Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

Jakob Rodgers joined The Gazette in April 2010, affording him the chance to work for his hometown newspaper. He spent time on the crime and military beats before reporting on the public safety net -- a wide-ranging beat encompassing social services, public health and nonprofit organizations.
  • Cripple Creek casinos gain approval for around-the-clock alcohol sales

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    CRIPPLE CREEK - Lucky streaks might end in Cripple Creek, but liquor sales can keep going. Seven of the city's nine casinos won approval Wednesday night to serve alcohol 24 hours a day, making Cripple Creek the latest Colorado city to embrace around-the-clock liquor sales in...

  • Cripple Creek city council to decide if casinos can sell alcohol around-the-clock

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Last call may be a thing of the past in Cripple Creek. All but two casinos in Cripple Creek are vying to allow around-the-clock alcohol sales - part of a burgeoning trend in the state's gambling industry that aims to match liquor sales with gambling hours. Last month, Black Hawk...

  • Public meeting set on methadone clinic planned in Monument

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce will host a meeting Monday evening concerning a methadone clinic under development in Monument. Operators of the clinic - which offers the drug methadone to help people overcome additions to opioids, such as heroin - will be on hand to discuss...

  • Colorado health exchange plans cutbacks, finding help may be more of a challenge

    Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Help shopping for health insurance may be a little harder to find this year. Connect for Health Colorado, the state's health insurance exchange, plans to cut the number of in-person assistance sites across the state by roughly half this year, said Luke Clarke, an exchange spokesman....

  • Colorado Springs medical program continues to grow

    Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Peak Vista Community Health Centers' fast-growing medical training program now has a central clinic. The massive nonprofit health care provider opened a clinic that will be staffed by advanced practice nurse fellows and medical school graduates in its residency program. Four...

  • Survey: Number of El Paso County homeless has changed little in recent years

    Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    For the past few years, the number of homeless people across El Paso County has remained relatively stable. This year appears no different. El Paso County's homeless population remained fairly flat in early 2015 compared with the previous year, according to results of the annual Point...

  • Cat euthanized after finding rabid bat in northeast Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    A cat that was not vaccinated against rabies was euthanized after it found a rabid bat in northeast Colorado Springs. El Paso County Public Health officials urged people to avoid feeding or touching wild animals in light of the rabies case, and asked residents to keep pets up to date...

  • Fireworks may have sparked increase in stray dogs at Humane society

    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Time is ticking to find Spot. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region ended up with 108 stray dogs from July 1 through midday Monday - most of them likely runaways scared by fireworks before and during the Fourth of July weekend, said Katie McDevitt, a humane society spokeswoman....

  • Why is Pikes Peak a giant lightning rod? Blame Denver

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    America's mountain appears to be one of Colorado's biggest lightning rods. A 20-year composite map of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes across the state shows some of the highest concentrations across the Pikes Peak region, according to a National Weather Service analysis using data...

  • Dog, rabbit infected with tularemia in El Paso County

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A dog was infected and at least one rabbit died recently in Yoder of tularemia - a bacterial infection known as "rabbit fever" that has spiked in recent years across Colorado. The dog is being treated with antibiotics. People who were in contact with it will be assessed and monitored...

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