San Juan Basin Health Department

Suicide survivor will help others learn to tell their story

Sharing the story of surviving a suicide attempt or losing a loved one to suicide can help bring others hope and healing. “It doesn’t have to be this scary, unspoken taboo,” said Emma Harmon, a...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local health director tapped by Gov. Polis to help lead oil and gas changes

Liane Jollon, director of Southwest Colorado’s largest public health department, has been tapped by Gov. Jared Polis to help lead sweeping changes in how the oil and gas industry is regulated in...

DATE: May 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New regulations for septic systems improve public health, officials say

Across Southwest Colorado, nearly 20,000 septic systems that were previously not subject to inspections are now required to be reviewed, and already, health officials say the benefits are being...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County hit with ‘F’ score for ozone levels

For the second consecutive year, the American Lung Association has hit La Plata County with a failing grade for unsafe ozone levels. The yearly report, called the “State of the Air ,” also shows...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monica Lewinsky calls for culture of bullying online to end

Monica Lewinsky called for a societal shift to eliminate the widespread culture of bullying and humiliation online during a talk Tuesday at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College....

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care forum focuses on solutions to rising cost

Health care is complicated, but one thing is obvious: It costs too much. That was the consensus Saturday at the Durango Public Library where The Durango Herald hosted a forum to discuss how...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s the life expectancy in your neighborhood?

Life expectancy varies by more than 15 years based on where residents live in La Plata County. Poverty, race, education, income, transportation, available health care, shifting demographics and...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care forum to be held Saturday in Durango

Colorado’s health care costs are rising. Insurance options, particularly on the Western Slope, are dwindling. And insurance premiums in mountain communities are among the highest in the nation. In...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home sales to require septic inspections in La Plata and Archuleta counties

Homeowners who want to sell their property will be required to have their septic system inspected starting Jan. 1. The inspections required by San Juan Basin Public Health are intended to protect...

DATE: Dec. 23, 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

Groups plan how to help those with special needs during emergencies

During the Lightner Creek Fire in 2017, some residents with disabilities left their homes without medications and supplies. Evacuees were able to obtain medications they needed by receiving early...

DATE: Dec. 5, 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

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