Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Invisible population: Hidden homeless camps are scattered throughout Pikes Peak region

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    Outreach workers visiting a cave along west Fountain Creek last week could hardly breathe without sucking in bugs and dust that clotted the air. A towel, discarded clothes and bedding lay about 75 feet inside. This used to be someone's home. Five years into a Colorado Springs-wide...

  • Organizers expand El Paso County's annual homeless survey

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    This year's Point-In-Time homeless survey may be El Paso County's most comprehensive. Organizers of the annual survey, led by the Pikes Peak United Way, say that they expanded the reach of this year's effort to get a more accurate picture of how many homeless people live in El Paso...

  • Worst flu season in at least a decade may have peaked

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The most virulent flu season in years appears to be losing steam. Flu-related hospitalizations in El Paso County dipped below five last week, adding credence to suspicions that the worst flu season in at least 10 years may have hit its peak. As of Saturday, 249 people have been...

  • Survey looks at homeless people and their needs in the Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Trudging through a muddy field, Andrew Phelps and a cadre of outreach workers approached a trash-strewn camp where it appeared that two people were living in a tent. They came bearing socks, candy and a simple request: Can we count you? About 100 people fanned out across El Paso...

  • El Paso County DHS to require drug testing, and more for some clients to continue benefits

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    El Paso County welfare recipients suspected of abusing drugs or alcohol soon will be required to enter and comply with a substance abuse treatment plan to keep benefits. Beginning Monday, people in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also known as Colorado Works,...

  • Colorado Springs Senior Center again needs new operator

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Colorado Springs officials are again looking for someone to operate the Colorado Springs Senior Center, four years after nearly closing it. The search, which remains in its infancy, comes after the Colorado Springs Housing Authority told city officials it can't operate the center for...

  • USGS: Earthquake near Fountain 'wasn't real'

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-3.0 earthquake reported early Monday near Fountain didn't actually happen. "It turns out that wasn't real," said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden. He said the earthquake report was...

  • Refusing measles vaccine could put others at risk

    Updated: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    One in five toddlers across El Paso County went without the measles vaccine in the first half of 2014. Statewide immunization rates haven't been much better. That, public health officials say, is a problem. After tracking down hundreds of El Paso County residents recently exposed...

  • Empty no more: Gazette/El Pomar fund tops $1 million goal

    Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Call it a stocking well-filled. For the eighth straight year, The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund topped its goal of $1 million in donations and matching funds - reaching a highly sought goal while also eclipsing last season's haul. As of Friday morning, the...

  • Fine print in Affordable Care Act could leave some without insurance

    Updated: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    At the start of the new year, a major component of the Affordable Care Act kicked in with all the fanfare of a sparkler. The reason: Most businesses now required to offer health insurance - those with at least 100 employees - already do so. But the new health insurance mandate for...

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