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A 35-year-old Durango man, Delton Ben, was found dead near the water dock in Cortez’s City Park around 7 Thursday evening.


Mancos Food Share

The Mancos Food Share project is working to address hunger and food security by supporting healthy and local food access for those in need. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Gretchen Groenke from Mancos Food Share about hunger and food insecurity in our communities and how the project is hoping to address the problem.

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Three of the Four Corners states are receiving new funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat the Zika virus. Arizona was awarded $2.4 million, New Mexico $400,000, and Utah $200,000.

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Deaths of motorcyclists in Colorado hit a record high in 2015, but they are on pace to be even higher this year. The state Department of Transportation reports that  58 motorcyclists have died this year, up from 51 at the same time last year.

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Health officials are warning area residents to be careful handling rodents after a case of tularemia was confirmed in a rabbit in Montezuma County. Sometimes called “rabbit fever”, tularemia is a bacterial disease often found in beavers and small rodents as well as rabbits. It can be transmitted to humans by ticks, fleas, or deer flies, through cuts in the skin when handling infected animals, by drinking contaminated water, or by inhaling dust carrying the bacteria. Usually occurring in warmer months, it can be serious but is very treatable with antibiotics.

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The Centers for Disease Control is investigating the link between the Zika-related death of an elderly Utah resident in late June and a new case found in a member of the victim’s family. The CDC reports the deceased man, of Salt Lake County, had traveled to an area with Zika and had “uniquely high” amounts of the virus in his blood. However, the second person, who has completely recovered, did not travel to a Zika-infested area and reportedly did not have sex with anyone infected.

The Benefits of Meditation Practice

Jul 11, 2016
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Meditation is a practice that more and more evidence shows can have significant mental and physical health benefits. In this three-part series for Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Joanie Trussel, co-host of Pandora's Box, about what meditation is and is not, research into the health benefits of meditation, and some tips on how to start and maintain a regular meditation practice.

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Hantavirus is showing up in the Four Corners area again this spring, which can be dangerous for farmers and others who are cleaning out barns and out buildings. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Craig Manning from the Centers For Disease Control’s virology department about the signs and symptoms of a hantavirus infection, and ways to stay safe and prevent being infected.

Women In The Military: Changes and Challenges

Apr 29, 2016
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Veterans in the Four Corners area face challenges that many of us are not aware of. In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veteran's Affairs program, Tom Yoder talks with Dr. Sally Mead, a Readjustment Counseling Therapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, about some of the issues that women veterans are facing, and why getting access to mental health services continues to be a problem for many vets.

Planning Ahead for Healthcare Decisions

Apr 19, 2016
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National Healthcare Decisions Day is a time for all of us to consider the importance of planning our healthcare decisions in advance. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Michelle Cameron, Marketing Director at Hospice of Montezuma, about why it is critical for us to document our wishes about future healthcare decisions so that our families and loved ones don't have to make them for us.

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