Posted inColoradans, Health, News

The number of babies born with syphilis is accelerating in Colorado and nationwide

The number of Colorado babies born with syphilis is rising, and health officials are blaming riskier sexual behaviors related to the opioid crisis and social-dating apps including Tinder. The numbers are still small — five newborns so far this year — but they have increased quickly enough to sound an alarm among public health officials. […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, News

Coloradans produced a record 9.3 million tons of trash last year. Only 12 percent of it was recycled.

A new report released Wednesday from Colorado environmental organizations has bad news for Mother Earth: The state’s recycling rate hasn’t improved and the amount of trash produced by Coloradans hit a record of 9.3 million tons in 2017. “We set the wrong record,” said Danny Katz, State Director of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, Health, News, Outdoors

The Front Range fails to meet federal standards for healthy air quality. Again.

Air quality in Denver and the northern Front Range worsened over the summer and the region missed an extended deadline to meet federal health standards, according to monitoring results by the state’s Air Pollution Control Division. That’s bad news for Coloradans suffering from asthma and lung diseases, or young children whose lungs are still developing. […]

Posted inEducation, Health, News

“He seemed to have it all”: Arapahoe High School senior’s suicide rattles emotionally fatigued, frightened community

Nick Bales was a kid with enough swagger to pull off a blue velvet blazer for his senior photos, a guy who started his own line of hoodies and artistic T-shirts as a high school sophomore. He had gobs of friends, played hockey and lacrosse for Arapahoe High School, and, for the first time in […]

Posted inHealth, News

One in three Colorado suicide deaths followed binge drinking, study finds

A first-of-its kind study by the state health department confirmed a strong link between suicide and alcohol in Colorado, a finding that could lead to new prevention efforts. Kacy Crawford, an alcohol epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s mental health division, studied the toxicology reports for people who died by suicide from […]

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Here’s how to get involved with suicide prevention, or find help

“We Are Stronger,” a community event organized by Littleton Public Schools to learn about the suicide-prevention program, Sources of Strength, Oct. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., South Fellowship Church. SafeTALK, training about how to talk to people about thoughts of suicide and connect them to professional support, Oct. 26, 8-11 a.m., must pre-register with Littleton Public Schools. […]

Posted inEnvironment, Opinion, Opinion Columns

EPA regional chief Doug Benevento: Trust-but-verify technique proves Rocky Flats is ready for the public

Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month opened to hundreds of visitors who came to enjoy the spectacular scenery, wildlife, and recreational opportunities the site offers. The transformation of this property is a marvel and an achievement to be celebrated. The refuge is located on lands that once surrounded the Rocky Flats industrial plant, […]