Public Health

Unaffordable health plans an increasing trend

While the number of people with insurance is on the rise across Colorado, the number of those who are struggling to pay for it also is increasing. This is just one health-care challenge presented...

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

Building bright futures

Teens in La Plata County have more tools to prepare them for success than they did seven years ago, and it may be helping to drive down underage drinking and other risky behaviors. During the...

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

Two bats test positive for rabies in Bayfield

Two bats tested positive for rabies at a private residence in Bayfield, prompting health officials to warn of the potential spread of the disease through wild animals. A spokeswoman for the San...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City asked to remove fluoride from water

A commission that studies water issues in Durango will discuss further reducing or even eliminating fluoride in the city’s drinking water. Jim Forleo, a Durango chiropractor who has been leading...

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

Drug-testing firm a beacon

Industries that can thrive anywhere are ideal for growing La Plata County’s economy. Tech industries, engineering companies and film-production companies are some of the primary employers that can...

DATE: July 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Children’s Hospital alert for enterovirus recurrence

Children’s Hospital Colorado is heightening its surveillance for enterovirus D68 to quickly detect any circulation of the virus that last summer and fall caused a devastating nationwide outbreak of...

DATE: July 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado ranks third in healthy habits in the United States

Because Colorado ranks high among states for physical fitness and health, it seems like a no-brainer that it would rank high on healthy habits. And that’s exactly what two smartphone apps found...

DATE: July 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Radon is on county’s radar

Some essential pieces of a radon-mitigation system could be built into every new home when the new county building codes are approved. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas released by decaying...

DATE: June 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado teen-pregnancy program shows results

The use of intrauterine devices, IUDs, and other long-acting reversible contraceptives played a major role in reducing the number of teen births 35 percent in La Plata County and 47 percent in...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local hantavirus victim identified

The La Plata County man who died April 6 of hantavirus was identified Monday as Thaddeus Conan Stahl, a 36-year-old resident of Hesperus, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. Stahl started...

DATE: April 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County resident dies from hantavirus

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed Friday that a La Plata County resident has died after becoming infected with hantavirus – a rare but often deadly disease carried...

DATE: April 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Youths, drugs, sex survey on hold

DENVER – Alarmed by anonymous surveys asking Colorado’s middle and high school students about their sex lives and drug habits, the state Board of Education delayed action Thursday on considering...

DATE: March 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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