Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Finalized public health insurance option promises savings; methods murky

The state’s finalized proposal for a new public health insurance option expected to lower insurance costs was released last week but leaves some questions unanswered about how it will function. The...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Gov. Jared Polis targets soaring costs of higher education

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis rolled out a plan Tuesday to combat the high cost of college tuition across the state, and in doing so, highlighted Fort Lewis College’s work to help students financially....

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County voter turnout low ahead of Election Day

In the final hours before Election Day, some La Plata County campaigns are sprinting to turn out the vote and others are counting on a culmination of their efforts to pay off. La Plata County...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

La Plata County sees fewer deaths by suicide

The number of deaths by suicide in La Plata County has fallen in recent years, giving hope that preventive efforts are working. This year, eight residents have died by suicide in La Plata County,...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Alcohol is ‘No. 1 drug of choice’ in Durango, according to Mercy hospital

Alcohol abuse was responsible for more than 1,000 visits to the emergency room at Mercy Regional Medical Center in fiscal year 2018, helping to make it a top concern for the hospital. Alcohol is...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Report: Former La Plata County priests among those guilty of abuse

Two Catholic priests who worked in Durango and Ignacio had histories of sexual abuse involving young boys that ran deeper than previously publicly known, according to a report released Wednesday...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Public insurance option could lower costs for Connect for Health customers

The state of Colorado proposed an insurance option this week that could offer relief to residents paying some of the highest insurance premiums. The new public insurance option could lower premium...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Summit County cooperative agrees to help Southwest Colorado group lower insurance costs

A Summit County cooperative that successfully negotiated lower health care insurance costs for workers and employers is going to help a similar group do the same for Southwest Colorado. The...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

No-interest loans aim to develop agricultural economy

A new regional nonprofit, Four Corners Slow Money, wants to help develop the regional agricultural economy by providing small-scale farmers and food-focused entrepreneurs with no-interest loans. ...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Developers launch social media app meant to protect kids

The fun and convenience of social media apps such as Snapchat and Instagram can be tainted with risk of addiction and explicit content, which is why two Durango developers launched a new social...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Should Durango residents share in sacrifice during next drought?

When the Animas River reached record lows during last summer’s drought, Durango residents were allowed to water their lawns every day. That may change during the next major drought. A drought...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

Fort Lewis College launching water resource center

Balancing demands on limited water supply is likely to be a persistent problem for the Four Corners as the climate changes and the population grows. The new Four Corners Water Resource Center at...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: News

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