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.
  • Memorial Hospital OKs use of cannabis-based oils for some young patients

    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Parents of children using cannabis-based oils to treat seizures can administer the oils at Memorial Hospital under a newly approved policy announced Tuesday. Parents must administer the oils themselves while their children are under the care of a pediatric neurologist, and parents...

  • Colorado health exchange users could see steep rate increases for 2016

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Average health insurance rates across Colorado's individual market could rise more steeply in 2016 - though a couple of companies might buck that trend, according to preliminary rate filings announced Monday. Six health insurers proposed double-digit rate increases for next year -...

  • Colorado Springs family in limbo waiting on hospital's decision

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Memorial Hospital officials made no announcement Monday on whether they would allow cannabis-based oils - a popular treatment for many children suffering from debilitating seizures - onto its Boulder Street campus. The issue arose after Memorial Hospital took over all pediatric...

  • Who is using marijuana? New Colorado survey gives some insight

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Across Colorado, 13.6 percent of adults said they had recently used marijuana when surveyed in 2014, according to a report offering the first look at pot use since legal recreational sales began last year. Whether that represents an increase from previous years isn't clear, however,...

  • Patient use of cannabis-based oils a new issue in recent Memorial Hospital changes

    Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    A week before her daughter's surgery, Alicia Stier said Memorial Hospital Central officials told her to keep one seizure medication home: cannabis-based oils. The voicemail left her scrambling. "It's just like any other medication for seizure control," she said. "You don't drop,...

  • About 1,000 El Paso County residents without food stamps; problem being resolved

    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Colorado welfare and information technology workers are trying to determine how some people did not get food assistance renewal packages in the mail - leaving them without food stamps this month. An estimated 1,000 people in El Paso County appear to have been affected, and officials...

  • Thunderstorms expected to hit Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The already-soggy Pikes Peak region could get dumped on again Thursday, but meteorologists say it's too soon to tell exactly how serious the risk is for flooding. Thunderstorms are expected to roll across southern Colorado starting Thursday afternoon. Cloud bursts are likely,...

  • Public comment for Pikes Peak region public transit plans ends Saturday

    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Residents have until Saturday to comment on a draft plans detailing goals for the Pikes Peak region's fixed route transit and specialized transportation services. The plans offer broad outlines for what transit and specialized transportation service could look like by the year 2040....

  • What does record rain, more mosquitoes in Colorado Springs mean for spread of West Nile virus?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Record rainfall in May left more standing water than usual in parts of El Paso County, which means more places for mosquitoes to breed. But whether that adds up to more West Nile virus cases this year is hard to tell. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment planned...

  • Pikes Peak United Way hauls in nearly $6 million in donations

    Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The Pikes Peak United Way announced its most recent fundraising haul Thursday. The nonprofit raised nearly $5.8 million since July 1, 2014, an increase of about $80,000 from the previous fiscal year, said Jason Wood, the nonprofit's president and chief executive. The money will go...

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