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Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Colorado bill would start grants for suicide prevention in schools

More suicide prevention funding could be available to school districts across the state if a bill pending in the Colorado Senate is approved. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, Sen. Don...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County installs public art at fairgrounds

Prancing and rearing steel horses were installed Monday at the entrance to the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Two donors gifted the public art pieces, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said. ...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Cataract surgery evolves to make vision even sharper

A new tool at Four Corners Eye Clinic ensures that surgeons can more precisely replace lenses in the eyes of cataract patients. The clinic’s intraoperative aberrometer, or ORA, allows doctors to...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Successful fundraiser to house homeless woman inspires campaign

Durango photographer Kyla Jenkinson raised enough money in three days on GoFundMe to house her homeless friend for three months. She launched the online campaign the day before Christmas Eve –...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High students aim to end teen isolation

Bullying and feelings of isolation can follow teenagers home from school through social media and students across La Plata County want that to end. “Some kids experience (post-traumatic stress...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit, backed by funding, looks to reduce DUIs

As the number of people who died in crashes caused by alcohol or drugs rises statewide, a coalition in La Plata County is forming to encourage responsible driving. In 2016, 191 people in Colorado...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

La Plata Electric Association has long touted its support for green energy, but now it’s close to reaching a cap on the local renewable power it can support. The co-op serves more than 30,000...

DATE: April 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Child poverty persists in SW Colorado despite low unemployment

Poverty is proving to be a persistent problem for families and children across the region, even though unemployment is low. Recently released Colorado Kids Count data show that 11.7 percent of...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What you need to know about Lake Nighthorse opening

Lake Nighthorse opens for recreation Sunday. It is a moment decades in the making. First approved by Congress in 1968 to fulfill a water rights settlement with Native American tribes, it was scaled...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma, La Plata counties rank high for two STDs

Montezuma and La Plata counties rank in the top 20 among Colorado counties for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Montezuma County had the second highest rate of chlamydia and the third highest rate for...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amid shortage, health education centers work to recruit rural doctors

As the nation faces a looming shortage of doctors, rural areas such as Southwest Colorado, could be particularly susceptible. A local organization and similar groups across the state are working to...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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