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.

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Monument board unanimously votes down proposed methadone clinic; 'this is not about keeping addicts out'

By: jakob rodgers

A methadone clinic in Monument will not be given a business license after a town board sided with a former heroin user who led a vocal opposition movement.

The decision ended an hours-long Monday night...

Overdosing on Heroin: Use, deaths surge in Colorado with few remedies in sight

By: Jakob Rodgers

Three years ago, Stefan Wall said he'd end up in prison or dead.

At age 22, one of those fears came true.

Wall became part of a fast-rising, heroin-related death count that has claimed dozens of lives...

Many residents oppose proposed Monument methadone clinic


As heroin deaths climb across the Pikes Peak region and Colorado, a proposed treatment center in Monument has faced stiff opposition from residents concerned about its location across from a city park.


Appointed board members could decide fate of Monument methadone clinic


Two people were appointed Friday evening to the board that will decide the fate of a proposed methadone clinic in Monument next week.

Shea Medlicott and Robin Yamiolkoski were appointed by Monument's Board...

Colorado Springs winter shelter permit delayed by neighbors' safety concerns

By: Jakob Rodgers

The massive brick homeless shelter near Weber and Cimarron streets protected people from painful frostbite last winter and likely saved lives, operators said.

But for people living nearby, it represented a...

Centura Health, including Penrose-St. Francis, to partner with Children's Hospital Colorado


The corporate parent of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services struck an alliance this week with Children's Hospital Colorado, the hospital systems confirmed Thursday.

Centura Health, which oversees 15...

Lamborn legislation would ban acquisition of some fetal tissue


U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn announced legislation Tuesday aimed at banning the acquisition of fetal tissue from induced abortions - meaning researchers might only be able to get it from stillborns or fetuses lost in...

Director of Pikes Peak Council of Governments' Area Agency on Aging to retire

By: jakob rodgers

The leader of the Pikes Peak Council of Governments' Area Agency on Aging will soon retire.

Guy Dutra-Silveira will retire in August after 20 years with the agency - nine of which were spent as its director....