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Special series: Solutions to youth suicide in La Plata County

Position: 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

Crisis Intervention Team training makes a difference

Law-enforcement officers often are first responders in a behavioral-health crisis situation.They respond to calls where a person may be experiencing a loss of control of symptoms of a mental...

DATE: May 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Collaborative, local decisions important during flu outbreak

The public keeps hearing from health officials that the H1N1 flu (swine flu) in the U.S. is acting much like the seasonal flu. So why, many might ask, are schools closing? Unlike seasonal flu,...

DATE: May 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Volunteers help United Way

United Way of Southwest Colorado recently announced $734,000 was donated during its 2008 fundraising drive and that this money would be invested in local nonprofit organizations. At United Way of...

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Help any, all you can this month

"It was really hard getting back into the dating scene after my partner died," said Helen tearfully, as she begins her story."I met Frank at my church and he seemed like a really nice man. I was...

DATE: April 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Golfing fundraiser to support children with special needs

At long last, the sun is shining through the clouds, the robins are building their nests and little buds are peeking out from the bare earth. Old Man Winter is in retreat. We all know what that...

DATE: April 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Building a healthy America requires effort by everyone

When you think of healthy, what do you think of? Six-pack abs? Maintaining a good weight? Proper nutrition? Ability to enjoy physical activities such as riding up a mountain? Some of you also may...

DATE: April 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Wine event to benefit United Way

The third annual Durango Wine Experience will be held April 30-May 2 in various locations in and around Durango. This year's nonprofit beneficiary is United Way of Southwest Colorado.Created by...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Teen depression is a treatable disease

Sarah felt like the world was crashing in on her and there was nowhere to turn. She had been studying for hours, yet she couldn't remember a thing she had read. Hopelessness washed over her in...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Opportunities abound to help individuals with disabilities

The only thing better than having a fabulous hobby is sharing that hobby with others.Members of San Juan Sledders have discovered the sheer joy of sharing their winter activities with a group of...

DATE: March 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Times always continue to change

Over the last 50 years, many childhood diseases have become almost nonexistent because of routine immunizations. Times change.Children today don't miss as much school because of disease, and...

DATE: March 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

LPEA Round Up Foundation is making profound difference

Nonprofit organizations are seeing increased demand, yet declining funding. Our caring community wants to help, but every family and business has to tighten the belts. What can be done to address...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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