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  • Health foundation likely to focus on mental health, wellness initiatives in El Paso, Teller counties

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Making El Paso and Teller counties Colorado's healthiest communities could mean focusing on conditions invisible to all but the people suffering from them. Mental health care initiatives, as well as wellness and preventative care programs, rank as early priorities for receiving grants...

  • Humane Society halts cat adoptions in Colorado Springs amid virus outbreak

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region halted cat adoptions Wednesday amid concerns that a highly contagious virus may spread among the shelter's felines. The nonprofit also stopped taking in cats after several were dropped off with feline panleukopenia virus, a potentially fatal...

  • Myron Stratton Home hires new director

    Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    A new executive director will lead the Myron Stratton Home beginning in mid-October. Daniel O'Rear, a longtime executive of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, was named to the nonprofit's top post on Tuesday, after a monthslong search for a successor to Mark Turk....

  • New Colorado Springs VA clinic gets mostly positive reviews from some first-day patients

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Eschewing two old, crammed buildings for one new one, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday opened its long-awaited Colorado Springs health care clinic - framing it as a way to expand care and ease wait times for the region's fast-growing veteran population. Patients bustled...

  • CASA has helped thousands of El Paso County children over its first 25 years

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    An infant, left bound and nearly dead in a shower spewing cold water, needed a legion of doctors and specialists to help her recover from that day's harrowing abuse. But it was a volunteer, a retired nurse in Manitou Springs, who sought to help ensure the girl's next home would be...

  • Greccio Housing takes on new Colorado Springs apartment complex

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Greccio Housing began managing the East Hills Apartments this week - a move pushing the nonprofit's housing stock above 500 units at a time when the city faces a massive shortage in affordable housing. The organization's management deal, which was signed Thursday, marks the latest in...

  • Reports raise uncertainty of marijuana effects on Colorado youth

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Two reports raised uncertainty this month over marijuana use among Colorado's youth - particularly since recreational sales began in January. Smart Colorado, an advocacy group, raised concerns Wednesday about marijuana use among Colorado's youth, citing a 2011-2012 federal report...

  • Experts: Robin Williams' suicide could 'trigger' others to do the same

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Inundated by graphic press accounts of acclaimed actor and comedian Robin Williams' apparent suicide, mental health experts fear the celebrity's death could cause a spike in suicides across in the nation among people on the brink of despair. Their message: Help is available....

  • Colorado launches statewide hotline for those facing mental health crisis

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    A Colorado-wide hotline available around the clock for people who are suicidal or facing a mental health crisis went public on Tuesday. The phone line, which can be reached at 844-493-8255, is the first such all-encompassing resource for people dealing with such things as severe...

  • Man mourns deaths of wife, son to crash at controversial Colorado Springs intersection

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    A mother and her 10-year-old son, a soon-to-be fifth grader at Stratmoor Hills Elementary School, were identified Saturday as victims of a crash that has raised concerns about the traffic lights at the intersection where they died. Kimberly Mears, 50, and her son Raley Mears were in...