Public Health

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

La Plata County receives an ‘F’ for ozone levels

In its yearly report, the American Lung Association gave La Plata County a failing grade for potentially dangerous ozone levels, likely a result of the region’s emissions from the oil and gas...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Sanitation approves installation of solar panels

The Cortez Sanitation District has approved the installation of solar panels at its sewer lift stations to save on energy costs. During a special meeting on March 27, the district’s board of...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Teen births on the decline in La Plata County

Widespread access to long-acting contraceptives is credited with declining teen birth rates in La Plata County and across Colorado. “It’s been almost a 10-year effort that produced these phenomenal...

DATE: April 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

Durango City Councilors voted to require homeless residents to sleep next to the Durango Dog Park this week, however unanswered questions about the health risks of camping overnight on a former...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News