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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.

The empty field beyond the Venetucci Ranch sign will remain empty as the decision has been made not to plant a pumpkin crop this year...by Kevin Kreck
The empty field beyond the Venetucci Ranch sign will remain empty as the decision has been made not to plant a pumpkin crop this year...by Kevin Kreck
Volunteers, left to right, Rosemary Calderaro, Michelle Betsayda and Jennifer Allen with Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado helped give away bottled water Friday, July 1, 216, at St. Dominic Catholic Church. The food bank is giving away the water after chemical know as perflourinated compounds were found in Security, Widefield and Fountain water supplies at levels the EPA considers unsafe. The giveaway will be held each Friday in July from 10am-noon. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - JUNE 8: A water tower overlooks the community of Security in the foreground of Pike's Peak on June 8, 2016. A invisible toxic chemical has been discovered in the drinking water that affects 70,000 people in the communities south of Colorado Springs. (Photo by Michael Reaves/The Denver Post)
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Volunteers Elder Hunter and Elder Lowe load water into the back of a truck at St. Dominic Church on Friday, July 8, 2016. Photo by Ryan Jones, The Gazette.
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Volunteers distribute water at St. Dominic Church on Friday, July 8, 2016. Photo by Ryan Jones, The Gazette.
People pack the hallway and floors of the high school theater Thursday, July 7, 2016, during a community meeting at Mesa Ridge High School to discuss the toxic chemicals in the Widefield aquifer called PFCs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)