Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Southwest Colorado Springs floodplain changes could benefit planned homeless hub, development

    Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Fast-tracked floodplain revisions could hasten the construction of a homeless daycenter and shelter south of downtown Colorado Springs and ease development requirements across the city's west side. More than 1,000 properties along Fountain and Cheyenne creeks - including a massive...

  • El Paso County flu hospitalizations on pace to exceed last season

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Cases of the flu continued to rise last week across El Paso County in a sign that the current flu vaccine might be mismatched for this season's most prevalent strain. Doctors across El Paso County tallied 182 hospitalizations for the flu from late September through Saturday, due...

  • Hodges leaving CASA to lead massive Colorado Springs foundation

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    The longtime leader of a nonprofit dedicated to helping abused children will leave her post to become head of a massive foundation assisting organizations across the region. Trudy Strewler Hodges, who for about 25 years led CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, will take over as chief...

  • Colorado hemp industry poised to take off in 2015, growers say

    Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Colorado's newest cash crop is bright green, sports long leaves and remains largely illegal across the United States. It's also better worn as clothing than smoked in a bong. While the rollout of recreational marijuana took center stage in Colorado last year, a separate industry...

  • Healthy kettle donations may spare cuts to Colorado Springs-area Salvation Army programs

    Updated: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    Better-than-expected donations to the Salvation Army's recent Red Kettle Campaign could help stave off threatened cuts to programs that serve the Pikes Peak region's neediest residents. The organization's signature bell-ringing campaign brought in roughly $426,700 from Nov. 22 through...

  • Peak Pet Pantry helps feed furry family members in need

    Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Jody Cimino calls Mickee, Kitty and Angel her kids, even though they're furry. But the kids in this family - her dog and two cats - live on one disability check. And that check must also cover the needs of Cimino and her husband. So in lean months, she stops by the Peak Pet Pantry....

  • Insurance coverage gaps create health care challenges

    Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    A new effort to provide holistic health care is facing an old challenge: Insurance coverage gaps. Ten months after the opening of the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, officials say they have made encouraging progress in...

  • Returns and bargains draw shoppers back to stores the day after Christmas

    Updated: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Cristi Harris tried her hardest to make Christmas shopping easy for her husband - going so far as to personally write down her own wish list. It didn't work. Standing at Target's customer service counter, the Harrises joined other shoppers across the region Friday in the holiday...

  • Empty Stocking Fund more than halfway to its goal with about 3 weeks to go

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    At least one stocking is well on its way to being stuffed. Deposits to The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund reached $570,950 through Monday, a tally outpacing last year's campaign by more than $45,000, according to Amy Horton, The Gazette's fund program manager. Horton...

  • New residency program could help alleviate doctor shortage in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Peak Vista Community Health Centers plans to establish a family medicine residency program in summer 2015 or 2016 - a pivotal step aimed at alleviating a regionwide doctor shortage. The program would be the first of its kind in the Pikes Peak region and would offer a critical new...