Jakob Rodgers

Military Reporter

  • State to launch new Colorado-wide child abuse hotline

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    A Colorado-wide hotline for reporting child abuse or neglect is on track to open Jan. 1, state officials said Tuesday. The hotline - the first of its kind to launch across Colorado - aims to offer Coloradans a single, easy-to-remember number to call amid the state's current patchwork...

  • Mental health gets boost with opening of Crisis Stabilization Unit in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Call it an emergency room for the mind - a place aimed more at treating anxiety and depression than broken bones or heart attacks. On Monday, AspenPointe formally opened its Crisis Stabilization Unit in Colorado Springs, one of several new services across the state aimed at improving...

  • Report cites toys for potential hazards

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    A sheriff's badge toy set and a Piglet figurine made a list of items that a consumer advocacy group said could be dangerous to children. Twenty-four toys made the list compiled by the Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups, which Colorado organizers announced on Cyber...

  • Colorado Springs mom's invention could make a world of difference

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Darla Skolnekovich's business ambitions are made of cardboard. Reinforced, waterproof, fire-resistant cardboard - the type that, Skolnekovich says, could make a difference in disaster-ridden areas around the world. The married Colorado Springs mother of two recently created the...

  • Thanksgiving turkey drives bring in thousands of birds

    Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Most of the people in need who requested turkeys or hens from the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado will get one this year. About 88 percent of the people requesting birds for a Thanksgiving Day feast received one - a greater share of the people in need than helped in...

  • Empty Stocking Fund adds 5 agencies, helps nonprofits meet growing community needs

    Updated: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    The calls mount, often at all hours of the day: A veteran, teetering on the edge of homelessness, sees an eviction notice taped to his door and needs help. A woman, beaten by an abusive husband, seeks refuge at a safe house. Same goes for a child, one fearful of another abuse-filled...

  • Hundreds in Colorado Springs come together in peaceful protest

    Updated: Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    Hundreds of protesters, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot" and "Whose streets? Our streets," marched through downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday, demanding police reform after a grand jury opted not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot a black teen in Ferguson, Mo. The...

  • Colorado health exchange offers local help with walk-in facility

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Most of the people enrolling in health insurance plans through Colorado's exchange either renewed or picked different plans for 2015, exchange officials said Monday. Connect for Health Colorado tallied 6,144 people enrolled in health or dental plans from Nov. 15 through Saturday - the...

  • 8 medical marijuana projects could receive grant money

    Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Eight research projects examining the medical use of marijuana have been recommended to Colorado's Board of Health for approval. The studies selected from a pool of 57 applicants cover a variety of topics, including chronic pain, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder,...

  • Colorado Springs company will not hire tobacco users

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services plans to stop hiring tobacco users beginning Jan. 1 - a move meant to make its hospitals healthier despite concerns it could discriminate against smokers. The new policy by Centura Health, the local system's parent, comes amid other changes at...