Southwest Life

Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its anniversary

July 26, 1990, stands as a landmark day for civil rights in the United States. On that day, President George H.W. Bush (aka George I) signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. On that...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Others’ expectations stand in the way of people with disabilities

On Tuesday, the Durango community hosted a fun, informational, free event that you probably missed. For the past two years, San Juan Board of Cooperative Education Services has expanded its...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

People deserve to live independently, with integrity

Harry is an 85-year-old senior living alone in his home with neighbors checking in on him now and then. His children and grandchildren live out of state and express concerns about his ability to...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Organizations should aspire to use quality listening

There is a line from the comedy movie “Dumb and Dumber” where goofball Harry says, “She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her enough or something. I don’t know. I wasn’t really...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Host homes expand family beyond traditional bounds

“Family” is a far bigger word than it looks on the page. While the standard definition of family may refer to the people we are born with, marry or give birth to, I believe we all know that family...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Are you and your family prepared for an emergency?

Given the busy lives we lead, planning for an emergency may not be at the top of your to do list. However, given one of driest winters on record, fire managers are preparing for an intense fire...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Good work, Colorado, but we still have a long way to go

On March 21, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill that represents one more step forward in the efforts to recognize people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as equal and contributing...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Help stop violence by recognizing contributions of people with disabilities

On March 1, communities across the country held vigils to remember the lives of people with disabilities lost to filicide. In the past five years, more than 550 individuals with disabilities were...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Public health works to protect your water, air quality

In the Four Corners, we love our world-class mountains, deserts, forests and rivers. Most people worry about water and air quality in this context – are we protecting our rivers from the impacts of...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

It’s almost Valentine’s Day: Let’s talk about intimacy

Love it or loathe it, it’s coming: Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a whirlwind of romance, fancy dates, chocolates, flowers. Or it’s a sad reminder of the lack of intimacy in our lives. The...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Program strives to help La Plata County’s young people

San Juan Basin Public Health continually works to meet the community’s needs and therefore strives to be a flexible, responsive agency. What was once referred to as “Health Policy and Systems” at...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

When we learn to stand up, we can make this world better

Martin Luther King once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” To act or speak is to be a subject, while objects are those that are acted upon. In too...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community