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Using The RACHC Blog

Our blog is starting to be read by people all over Northern New Mexico, including members of our Governmental Agencies, as well as other States over the East and West.

Lauren’s warm storytelling and incisive writing brings new perception and hope to what is possible for Rio Arriba County. Help us integrate all of the available Community Health Services and projects by putting your comments on the Blog. If you are a member of the RA Food Council or RA Health Council, Ask Lauren to become a member of our highly effective Expanola Valley Community Forum!

Using the Blog is easy! Just fill out your name and email (which is required but kept completely private) and make your comment. The Administrator will approve the comment and it will appear, available for everyone to read. An announcement and instructions for using the Forum will be posted shortly. Stay Tuned.

Using The RACHC Forum

The RACHC.Org Forums are hosted for you by the Greater Española Valley Community Development Corporation.

First register by clicking on the Forum link in this menu. Or go to Enter a username and password. We prefer Usernames capitalizing your First and Last name, in a single word. For example, BarackObama.

As soon as you are approved by the Administator you will be assigned membership in various groups, most likely by Lauren. The first thing to do is go to the Tech Support section at the top and read the simple actions and HowTo’s, starting from the “README FIRST” post.

Modifying Your Existing Website Account

1) First Log in with the User Name and Password assigned to you.

2) The RACHC.ORG program automatically opens with the master My Account menu. Note, at any time during any operation, you can always Click on My Account from the Horizontal Menu or the left side Main Navigation Menu. You will be brought to right here.

3) In the master My Account section you will see statistics of how many people have viewed or searched your web page. You can look at your list of Favorites and return to them directly. Or send an internal message to someone on the site — or look at the messages someone who has viewed your pages may have sent you. You may also send or receive private messages to and from other organizations.

4) Click on Modify Account to change password and any other user information.

5) Click on Modify Webspace and you have a choice of changes and additions to both Text and Adding/deleting of Images.

6) Modify Webspace (TEXT) : Each web page has 100 characters for a Title, 500 characters for a short description, and 5000 characters for the body of text you prefer. Most HTML tags as accepted as well. You can also put in links to documents downloadable from your website. When you are done entering your TEXT you must click on the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page — or else your entry will not be saved.

if you do not have a website, notify the Webmaster to arrange a space for you on the RACHC server. As an example, look at the Walking Trails Guide. All the images are from the original PDF file. The web-link at the bottom of the page opens the full doc online or allows visitor to download the original file.

Also note one can link in Google Maps calendars of events, for example, as does La Puerta School. If you do not have your own website the RACHC.ORG is here to be used as your very own website. See the Community Diabetes Initiative as an example.

7) Modify Webspace (IMAGES): ADDING / MODIFYING IMAGES can be done at the Modify Webspace selection above. Click on Modify to open the WEB PAGE. Then, simply click on the Modify Images button below your existing pictures and that part of the site will open up for you.

8) ADDING Images: Select the Browse button at the bottom of your images table. It will help you find the file on your computer. Then give the image a TITLE. Then click on Submit. You will have a total of 35 pictures to add to your web space. To RETURN to the TEXT editing area from the IMAGE area, click on My Account on the Top Horizontal menu, of the Left Navigation Menu.

9) Whether you are modifying text or images, please remember to click on the SUBMIT button when you are done otherwise your changes or additions will not be Saved!

10) If your organization wishes to Add a New or Additional Web pages contact the webmaster through the Contact Us forms on the site.

How To Add Images which best display your Services and Products

For all Member Showcase images which appear on the Front page (the first one you upload) it is best to select as close to a square proportioned pix as possible. The program re-sizes your pictures to fit a standard selected as an average fit for everyone.

Lengthy, “Landscape” style images are not to be used for the Member Home page, and are best used for you web page where many sized images can be shown to your best advantage. A good example of this is “Walking Trail Guide”. See Member Showcase picture and then the wider, landscape pix on the web page, which are images of various sizes from the booklet itself.

Image Upload Limitations:


SIZE: Width 1200; HEIGHT 1000


The program will re-size your images to:
SIZE: Width: 625 Height 475 pixels

If your image gets rejected it is because of not conforming to one of the criteria above.

Need to Re-Size your Images to upload?

The program Photoshop is perfect for this. Or, you can go the website below.

What is a Domain? A Sub-Domain? What is a URL?

A URL is the entire internet address of some general residence, in the universe of the Internet. “Earth, U.S., New Mexico, Northern NM, Rio-Arriba” would be an example of our URL address in the Solar System. Computers read the numbers associated with these names while humans only know the single name: “”

A Domain Name is a particular residence name which is usually a part of the URL: “” These names are assigned an numeric address in the vast switching system called the Internet.

A Sub-Domain is like an ante-room off the main Chamber or large room which is the domain itself, to which we give a special purpose or function. This “ante-room” can also be given properties to act like a domain itself, but that’s a different story. For example, will bring someone to look at our new community calendar currently available. Another example: Blogs are usually their own sub-domains. To recognize a sub-domain you will see a “.” before the domain name itself.
(www is the most common, i.e, the world wide web) Our blog is