Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Designing for people with disabilities benefits everyone

In October, The Durango Herald reported on the new open gym for kids with autism at Durango Gymnastics. The open gym is an excellent example of parents working with public entities or private...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Addressing community health needs through planning

Have you ever wondered how San Juan Basin Public Health staff determines which resources to offer the communities we serve? Or how we measure the impact of our programs on community health? The...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Creating Community

There are many ways to give back to the place you call home

I will soon celebrate my six-year anniversary at United Way of Southwest Colorado. As expected, the work has been challenging and rewarding. Often, people thank me for the work I do for the good...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Festival of Trees a special annual holiday celebration

I have an assignment for you after you read this column: Get dressed, grab the family and head over to this year’s Festival of Trees event to support Community Connections and the services we...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Spread joy, not germs, to friends and family this holiday season

The holidays are typically a time for being with family members and for sharing. Sometimes, though, this results in unhealthy sharing of communicable diseases such as the flu. Communicable...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Liberty School serves students in outstanding way

“We don’t brag about what we can do.” I read this on the classroom wall as I toured the new home of The Liberty School. It is part of a set of ideas labeled, “The Liberty Way,” and it struck me...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We are grateful for our S.W. Colorado communities

In November, Americans traditionally count our many blessings, and as a nation, we are certainly blessed. As one smallish nonprofit in one little, rural corner of this nation, Community Connections...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Better worlds start with great mothers; San Juan Basin can help

At San Juan Basin Public Health's Nurse-Family Partnership, first-time moms are empowered to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. NFP works by having...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

State celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month

In January 2019, the minimum wage in the state of Colorado will take another leap toward a livable wage as the minimum hourly rate for most workers increases to $11.10. Note that I say “most...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

A look at what’s new in health insurance options

The availability of health care that is accessible and affordable is essential to our well-being. Unfortunately, health care can be expensive and the insurance system can be complex. That’s why...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We honor our Direct Support Professionals with DSP Week

As you scrape the molten remains of the hamburgers off the grill, I invite you to join me in a final reflection about the intent of our American Labor Day (beyond beer, brats and buddies, which...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Building community resilience through caring connections

Imagine living in a place surrounded by natural beauty and filled with people who care so deeply about one another that generous support is offered without hesitation during challenging times. This...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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