Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

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

Creating Community Giving to United Way supports many local causes

I am asked all the time why a donation should be made to United Way instead of giving directly to a specific charity.There are several advantages of giving through United Way. We always have...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Mental Health First Aid is a program worth believing in

A few things have been on my mind lately in terms of the three components of quality health care: individual care, cost containment and population care. Effective population-based care with its...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Seizures are as varied as the people who are affected

Although we use it every day, much about the human brain remains a mystery. We do know that our brain’s cells communicate through electrical impulses, and like the electrical currents in our homes,...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Say ‘boo’ to the flu this year with local shots clinics

If it’s fall, it must be time to talk about flu shots. You’ve seen them advertised around town at supermarkets and pharmacies. They’re convenient to get and relatively inexpensive. But do you need...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community Connections plans for its vision of future in S.W. Colo.

In the environment of an uncertain economy, there is no such thing as a sure thing. What is certain is that we will have people in our communities who require our support. As governmental funding...

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

The spider web approach: Striving for thriving youths

Nicole Schnee believes that the best way for youths to survive is to actually thrive. As a community prevention organizer at San Juan Basin Health, she is joined in this effort by a local coalition...

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

It’s fundraising season for S.W. Colo.’s United Way

As the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, United Way of Southwest Colorado is kicking into high gear. We have several big projects coming up in the next month.One of our best fundraising events...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Bouncing back from tragedy requires courage, hope

I am a resilience enthusiast. Watching how we bounce back from adversity is something that really steeps my tea, so to speak. For me, feelings associated with bouncing back are comparable to skiing...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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