BC-CO--Colorado Member Exchange Digest, CO
This week’s Colorado AP Member Exchange package. Please refer to national wire digests for other enterprise.
COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Most people who walk in the door of a small, brick building labeled “24/7 Crisis Center” are depressed, suicidal, or experiencing audio or visual hallucinations. Others are young adults going through the first breakup of their lives, feeling so distraught they want to talk to a therapist. Every crisis is “self-defined,” and Colorado’s 12 walk-in centers have had almost 68,000 visits since they opened four years ago. By Jennifer Brown.
It’s rather odd to find Jesse Jakomait this way — in a hoodie and jeans, walking. Walking. Just walking the mostly flat trails of Ute Valley Park after work. The sun is still up, so shouldn’t Jakomait be up in the mountains on his bike, grinding uphill and shredding down to his heart’s desire? Isn’t this his evening custom, as well as his morning ritual?
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — His name was Champ, but he was no champion. Severely underweight and riddled with ulcers, the brown horse had been rescued from a Northern Colorado feedlot when Kassidy Webber first met him in 2014. By Erin Udell.
STRANDED IN HOSPITALS
DENVER — Within the bustle and organized chaos of Denver’s massive airport, an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease named Jerry Ellingsen was found wandering alone after traveling with his small dog from Fort Myers, Florida. Jerry didn’t know where he was or why he was in Denver. By Jeremy Jojola.