Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Infighting blamed for shutdown of Colorado Springs' NAACP office

    Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The NAACP's Colorado Springs branch recently suspended all meetings and activities amid political infighting that has threatened to unravel the organization. The local branch is "unable to operate" until at least the end of May and has sought help from the NAACP's headquarters in...

  • Man in critical condition after fight at Colorado Springs skate park

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A man was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday evening after being punched at Memorial Park's skate park and hitting his head when he fell to the ground. The man, 56, was injured around 7:20 p.m. after an altercation with a 15-year-old boy at the park, near Pikes Peak Avenue and...

  • Program works to end homelessness among Colorado Springs veterans

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Sitting in a cramped hotel room doubling as a home, Alvertis Richardson let loose a grin as he showed off papers promising a free apartment. "It's great to be off the streets," he said. A spry 78-year-old, Richardson dozed in the day and stayed up after dark to keep from freezing to...

  • Tax season surprise: Some Coloradans find they have to pay up despite having health insurance

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    For John Soderberg, a $237 tax bill wasn't much of a concern considering the thousands of dollars in health insurance costs he saved through the Affordable Care Act. "Tax season for me was essentially a wash," Soderberg said. But for thousands of other people in Colorado, a few...

  • School has four programs coming to feed Colorado Springs homeless

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Colorado College plans to replace a two decadelong program offering Sunday meals to the homeless with four new initiatives created by about a dozen students. Beginning this summer or early fall, the students will run a weekly writing and visual arts program, a mobile meals service, a...

  • El Paso County gets grant to prep for Ebola

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The El Paso County Board of Health on Wednesday formally accepted $95,000 in federal funding to better prepare the county for the Ebola virus. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of nearly $2.2 million being allocated across Colorado to...

  • Colorado's child poverty rates drop, but rural areas still struggle

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Child poverty rates in El Paso and Teller counties dropped in 2013, and Colorado as a whole recorded its first decrease in five years, according to a report released Monday. Seventeen percent of children in Colorado lived in poverty in 2013, down 1 percentage point from the previous...

  • Ebola money would help El Paso County prepare for next virus

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Ebola may not make many headlines these days, but Colorado public health officials still plan to prepare for it. Health departments across Colorado will receive nearly $2.2 million in federal funding beginning in April to prepare for the deadly virus, which ravaged parts of West...

  • Mercy's Gate moves to new home in northeast Colorado Springs, food pantry remains at church

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    A nonprofit that spent its first 30 years inside two churches now has its own digs. Mercy's Gate, an organization serving families in need across El Paso County, moved this week into a facility at 4360 Montebello Drive, north of Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway. The new...

  • Fountain gets new police chief as its former top cop moves to Sheriff's Office

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    A one-time candidate to replace former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has joined the agency as its second undersheriff. Fountain Police Chief Todd Evans started work on a part-time basis this week, said new El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder. The move marks a return to Evans'...

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