begun work as part of a governor’s office initiative called the State Innovation Model. Colorado received a $65 million award from the federal Centers...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City won’t study uranium health risks before opening homeless camp

A planned homeless camp expected to open near the Durango Dog Park may pose health risks to residents, but the city does not plan to assess potential hazards before allowing people to sleep on the...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State opioid measures aim to address opioids as deaths continue to rise

New state laws seek to prevent patients from developing an opioid addition, expand access to addiction treatment and direct lawmakers to continue studying the problem for two more years. The scope...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores moves forward with school-based health clinic

After hearing from citizens and Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin, the Dolores School Board approved a contractor for a school-based health clinic. The motion was made by District Re-4A Board...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

With Lake Nighthorse now open to the public, many people discovering the new waterway in Durango want to know: Is it OK to eat the fish? The simple answer is yes, but a deeper look into the...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

One of two suicide-prevention bills may win approval

One measure to fund suicide prevention in schools failed in the Colorado Senate this week, but a similar measure could win approval before the state’s legislative session ends today. State Rep....

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado bill would start grants for suicide prevention in schools

More suicide prevention funding could be available to school districts across the state if a bill pending in the Colorado Senate is approved. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, Sen. Don...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dry, windy conditions make for rough allergy season

The dry weather and warm temperatures seem to have made a lot of things worse – this past winter’s ski season, a possibly dismal raft season and an impending water shortage for farmers and...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News