Position: Creating Community

Community preparing for H1N1

While many of you were enjoying carefree days of summer, San Juan Basin Health Department was continuing to prepare for H1N1 (swine flu) in coordination with national, state and local partners.This...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way helps get ready for school

Remember how you felt the first day of school? Would your teachers be nice? Would you make new friends?For some children today, the questions are different. Will they have a chance for a quality...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Communities help define who we are

A hundred years ago our ancestors defined their community by place, where the commonality people shared was based on their geographic location.Community was based on where you lived and who your...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local family finds hope for treating daughter's autism

When Angie and Greg Dinger learned their daughter, Alyssa, had autism, they were told: There is no cure for autism."Your heart jumps out of your body when you hear those words," Angie Dinger...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way campaign taking off

United Way of Southwest Colorado is busy raising money for the best human-services programs in our community.As noted in last month's column, our campaign goal for this fall and winter is $755,000....

DATE: July 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disaster prep starts in neighborhoods

A neighborhood can be defined as an area determined by natural terrain, social or cultural enclaves or any other way its residents consider themselves a "group." In Southwest Colorado, a...

DATE: July 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Host homes provide support, compassion

When my friend Kristy moved in with Community Connections host-home provider Rita Seay six years ago, neither of them could have expected what a life changing event it would be.Kristy was born at a...

DATE: July 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Don't take chances with rabies, seek a professional assessment

A man picks up a bat from the middle of the street and throws it to safety in the bushes, but not before getting bitten. However, the skin isn't broken. What should he do?A mother and daughter...

DATE: July 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way staying busy helping our community

I just arrived in San Antonio to see family for my summer vacation. The drive was uneventful, but long. On the 1,000-mile journey, I had time to reflect on everything United Way has accomplished...

DATE: June 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Plan ahead to avoid burnout before vacation

Summer is here. Snow on the passes, weird afternoon "Junesoons" and thoughts of vacation dance in many people's heads. Whether you are planning a camping trip close to home or a road trip to see...

DATE: June 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community Connections mission remains consistent

When I first began working at Community Connections Inc., in 2001, I found myself in some confusing conversations with community members before realizing many residents mistook Community...

DATE: June 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Nurturing Parents program benefits all

It's the toughest job anyone can do, according to Oprah. And she hasn't actually ever done it. Being a parent - whether toughest or best job you ever had, very few of us parents have had any...

DATE: June 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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