Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Lend your support to Southwest Crisis Intervention Teams

By Linda Lute Michelle (not her real name) walked down Main Street in her underwear, screaming at passing traffic. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, an officer patiently communicated with...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Prenatal test for Down syndrome decreases false positives, risks

Expectant mothers can test to determine the risk of Down syndrome in their baby before the baby is even born. The current process involves a combination of ultrasound and blood test. Women who are...

DATE: March 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local programs can help ease life’s sometimes-bumpy ride

Sometimes life is a bumpy ride. There are many things making up those bumps – stress, conflict, trauma, uncertainty, illness, disability and more. Just as shock absorbers on a vehicle can help...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Be aware of these common medication mistakes and learn how to avoid them

Taking medications correctly continues to be a challenge for all Americans, no matter what your age or health condition. Food and Drug Administration reports indicate up to 1.5 million people are...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

People with Down syndrome more prone to Alzheimer’s

One positive result of the advances in modern medicine is the vastly increased lifespan of people with Down syndrome. Yet with the lifespan increase has come a new worry: People with Down syndrome...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Working together as community, we can increase opportunities

Margaret had recently lost her job after taking time off to care for a sick relative. Unfortunately, and coincidentally, her car broke down during that same time period, and major bills for car...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Behavioral-health disorders have achievable recoveries

Is there recovery for mental-health and substance-use disorders? For years this question has been debated, and a great deal has been written about recovery from the perspective of the citizen,...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Developmental disability wish list for the new year

There is something about a new year that feels like a new beginning. Perhaps this is why people tend to make resolutions, set goals and plan for the future at the New Year. In keeping with the New...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Sometimes, a smile can go a long way, inspire others

Exercise equipment, diet plans, organization tools – they are all part of the season of self-improvement that comes with the new year. There is another simple, but very powerful, self-improvement...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Holidays have you stressed? Try reflection, meditation

While the holidays can showcase the very best parts of an individual through demonstrations of charity, caring for others and connecting with loved ones, it may also bring out the very worst part...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

New research offers clues to early autism detection

In a study recently published in the online magazine Nature, researchers have indicated that an infant’s lack of eye contact may be a strong indicator of the development of autism. Autism...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

S.W. Colorado’s beauty is more than skin deep

Eleven years ago, wildfire scarred Missionary Ridge and the effects can still be seen. We continually face challenges of extreme weather, pollution, population growth and more. While these...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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