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County Wins National Award for Public Information

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners honored Community Information Manager Deni La Rue for a Meritorious Award given by the National Association of County Information Officers, NACIO, in their Awards of Excellence 2005 competition. The NACIO award was given for 'Community at Work', a one-half hour public affairs radio show aired on local community radio station KRFC, 88.9fm on Thursday evenings at 7pm.

"Community at Work is a team effort that spotlights the issues that affect our communities by providing a closer look at the public agencies that serve citizens", says La Rue. By team effort La Rue is referring to the three other partners who each take one of the weekly Thursday evening broadcasts. La Rue has the first Thursday of the month. Richard Cox and Karin Meyer of the Health District for Northern Larimer County host the second Thursday. The third Thursday is hosted by John Bustos of the U.S. Forest Service, Arapahoe & Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands, and the month is wrapped up with Melissa Moran for the City of Fort Collins. The group splits up any 5th Thursdays.

Each entity interviews people within their organization about their programs. Recent county shows have featured West Nile Virus, volunteering in county Parks and Open Lands, 'Just dial 211' for Answers on Aging, 4-H, The Ranch, the budget process, and more. La Rue opens the phone lines and often gets a call or two during the half-hour program. The first show aired in March of 2004. Producing the weekly show means the hosts of the four entities have to keep up with training at KRFC, attending 'on-air programmer' meetings, and keeping abreast of changing regulations. "It is a lot of fun", says La Rue, "And it helps me introduce more citizens to Larimer County programs." La Rue had a long career in radio before joining the Larimer County workforce.

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