Public Health

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

What’s stressing our teens?

Anxiety, sleeplessness, binge eating, acne – prolonged stress can create a litany of problems, and it is hitting teenagers harder than adults. Teens across the nation report feeling more stressed...

DATE: March 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

More data needed on fracking, water

DENVER – La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt worries that studies about the impact hydraulic fracturing has on water do not delve deep enough into the issue. A study released Tuesday by the...

DATE: March 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parent’s Bill of Rights moves forward

DENVER – A hearing Thursday on a bill that aims to clarify the rights parents have concerning their children turned into a conversation on vaccinations and sexual abuse. The so-called “Parent’s...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill would fund IUDs

DENVER – Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose is at odds with members of his own party after co-sponsoring a measure that would fund long-acting contraceptives for low-income women. The measure,...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Region’s air may face new rules

Air pollution in the Four Corners could face a tougher standard under the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to strengthen national air quality. The EPA is proposing to reduce allowable...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

More local people insured

The percentage of uninsured people locally has fallen steeply in the last year since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2013. In La Plata County, the percentage of uninsured residents fell...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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