Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Colorado Springs organization to offer free hepatitis C testing

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    The test amounts to little more than a needle's prick on one finger. But hidden deep in the ensuing droplets of blood could be lifesaving clues to a disease that kills more people each year than AIDS. In honor of the national Hepatitis Testing Day, free hepatitis C tests will be...

  • Colorado senators tout legislation to legalize therapeutic hemp

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Colorado's two senators introduced legislation this week to legalize therapeutic hemp across the nation - a move that could vastly expand access to cannabis-based oils touted as a treatment for epileptic children. Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet were among six...

  • YMCA takeover of Colorado Springs Senior Center slowed for more citizen input

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The question isn't if the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region will take over operation of the Colorado Springs Senior Center - it's when, a Colorado Springs official said Wednesday. But to that point, expect more time spent transitioning than first expected. Nothing at the senior center...

  • Colorado law clears the way for expanded use of antidote for drug overdose

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Access to a powerful antidote for people overdosing on heroin or opioid-based prescription painkillers may soon expand across Colorado. Recently signed legislation and pending moves by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are expected to clear the way for...

  • Hailstorm wreaks havoc on Colorado Springs roads

    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Persistent hail pummeled northern Colorado Springs and El Paso County Thursday, bringing highway and street traffic to a standstill and clogging drainage systems across the region. Eight plows from the Colorado Department of Transportation cleared up to 8 inches of hail that...

  • Residents near collapsed retaining wall in Colorado Springs will be out of homes for several days

    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Colorado Springs residents whose homes are beneath a busted retaining wall may be stuck outside their houses for several days while city officials figure out how to prevent further damage. Residents of a duplex and a house were evacuated after a retaining wall that officials say was...

  • Residents voice concerns over Colorado Springs plan to spend federal money

    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    An increased focus on eliminating food desserts, spurring economic development and creating affordable housing were among several suggestions voiced Monday to improve a draft plan for spending millions of dollars in federal grants. More than 35 people attended a public comment...

  • Colorado Springs officials to present transition plan for Senior Center

    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Colorado Springs officials next week will present a transition plan for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak region to take over operations of the Colorado Springs Senior Center. The city will unveil its plan during a meeting at 1:30 p.m. May 13 at the senior center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. A...

  • Colorado Springs could shift where it uses HUD grants to help struggling neighborhoods

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Over a 20-year span, Colorado Springs funneled more than $8 million in federal funding into the city's west side for new sidewalks, refurbished houses and a neighborhood association. The Adams Elementary School neighborhood got about $1.1 million over 10 years. The next five years...

  • Woodland Park woman eager to get home to Nepal to assist family

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Midway through a pastor's sermon Saturday, the Nepalese town of Lamosangu shook with deadly violence, relatives told Ruth Parajuli, of Woodland Park. Within minutes, the church Parajuli helped create lay in ruins - entombing churchgoers and temporarily trapping Parajuli's sister....

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