Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Animas High School students learn about suicide prevention

Animas High School students educated community members Monday about the importance of relationships in suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health. “Nobody is exempted from the right to...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cost of living outpaces a rising minimum wage

Minimum wage has been rising in Colorado since 2017, but the increases have not kept pace with the cost of living in La Plata County. The state minimum wage was $8.31 in 2016, and it is scheduled...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High students promote mental health

Animas High School seniors will unveil their efforts to promote mental health and suicide prevention Monday at a Community of Resilience event. The students developed the event, as well as a film,...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health exchange sees healthy interest, but residents call for reform

Southwest Colorado residents and state lawmakers want to see health insurance reform, even as an increased number of Coloradans signed up this year for the state health care exchange. In western...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Escaping the sugar trap

A love affair with sugar may not be tearing you apart, but it could be taking your energy levels for a roller-coaster ride. In pursuit of a higher energy level, Brittany Baez, 34, said she gave up...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Close to $1 million in city fees could bolster affordable housing

The city of Durango expects to generate close to $1 million in the next few years from fair-share housing fees, a windfall that could help the city achieve affordable housing goals. Fair-share...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Mercy Regional Medical Center eliminates management positions

Mercy Regional Medical Center is one of several hospitals in the Centura Health network to eliminate positions in recent months. Mercy eliminated less than half of 1 percent of its more than 1,300...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Doctors plan medical outreach to advise homeless residents

Susan Ristow, a retired doctor, was waiting for a medical appointment two years ago when she noticed a woman in pain having trouble filling out paperwork in the lobby of a health care center....

DATE: Jan. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Support groups reach out to youths after two suicides

The recent suicides of two middle school students over the weekend have spurred conversation in Montezuma-Cortez schools and in the larger community about suicide prevention and youth mental...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey: Teens in Southwest Colorado struggle with prolonged sadness

About a third of teenagers across Colorado are experiencing prolonged feelings of sadness or hopelessness, according to state data. The 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey found 31.2 percent of...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County ranks high for sexually transmitted disease

Sexually transmitted diseases have reached record levels for the fourth consecutive year in Colorado, and Southwest Colorado is not immune to the trend. Montezuma and La Plata counties ranked high...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Addiction clinic opens on Florida Road

Front Range Clinic, an addiction clinic with 14 locations on the Front Range, has opened a 15th location – this one in Durango. It, too, is called Front Range Clinic . The center opened last week...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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