Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Peak Pet Pantry helps feed furry family members in need

    Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Jody Cimino calls Mickee, Kitty and Angel her kids, even though they're furry. But the kids in this family - her dog and two cats - live on one disability check. And that check must also cover the needs of Cimino and her husband. So in lean months, she stops by the Peak Pet Pantry....

  • Insurance coverage gaps create health care challenges

    Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    A new effort to provide holistic health care is facing an old challenge: Insurance coverage gaps. Ten months after the opening of the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, officials say they have made encouraging progress in...

  • Returns and bargains draw shoppers back to stores the day after Christmas

    Updated: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Cristi Harris tried her hardest to make Christmas shopping easy for her husband - going so far as to personally write down her own wish list. It didn't work. Standing at Target's customer service counter, the Harrises joined other shoppers across the region Friday in the holiday...

  • Empty Stocking Fund more than halfway to its goal with about 3 weeks to go

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    At least one stocking is well on its way to being stuffed. Deposits to The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund reached $570,950 through Monday, a tally outpacing last year's campaign by more than $45,000, according to Amy Horton, The Gazette's fund program manager. Horton...

  • New residency program could help alleviate doctor shortage in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Peak Vista Community Health Centers plans to establish a family medicine residency program in summer 2015 or 2016 - a pivotal step aimed at alleviating a regionwide doctor shortage. The program would be the first of its kind in the Pikes Peak region and would offer a critical new...

  • El Paso County to improve documentation for child placement after state review

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    El Paso County social workers failed to properly document or run 43 percent of mandatory background checks needed for adults in homes taking in children from social services in August, according to a state-led review released this week. Colorado officials said work is underway to...

  • Colorado Springs native to head Catholic Charities

    Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A Colorado Springs native has been tabbed to lead Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. Andy Barton was named the nonprofit's new president and chief executive, a role he will assume on Jan. 12, according to the organization. He replaces Mark Rohlena, who left this year to become...

  • Annual gift giveaway to be held Saturday

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    A venerable giveaway spanning more than three decades and helping thousands of children each holiday season will return this year, five days before Christmas. The giveaway began in 1983 and has since ballooned into an hours-long spectacle helping thousands of people each year. Upon...

  • More than 100,000 sign up for insurance through Colorado exchange

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Colorado's health insurance exchange tallied 108,077 enrollments completed during its first month of open enrollment - largely from people who were covered in 2014. Eighty percent of those who purchased 2015 plans through Connect for Health Colorado had coverage this year, according...

  • Health exchange website gets 'droves of people' on deadline day

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Last-minute health insurance shoppers flocked to beat a key enrollment deadline Monday - a rush that included long call wait times to Colorado's exchange and website issues. Droves of people "like we haven't seen thus far in open enrollment" sought health insurance on the last day to...