Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

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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

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

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