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  • Una Wirkebau

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Communication (n) / kəˌmyo͞onəˈkāSH(ə)n

1) The imparting or exchanging of information or news

2) Means of sending or receiving information, such as phone lines or computers


How do rural communities “talk” to each other during the high-tech world of the 21st century, of which we all live? Many still use the front stoop to chat with neighbors and those wandering by; others choose the local coffee shop to engage with other like-minded souls for hours on end. There are options like church on Sunday or ball games during the week, certainly a local paper, such as the Tribune, contributes to conveying information about the region, in a succinct and regular schedule.


The afore mentioned options work as well today, as they did 50 years ago, and I assume will continue to be a valuable source of engagement for many decades to come. Globally, we are now also able to connect via the world wide web, with a variety of social media channels in addition to smart devices which let us not only make calls but send messages faster than you can say “iphone”.


For us here in Northeastern Arizona, we have yet another option = Good Morning Winslow. Held the first Wednesday of every month. This is a free event where everyone is welcome, not just those who reside within the city limits, but from anywhere. Each month brings a new speaker, and ANYone can take a moment to make announcements or ask questions. It is a great place to feel the pulse of the community, to learn about events and happenings, as well as make personal connections to those whom you would like to meet or have never had a chance to be introduced. Coffee and light refreshments are always served. Beginning at 7 am and ending promptly by 8, at the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, located directly on Route 66. June 1st brings the Navajo County Health Department, sure to be a superb presentation and update on county wide initiatives. We hope to see you there!


- Una,

UWirkebau@WinslowAZ.gov

  • Una Wirkebau

#WhyNotWinslow


Some of the first things which come to mind, when thinking of summer, for me anyway….fresh cut grass, the buzzing of bees, children laughing, the warmth of early morning sun. May tends to bring many of these thoughts, even in the high desert. Trees are blooming, days are longer, people are lingering rather than hurriedly rushing inside.


Farmer’s Markets are another superb indicator of celebrating this upcoming equinox. The Mother Road Farmer’s Market takes place from 9 to Noon on Saturdays at the gazebo, located just a block South of our infamous Standin’ on the Corner Park. Beginning last week and extending through to the end of September, you will find, fresh grown greens, flowering plants, tasty nut brittles, jams & jellies, locally produced honey, handmade jewelry, custom creations, and more. A delightful way to begin your weekend, perfect for the whole family.


Just this week, we completed a USDA grant, which, if awarded, will fund the hiring of a Farmer’s Market Coordinator for the next 3 years. Monies from this grant will also help expand the market to a larger space, provide funding to create permanent stalls and promote our market to a larger population. Dollars from this grant will also help support educational tools to increase our ability to produce more food locally, so that we have even more farmers represented. Agriculture is a large part of our regional culture and history, let’s get back to our roots (pun intended!) to produce a larger quantity of locally grown vegetables, grains, fruit, flowers and more.


There are several exciting changes happening in and around Winslow, this is certainly one of them. Who knows, perhaps next year, we could have two markets during the week and could support numerous entrepreneurs in their quest to grow their dreams. The Sweetland Community Garden in Winslow is also a great first step, and open to anyone interested in learning more about the food and flowers we can grow locally. Be sure to stay tuned to @WhyNotWinslow for posts on upcoming seminars.

  • Una Wirkebau

Updated: May 25

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Did you know, there is an available job’s page, on www.WhyNotWinslow.com ? I encourage any employers to email me with criteria and open positions, to either post as a link or a stand-alone announcement. Enticing individuals to stay in our community to work, to upskill our local labor force and to provide any educational requirements is of utmost value to expanding our economic footprint in the region. It is an employee’s market, and we need to do whatever it takes to keep them trained, excited to come to work, and paid a living wage.


Entrepreneurs are also our rural community’s backbone; these small and micro business establishments are not only worthy of our support but provide huge impacts to our local tax base which drive much needed services to our towns. As you may know, we had an event a few weeks back, called Moonshot. The winner of this event, Ralph Milholland, has a business called Mobile Recycling. Ralph may be a new business owner, but he is already looking for employees, with new locations signing up daily for his recycling services.


If you have exceptional customer service skills, can learn recording techniques as well as using your hands to break down appliances and use hand tools; if you can add and subtract easily without a register and enjoy the freedom of not being tied to a desk – this job may be for YOU. Earn between $60 - $100 per day based on performance and get a percentage of everything you do. Once trained you can potentially run the recycling yard and earn higher profits. Mobile Recycling is also looking for someone to build a pickup route by networking within the region and setting up container points. This will pay $60 per pound for cans and $20 for bottles, working in all areas like Joseph City, Holbrook, Happy Jack and more. You are not paid in getting new customers, but by the actual recycling material you pick up. These are wonderful opportunities. If you are interested, contact Ralph at mobilerecyclingwinslow@gmail.com .


There are numerous employment options in the region, locations like La Posada, Graceland Portable Sheds, our local Prison, the School District, City of Winslow and more. Some are 9 to 5, others are more flexible. A very exciting time for sure, for employees of all ages and skill levels.


- Una,

UWirkebau@WinslowAZ.gov