Public Health

Dolores School board gets good news, bad news

The Dolores Re-4a School District has received two awards from the Colorado Department of Education for student performance on state tests. Superintendent Phil Kasper announced that Dolores High...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School warns of hand, foot and mouth disease

Animas High School is warning students and parents of a case of hand, foot and mouth disease among the student body. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a contagious illness caused by different...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention efforts to expand next year in La Plata County

Efforts to address the high rate of suicides in La Plata County will expand in scope next year, community group representatives said Thursday at a forum. A panel of six experts highlighted new...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide prevention forum to highlight community efforts

Those working to prevent suicide will update the community about their work involving Durango School District 9-R, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and other organizations at a forum this week. The...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New program seeks to prevent child abuse, neglect

Parents of young children are learning to identify more serious illnesses and how to make their homes safer places as part of SafeCare, a new San Juan Basin Public Health program. SafeCare , which...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recovery group helps young people establish new lifestyles

Candice Seay started drinking when she was 10. In 2016, at age 26, she quit and found that a support network was key to recovering from her addiction. “I didn’t feel alone anymore,” she said. Since...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango teen vaping rates outstrip state average

Vaping rates among teens in Southwest Colorado are outstripping high statewide rates. A 2017 survey showed 27 percent of Colorado teens are using electronic cigarettes to ingest nicotine, a...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ahead of action by FDA, Juul pulls flavors and social media

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs will stop some selling some sweet flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores and quit promotion via social media. The statement from CEO Kevin Burns said that as the...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Fort Lewis College to ban smoking on campus

Fort Lewis College will ban smoking on campus Jan. 1 following Gov. John Hickenlooper’s executive order that extends the state prohibition on smoking in state buildings to the grounds of state...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unlicensed waste company ordered to stop in La Plata County

A trash removal business that started hauling and dumping construction waste without a permit or state approval has been ordered to cease all operations on a property southeast of Durango. Megan...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

With teen vaping exploding, Colorado’s QuitLine will now help users as young as 12

When smokers dial (800) QUIT-NOW, they can work with a coach, over the phone, to understand triggers, manage cravings and grapple with relapse. The eligibility age for the Colorado QuitLine was 15....

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Trash bills expected to go up in Montezuma County

Local waste haulers told Montezuma County commissioners and a landfill manager that a recycling program and steep increase in disposal fees will be a challenge for their businesses. In October,...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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