Noah Hotchkiss disables skier and receiver of Dreamstrater grant

Building from tragedy

Published in the Durango Herald March 19, 2015 A 16-year-old Durango teennager, confined to a wheelchair as the result of an automobile accident in 2009, received a $10,000 grant to develop a project to bring more Native Americans with disabilities into sports. Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss is one of 10 young Native Americans to receive a grant from Running Strong…

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Helping enrich the lives of disabled athletes

Published in BP’s US Lower 48 Onshore News March 13, 2015  Ask Production Technologist David Smith for a highlight of his job with US Lower 48 Onshore and he’ll tell you that it’s his efforts through the Durango Operations Center Local Contributions Committee, which recommends BP grants and coordinates volunteer activities with non-profit organizations in southwest Colorado. His involvement…

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Durango 9-R school district skiing with Adaptive Sports Association

Freedom on the slopes

Published in the Durango Herald February 17, 2015 The occasion was the sixth and last snow outing of the season for them at Durango Mountain Resort. “It’s amazing,” said Olga Snowberger, a special-education paraprofessional at Riverview Elementary School, who accompanied the students. “Some of them are barely able to communicate their needs, but they’re able to do what any other…

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Payroll Gleanings

Published in Payroll Gleanings February 2015 New to Durango, Tim Kroes needed a way to establish fresh friendships. The solution he found seemed ideal: it provided friends in spades plus cheap ski passes. But before he realized it, Tim was addicted. He was on a slippery slope with no desire to escape. In the early 1990s, Tim started as a…

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Durango chamber lists awards finalists

Published in the Durango Herald on January 6, 2015 The Durango Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its annual awards ceremony. The awards will be bestowed Jan. 22 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The nominated finalists are: Citizen of the Year: Susan Lander, Steve Parker and Sidny Zink. Business of the Year: Coldwell Banker, Durango…

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So, just how generous is Colorado?

Published in Durango Herald December 3, 2014 On Tuesday, which will be the fifth annual Colorado Gives Day, nine local nonprofits will discover just how generous our state is. United Way of Southwest Colorado, Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Music in the Mountains, Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County, Durango Adaptive…

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Boosters support winter sports teams

Published in the Durango Herald on November 18, 2014 It was a gathering of Purgatory oldtimers, longtime Durango Adaptive Sports Association supporters and the parents and friends of the 200 young people participating in nordic, alpine and freestyle skiing programs. Funds raised will provide coaching and training funding along with scholarships to help kids from all income levels participate in…

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Several locals receive top ski honors

Published in the Durango Herald on November 11, 2014 If there’s a will, there’s a way. Three former Durango-area residents will be inducted into the Durango Winter Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Saturday’s event is called Alpineglow, an annual evening of dinner, dancing, fundraising and celebrating. The foundation was created nine years ago to support local kids in winter sports…

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Being in the minority is an eye-opener

Published in the Durango Herald October 28, 2014 …Sometimes I feel for nonprofits – they work for months planning fundraisers, they cajole, wheedle and persuade businesses and individuals to donate some cool items for silent and live auctions, they push everyone to sell tickets and then … all that effort, and they end up with a group of attendees who…

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FASTSIGNS of Durango donates vehicle graphics

Published in the FASTSIGNS Blog August 19, 2014 The Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) in Durango, Colorado works with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment, and is celebrating 30 years of inspiring individuals with special needs through participation in outdoor sports and activities such as skiing, rafting, canoeing and camping. FASTSIGNS® of Durango donated vehicle graphics…

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