Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

High cost of living difficult for people with disabilities

Everyone knows that making a living in La Plata County can be a challenge. The cost of living is high; housing is still expensive, even in the current economic conditions; transportation within the...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

The Mad Hatter, The Lorax and the dangers of mercury

The recent mercury spill at San Juan Basin Health Department was a learning experience. We appreciate Durango Fire & Rescue Authoriy’s hazmat team and the Environmental Protection Agency for their...

DATE: March 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

There’s plenty to love about local people, nonprofits

In the spirit of the recent Valentine’s season, here are several things I love about Southwest Colorado. I love how our banks rally around good causes. For example, United Way donations from Bank...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Questioning what ‘quality’ means in quality health care

When I became quality manager at Axis Health System nine months ago, part of my work became helping define standards of “quality.” As this process got under way, I soon arrived at an understanding...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

It takes a community to ensure everyone’s voice is heard

Recently, I was on a trip across Colorado and stopped at my favorite café in Del Norte. While seeking my refreshments there, I discovered a poster hanging on the back of a door. The poster, called...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

To honor heart health, wear red Friday

In honor of this year’s Snowdown’s theme, Once Upon a Snowdown, there was a woman who wore a red hooded cape. She walked through a forest to her grandmother’s house. However, she instead found a...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Your help is needed: Consider donating to United Way

The annual United Way fundraising drive for local programs in education, self-reliance and health is in its final stages. We are currently at 83 percent of our goal and believe we can get to 95...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Affordable options exist for preventive health care

Tim Tebow faked a handoff and dropped back in the pocket, flinging the football over the middle. As the 80-yard touchdown pass unfolded to win the AFC Wildcard Game, Denver Broncos fans cheered...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Changes in state departments spur questions of social justice

Every state in the U.S. has a state program to serve people with intellectual disabilities. In each state, the way programs for intellectual disabilities are run differs. In some states, they fall...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Dental program helping to provide healthy smiles

Flora appreciates what Southwest Smile Makers has meant for her two children. Her 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter recently had their teeth cleaned and a few cavities filled as well as...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Durango nonprofits have much to celebrate from 2011

This last year was tough in some respects, but there were also many things to celebrate. Here is my Top 10 list of the best charity moments of the year.No. 10: I was asked to be a judge at...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

When it comes to health care, don’t underestimate the power of humor

In response to last month’s column when I used the analogy of the runaway shopping cart to highlight opportunities to use mindfulness to manage stress during the holiday season, a friend informed...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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