Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • 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'...

  • Winter won't go away fast: Parts of Pikes Peak region get 6 inches of snow

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Winter may not go without a fight. Northern El Paso County, Woodland Park and Florissant received at least 6 inches of snow while rain fell across much of Colorado Springs and El Paso County, all due to a storm churning moisture from the Pacific Ocean into central Colorado, according...

  • Power restored to customers in northeast Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    UPDATE: Power has been restored to 3,400 customers in northeast Colorado Springs, according to Colorado Springs Utilites. --- A blown transformer left more than 3,400 people without power Thursday morning in northeast Colorado Springs. The outage began around 7 a.m. and stretched...

  • Officials celebrate milestone in construction of Southern Delivery System

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    The last 50-foot pipe of the 50-mile-long Southern Delivery System arrived at a construction site Wednesday, marking a key milestone for the project as it nears completion next year both on time and under budget. "We put to rest a lot of doubters that we'd get this done," said Lionel...

  • Red Cross Hometown Heroes dinner brings about happy reunion

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The last time Eileen Sasse saw Tyler Heise, she thrust her hand into a gaping wound on his face - a last-ditch effort to stop the bleeding after a gruesome highway crash. This time, she wrapped him in a hug. In a long-awaited reunion, Sasse caught up with Tyler, 11, while the two...

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