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A 52-year-old woman died in Cortez’s City Park on Friday.


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The City of Cortez has been honored as a healthy community.


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In this episode, an anonymous questioner asks the EngiNerd about the fascinating history and molecular qualities of soap, and special guest The Kitchen Witch joins in to explain how she makes homemade soap.

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Colorado has the fourth-highest number of reported cases of West Nile virus in the country this year, and Larimer County in northern Colorado leads the state with 28 of those.


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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.

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