Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Need milk, vegetables or a health education? Get WIC

Teachers, bank tellers, certified nurse assistants and college students participate in it. Single parents, working families and growing children benefit from it. “It” is WIC – the Women, Infants...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Let’s work to continue holiday generosity year-round

By Christine ImmingUnited Way of Southwest ColoradoDuring the holiday season, many people feel moved to reach out to those in the community who are less fortunate. Inspired by the season of giving,...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

With cold weather, we can help keep each other safe

It’s really cold. The dogs and I walked two whole blocks on a recent night; a suspect display of Iditarod race potential for sure. I’ve also heard on the radio that Phoenix has had a string of...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disability is natural part of life

The concept of disability has changed significantly through history. At one point, disability was seen as the result of sin, either by the person with the disability or his or her parents....

DATE: Jan. 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Top 10 health list reflects concerns of community

Lots of Top 10 lists were revealed during the last weeks of 2012. San Juan Basin Health concluded its own counting down of top health issues in Archuleta and La Plata counties. Over the last six...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

What I have learned working for United Way

As many of you already know, I have announced my retirement from United Way of Southwest Colorado after 10 years on the job. I will become the director of the Durango Business Improvement District...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Meaningful difference made in this community every day

Just about a year ago, I was visiting friends and family in Tempe, Ariz., taking in the initial hours of 2012. The sun warmly enveloped us, and enthusiasm for the coming year was a chief player in...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

U.S. leadership on disabilities rights wavers

In 1990, the U.S. set the example for protection of the rights of people with disabilities in its Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA became the template for many nations’ laws on disability...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

This holiday season, make sure to get pertussis shot

This time of year, many are busy preparing for the holidays and attending holiday gatherings. A little less sleep, a little more stress, a little less attention to basic public-health precautions...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Men – getting help through therapy easier than ever

Robert Bly, acclaimed author of Iron John once said, “There are a lot of men who are healthier at age 50 than they have ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.”I suppose the author...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

On Thanksgiving, United Way thankful

At this time of year, we take a day to spend with family and friends and recognize what we have to be thankful for in our lives. I am so thankful for my family. Maria, Vivien and Harrison have all...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Understanding conflict between protection, civil liberties

This last week, Colorado voters legalized the use of recreational marijuana for people age 21 and older. Among myriad arguments surrounding this law, we have heard the age-old question about the...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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