Creating Community Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Sometimes, free things can have tremendous value

The spring cleanup offered by the city of Durango definitely leads to some interesting curb-shopping! I have seen several people perusing the items put out for disposal (Hmmm ... Maybe I need that...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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Suicide Prevention Community Summit to be held to help address the issue

Sadly, Southwest Colorado has experienced more than its share of suicides over the past few years, with regional and state suicide rates significantly higher than the national average. The...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disabilities services in Colorado facing a perfect storm

The idea of a “perfect storm” is that in rare circumstances, a combination of independent factors comes together in such a way to create a calamity far worse than the sum of its parts. In fact, in...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Inclusion event for people with differences comes to Durango

Social justice does not discriminate. Any time a person or group of people experiences a loss of rights or violence based on a perceived difference, it is injustice. It matters not what the...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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San Juan Basin’s Promotor Program helps address health disparities

San Juan Basin Public Health knows that health starts in our families, schools, workplaces, communities, in the air we breathe and the water we drink. All of these things can affect how we feel,...

DATE: March 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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Dental health clinic’s care spreads by word of mouth

It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, and our community has a reason to smile. Since opening in July, Axis Health System’s nonprofit Oral Health Clinic in Durango has had 1,066...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Tips for choosing a nonprofit to donate your money, time

Countless before me have remarked on the proliferation of nonprofits in La Plata County. We quote statistics of anywhere from 250 to 350 to 400 to the ultra-specific “gazillion.” The accurate...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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For kids, choose tap water for a smile that sparkles

February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and this year’s theme for the American Dental Association’s campaign is focused on healthy oral health habits for kids, including brushing twice a day...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Volunteering good for community and volunteers

Here we are, a few weeks into 2017. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? You still have many months to get them right! I heard an interesting tidbit: 12.5 percent of Americans...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local community rallies in wake of recent hate crime

On Dec. 12, I received an email from our Adult Program director in Cortez. The email subject was simple: “Bus Vandalism.” When I opened the attached pictures, it was clear that this was not simple...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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Concerned about an older person? Senior Reach program offers help

During the holidays, we naturally reach out to others – with a hug, a gift or an act of service. This warm spirit of giving often extends beyond our family circle and into the community. We look...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Wiki technology helps people with disabilities tell their stories

Twenty-five years ago, if any wiki existed, it was a lyric from a Sheb Wooley song. Today, wiki technology shapes the way many of us access information. In the future, it may be the way people with...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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