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Enrollment in Colorado health exchange increased this year

Enrollment in the state health exchange is strong regionally and statewide, despite federal efforts in 2017 to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including the recent elimination of a tax penalty...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flu hospitalizations are high across Colorado

If you were sick over the holidays, you were not alone. Flu season is hitting hard in Colorado. Three to four times more people have been hospitalized than usual and the trend isn’t slowing down,...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Durango man to compete in Mongolian motorcycle challenge

Durangoan Tom Thompson, a longtime amateur motorcycle competitor, will represent the U.S. at an international challenge held by BMW in Mongolia this summer. Thompson, 55, will compete in the BMW...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Former state Sen. Ellen Roberts tapped for Fort Lewis College board

Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed former state Sen. Ellen Roberts to the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees. “As a community member, I’ve always valued what Fort Lewis gives to our community...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council commits to opening Lake Nighthorse on April 1

Durango City Council unanimously committed to opening Lake Nighthorse on April 1 and forming an advisory group to help guide the management of the area. “I for one really want to hear what a...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Not all boats may float on Lake Nighthorse

A citizen advisory group could help guide decisions about the type of craft allowed on Lake Nighthorse. After receiving a flood of emails, the Durango City Council discussed residents’ concerns and...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Southern Utes candidates compete in runoff election

Southern Ute Indian tribal members will select two new council members and a new tribal chairman on Friday during a runoff election. Shane Seibel and Christine Baker-Sage are competing for...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Child Health Plan Plus funding may expire; state advises looking at alternatives

As uncertainty around the funding for Child Health Plan Plus drags on, the state is advising pregnant women and parents of children enrolled in the public low-cost health insurance program to...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado aims to clean up trashy record on recycling

New goals could help clean up the state’s trashy record on waste. Colorado diverts only 12 percent of its waste from the landfill, far below the national average of 34 percent, according to a...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new way to track our mental health indicators

Mental Health Colorado, a statewide nonprofit, is making it easier to track depression, suicide, opioid overdoses and other regional mental health indicators. “Our goal is to equip individuals with...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fire Protection District seeks impact fees for additional funding

After a big victory on Election Day, when voters approved a property tax increase to help pay for Durango Fire Protection District operations, the agency is resuming a push to implement...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado identifies Montezuma, La Plata as priorities for suicide prevention

The state Office of Suicide Prevention has identified La Plata and Montezuma counties as priority areas for comprehensive prevention efforts. The counties will be part of a collaborative effort...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News