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.
  • 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...

  • May storms hit Pikes Peak region with $24 million in damage

    Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Damage estimates from a month of record rain continued to climb Wednesday, surpassing $24 million for infrastructure owned by Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities. But those estimates could grow, especially in Manitou Springs as engineers...

  • Pikes Pub: Colorado Springs-area breweries working on summer offerings

    Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Jason Yester plans to marry his grains of paradise with nearly 400 pounds of strawberries. He'll leave the green tops of the strawberries on to impart notes of something akin to parsley. And he'll serve this beer for one reason: crisp, clean refreshment. "Refreshing is a very, very...

  • One dead, one arrested after shooting in Colorado Springs neighborhood

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    One person died Saturday night after a shooting in Colorado Springs, police said. At least one person was shot in the 100 block of South Claremont Street in east central Colorado Springs, police said. The shooting was reported about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. Colorado Springs...

  • 2-year-old dies of injuries from Colorado Springs motel fire; mother, brothers hospitalized

    Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    A two-year-old girl died and her mother and two brothers were taken to Denver-area hospitals after being pulled from a fire that tore through a North Nevada Avenue motel Saturday morning. The family was rescued by Colorado Springs firefighters around 8:30 a.m. Saturday from their...

  • Fire rips through abandoned house on east side of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Colorado Springs firefighters battled a fire Saturday evening that tore through an abandoned ranch or farm house near Drennan and Marksheffel roads. Firefighters were called to the blaze at 6:20 p.m., and fought the fire from the outside because it was an abandoned building, and no...

  • Fire at motel in western Colorado Springs quickly extinguished

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    A fire erupted Saturday afternoon at the Apache Court Motel in west Colorado Springs. Firefighters were called to the blaze around 2:15 p.m., and appeared to bring the fire under control shortly after arriving, according to scanner traffic. The motel, 3401 W. Pikes Peak Ave., is...

  • One dead in shooting at home in Colorado Springs, police say

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    A man was killed and two women were taken to a hospital Friday afternoon after a shooting at a home in north-central Colorado Springs, according to Colorado Springs police. The women were not shot but police would not divulge details on their involvement in the incident. Sgt. Joel...

  • Black Forest woman found guilty of 8 counts of animal cruelty

    Updated: Sat, May 30, 2015

    Not long after Lisa Forbus settled into a jury box to hear testimony about how 14 horses died and others went malnourished, one thing became painfully clear: Sherri Brunzell was in over her head. Forbus - along with two other women and three men - returned a mixed verdict against...

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