Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Durangoan challenges Disney over disability access program

In a move that began Wednesday, Disneyland will be changing the way it accommodates visitors with disabilities. The change has sparked much debate and spurred a local Durango resident to take on...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Work together and adapt to changes in health care

Last week at the La Plata Health Summit, Dr. Jay Want said it well when he said, “Health care is at a point of massive change.” He went on to suggest that no matter where people are on the...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

New suicide-prevention resource available for men

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 1,053 Coloradans committed suicide in 2012. This number calculates to a rate of 19.7 for every 100,000 people, a jump in the...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Direct Support Professional Week celebrated by Colo.

The State of Colorado recently issued a proclamation recognizing the week of Sept. 8-14 as National Direct Service Professional Recognition week. Yet many people wonder, who are these Direct...

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

Good oral health important to everyone, especially kids

My daughter’s proud, beautiful smile yesterday brought a wave of relief. She had just returned from the dentist, who had given the ‘thumbs up.’ No cavities. Great job brushing. Between braces,...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way’s first Radiothon an unintentional fundraiser

By the time you read this, the 2013 San Juan Brewfest will hopefully be a pleasant memory and a huge success. Thanks to our title sponsor, Chevron, and all other sponsors, breweries, volunteers and...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Does physical activity affect people’s mental well-being?

How many times have you heard that physical activity is something we “ought to do” to avoid developing health problems such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes? Do you think exercise is...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disability definition expands for Colo.’s autistic residents

Colorado finally has some good news for people diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. On Aug. 1, the state of Colorado adopted a new rule for defining developmental disability. Historically,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Adults, like kids, should be getting vaccinations

Getting a shot at any age is not a pleasurable experience. For some, it’s akin to getting a filling. However, you do feel that you’ve achieved something – protecting yourself against a disease. You...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Strong social support: Possibly as beneficial as healthy food

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” speaks to the importance of healthy foods in our diets. The United Way Community Investment Committee recently decided to provide funding for group meals at...

DATE: July 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Working through problems? Art can help heal body, soul

All forms of art have the capacity to heal our mind and body and have been used consciously and unconsciously throughout the history of mankind. People have used art to connect with their souls and...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Represent the intellectually disabled, increase civil rights

Last month, two major Supreme Court decisions opened a new chapter of civil rights for some Americans. Civil rights do not regulate people’s opinions. They protect people from oppression and...

DATE: July 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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