Public Health

Annual 9Health Fair to offer affordable services

If you’re looking for affordable health-care services, the 37th annual 9Health Fair in March offers a viable option, said a nurse practitioner who has volunteered every year of the program. The...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

La Plata County sees significant health enrollment gains

DENVER – La Plata and other rural counties in Colorado saw increases in health insurance enrollment during the open enrollment period that ended on Jan. 31. La Plata County had a 30 percent spike...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Move to Silverton to reduce lung cancer risk?

One way to prevent lung cancer is to avoid smoking cigarettes. Another way may be to live at high elevations, for example, Silverton in San Juan County, elevation 9,308 feet. Durango’s neighbor to...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County OKs draft agreement with EPA on mine spill remediation

A 10-year cooperative agreement in which the Environmental Protection Agency would provide $2.4 million for remedial efforts related to the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine spill received unanimous support...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow and ice wreak havoc on gas lines

Snow and ice. Both are picturesque indicia of winter’s arrival, but when allowed to accumulate around gas lines and meters, they suddenly can become lethal fire-starters. La Plata County has had...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County faces health challenges, professionals report

Residents of Montezuma County have a lot of health care options, but there are serious challenges and gaps in care coverage in the area as well. That was the message at a recent health forum put on...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Free whooping cough vaccinations offered in Durango

The San Juan Basin Health Department is asking residents to get their (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccinations – and it’s even offering a free clinic for adults Wednesday to make it easy....

DATE: Nov. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single-payer health care on 2016 ballot in Colorado

DENVER – Colorado voters in 2016 will have a chance to weigh in on whether to implement a single-payer health care system. ColoradoCare was certified with ease, according to the Secretary of...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango High School student diagnosed with pertussis

The number of whooping cough cases is still climbing in La Plata County, and the students and staff at Durango High School should be particularly vigilant. A DHS student was recently diagnosed with...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single-payer backers go for ballot measure in Colorado

DENVER – Proponents of a single-payer health-care ballot initiative in Colorado are preparing to submit signatures on Friday. ColoradoCare backers say they have more than the necessary 98,492...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal funding formulas blamed for health-insurance troubles

DENVER – Health insurance cooperatives and federal officials are at odds over what’s to blame for the possibility of thousands of people having to scramble to find new coverage in 2015. The...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

State obesity rates hold steady

NEW YORK – New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving. Results from a telephone survey show obesity rates stayed about the same in 45 states last year....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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