Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

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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

Nonprofit companies give back to community in many ways

’Tis the season of giving. Whether through special donations for the holidays or end-of-the-year giving to reduce taxes, many residents of La Plata County are opening their hearts and their...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Taking care of reproductive health empowering

The power to plan one’s life often depends on access to resources and services that allow you to follow through on that plan. Each individual, each couple has a different dream and plan. They may...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way thankful for support

Working for United Way of Southwest Colorado for almost nine years has allowed me to have a unique view of our community. I have the wonderful opportunity to interact with so many amazing people...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

A runaway shopping cart presents holiday gift of mindful choices

Bing Dictionary says the definition of crisis is “a time when something very important for the future happens or is decided.” I’ve also heard that the etymology of the word “crisis” is “choice, or...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Holiday season can be overstimulating, especially for kids

The parents of children with autism often become accustomed to dealing with the effects of their child’s overstimulation. Yet as we enter the oft-frenzied period of the holidays, many parents will...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local team helps families with health challenges

One of the factors in any given person’s health is income level. People living with lower income or in poverty face particular challenges in maintaining their health. On average, children living in...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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