Markian Hawryluk

Markian Hawryluk

Despite a ‘right-to-repair’ law, there’s no easy fix for wheelchair users

By: - October 8, 2023

Robin Bolduc isn’t the type of person who takes “no” for an answer — particularly when it comes to fixing her husband’s wheelchair. Her husband, Bruce Goguen, 69, is paralyzed from multiple sclerosis. And without his chair, he would be stuck in bed, at risk of developing pneumonia or pressure sores that could lead to […]

Pain, hope and science collide as athletes turn to magic mushrooms

By: and - May 13, 2023

WAKEFIELD, Jamaica — The boxer felt broken. Every day, he was waking up in pain. Some days, it was debilitating headaches. Other times, it was his back. Or his fists. His ribs. His nose. On top of that, he had mood swings. Depression. Anxiety. Mike Lee didn’t regret his career. He had been one of […]

Patients blindsided by hospital fees are looking for states to step in

By: - April 8, 2023

When Brittany Tesso’s then-3-year-old son, Roman, needed an evaluation for speech therapy in 2021, his pediatrician referred him to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. With in-person visits on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tessos met with a panel of specialists via video chat. The specialists, some of whom appeared to be calling from […]

Colorado considers changing its ‘red-flag’ law after nightclub shooting

By: - January 28, 2023

A Nov. 19 shooting that killed five people and wounded 19 at a Colorado Springs nightclub has officials considering changes to strengthen Colorado’s red flag law, particularly in self-declared “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” where emergency petitions to remove a person’s guns are filed less frequently and usually denied. The three-year-old state law allows law enforcement officials […]

Sheriffs who denounced red-flag laws are now using them

By: - July 4, 2022

Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson never expected to use Colorado’s red flag law when it was passed in 2019. He thought the law made it too easy to take a person’s guns away. The statute allows law enforcement officers or private citizens to petition a county court to confiscate firearms temporarily from people who pose […]

To be one-in-a-million: ‘Who thinks it’s going to be you?’

By: - March 7, 2022

BEND, Ore. — Monica Melkonian wanted the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. It was only one shot and then she would be protected against the virus. So she was thrilled when the vaccination clinic at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center on April 7 had her first choice. But on April 13, Melkonian started […]

What COVID means for an athlete’s heart

By: - May 13, 2021

For sports fans across the country, the resumption of the regular sports calendar has signaled another step toward post-pandemic normality. But for the athletes participating in professional, collegiate, high school or even recreational sports, significant unanswered questions remain about the aftereffects of a covid infection. Chief among those is whether the coronavirus can damage their […]