Public Health

Health officials remind residents of rabies risk

With the arrival of spring, health officials are reminding residents in Southwest Colorado to take precautions to prevent the spread of rabies. The San Juan Basin Health Department urges pet...

DATE: April 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers target edible pot in fruit, animal shapes

DENVER – Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Acme Healing Center marijuana pulled because of pesticide detection

More than 10 strands of marijuana grown by Acme Healing Center have been ordered off shelves because of pesticide residues, but company representatives said Wednesday that’s because of “impossible”...

DATE: April 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unknowns remain about marijuana’s impact on public health

Colorado is more than two years into its social experiment allowing the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes, yet much remains unknown about the drug’s effect on public health. Four...

DATE: April 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

40 illegally operating wells ordered shut down in La Plata County

A cease-and-desist order has been issued to two oil and gas companies for illegally operating 40 wells in La Plata County, which state officials say “constitute an emergency situation posing a...

DATE: April 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Offer comes to relocate Lightner mobile home residents for free

A recent report of a leaking, open sewage lagoon at Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park has prompted representatives at Animas Mobile Home Community to offer to relocate three Lightner residents free...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teen birth, poverty rates fall in La Plata County

Children and teens could be facing a more healthful and prosperous future because poverty and dropout rates are falling in the La Plata County. The rate of children living in poverty fell from 15...

DATE: March 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado still fit, but obesity is on the rise

While Colorado is still the thinnest state in the nation, obesity, diabetes and other health problems are on the rise, and some are even more prevalent regionally. Colorado has been ranked No. 1...

DATE: March 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

40 illegally operating wells ordered shut down in La Plata County

A cease-and-desist order has been issued to two oil and gas companies for illegally operating 40 wells in La Plata County, which state officials say “constitute an emergency situation posing a...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado vaccine database bill moves ahead

DENVER – A new Colorado database tracking kids who have not been vaccinated moved ahead in the state Legislature on Thursday. But the measure faces stiff opposition. Republicans gave the bill a...

DATE: March 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Expert warns of Zika virus and superbugs

The first Zika case was identified in 1947 in Uganda – but most people learned about the virus early this year, when the disease showed up in the U.S. “It spreads geographically because we...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ambulance services expand east into Mancos

Emergency medical services in eastern Montezuma County should be faster and more reliable beginning in April. Southwest Heath System plans to staff the ambulance station in Mancos with a driver and...

DATE: March 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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