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.
  • Colorado Springs organization to offer free hepatitis C testing

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    The test amounts to little more than a needle's prick on one finger. But hidden deep in the ensuing droplets of blood could be lifesaving clues to a disease that kills more people each year than AIDS. In honor of the national Hepatitis Testing Day, free hepatitis C tests will be...

  • Colorado senators tout legislation to legalize therapeutic hemp

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Colorado's two senators introduced legislation this week to legalize therapeutic hemp across the nation - a move that could vastly expand access to cannabis-based oils touted as a treatment for epileptic children. Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet were among six...

  • YMCA takeover of Colorado Springs Senior Center slowed for more citizen input

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The question isn't if the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region will take over operation of the Colorado Springs Senior Center - it's when, a Colorado Springs official said Wednesday. But to that point, expect more time spent transitioning than first expected. Nothing at the senior center...

  • Colorado law clears the way for expanded use of antidote for drug overdose

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Access to a powerful antidote for people overdosing on heroin or opioid-based prescription painkillers may soon expand across Colorado. Recently signed legislation and pending moves by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are expected to clear the way for...

  • Hailstorm wreaks havoc on Colorado Springs roads

    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Persistent hail pummeled northern Colorado Springs and El Paso County Thursday, bringing highway and street traffic to a standstill and clogging drainage systems across the region. Eight plows from the Colorado Department of Transportation cleared up to 8 inches of hail that...

  • Residents near collapsed retaining wall in Colorado Springs will be out of homes for several days

    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Colorado Springs residents whose homes are beneath a busted retaining wall may be stuck outside their houses for several days while city officials figure out how to prevent further damage. Residents of a duplex and a house were evacuated after a retaining wall that officials say was...

  • Residents voice concerns over Colorado Springs plan to spend federal money

    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    An increased focus on eliminating food desserts, spurring economic development and creating affordable housing were among several suggestions voiced Monday to improve a draft plan for spending millions of dollars in federal grants. More than 35 people attended a public comment...

  • Colorado Springs officials to present transition plan for Senior Center

    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Colorado Springs officials next week will present a transition plan for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak region to take over operations of the Colorado Springs Senior Center. The city will unveil its plan during a meeting at 1:30 p.m. May 13 at the senior center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. A...

  • Colorado Springs could shift where it uses HUD grants to help struggling neighborhoods

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Over a 20-year span, Colorado Springs funneled more than $8 million in federal funding into the city's west side for new sidewalks, refurbished houses and a neighborhood association. The Adams Elementary School neighborhood got about $1.1 million over 10 years. The next five years...

  • Woodland Park woman eager to get home to Nepal to assist family

    Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Midway through a pastor's sermon Saturday, the Nepalese town of Lamosangu shook with deadly violence, relatives told Ruth Parajuli, of Woodland Park. Within minutes, the church Parajuli helped create lay in ruins - entombing churchgoers and temporarily trapping Parajuli's sister....

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