Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

  • Why is Pikes Peak a giant lightning rod? Blame Denver

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    America's mountain appears to be one of Colorado's biggest lightning rods. A 20-year composite map of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes across the state shows some of the highest concentrations across the Pikes Peak region, according to a National Weather Service analysis using data...

  • Dog, rabbit infected with tularemia in El Paso County

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    A dog was infected and at least one rabbit died recently in Yoder of tularemia - a bacterial infection known as "rabbit fever" that has spiked in recent years across Colorado. The dog is being treated with antibiotics. People who were in contact with it will be assessed and monitored...

  • Contract details Senior Center agreement between Colorado Springs, YMCA

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Colorado Springs will bear the financial risk of any budget shortfalls at the Colorado Springs Senior Center when a new operator takes over this summer, documents show. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region's contract to run the Colorado Springs Senior Center largely insulates the...

  • Colorado Springs man: Experimental stem-cell procedure worth the cost

    Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Burdened with a severely bum knee, Sandy Francis needed help - preferably without surgeons cutting through his knee bones, grinding them down and gluing on a new joint. He opted for liposuction and a shot. The unusual treatment - an injection of stem cells culled from fat in his...

  • New Colorado Springs center to help homeless veterans opens its doors

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A new resource center is available for veterans trying to work their way out of homelessness. Rocky Mountain Human Services has opened its Veteran Housing Resource Center, 320 E. Fontanero St., to offer veterans a one-stop shop for resources to find housing. The nonprofit aims to...

  • YMCA to manage Colorado Springs Senior Center beginning in September

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    All leadership staff of the Colorado Springs Senior Center will remain there when the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region begins running the facility. The agreement between the YMCA and Colorado Springs was announced Friday, and will take effect Sept. 1, according to a news release....

  • Supreme Court ruling provides certainty, safety net for Colorado health exchange, analysts say

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Supreme Court's ruling on health insurance subsidies in dozens of other states ensured two things for Colorado: Certainty and a safety net, health policy analysts said. The biggest impact of Thursday's decision should be that it will allow the state to continue several...

  • Colorado motorcyclist who died on Pikes Peak 'lived on the edge'

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    A seasoned motorcycle racer from Centennial plunged to his death while practicing for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, casting a pall over the annual race for a second straight year. Carl Sorensen, a 39-year-old father of one, went off a cliff during Thursday...

  • Colorado Springs nonprofit releases report focused on aging well

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Twenty-five years from now, the number of people ages 65 and older in El Paso, Teller and Park counties will have increased by 160 percent. Those ages 85 and older will have jumped by 337 percent. But ensuring they age well will take people of all ages. The Innovations in Aging...

  • Report details struggles faced by Colorado Springs residents with disabilities

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The Pikes Peak region lacks sufficient affordable housing near transit routes and needs more options for people with physical disabilities, according to preliminary results of a study by The Independence Center. The issues ranked among a complex web of concerns raised by the...

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