Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Regional Housing Alliance makes homeownership real

It is a great time to buy a home in La Plata County, and the Regional Housing Alliance of La Plata County can be an important partner throughout the process. Condos and homes are now affordable for...

DATE: July 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Mental-health problems require more than Band-Aid approach

Imagine you’re at the office and your co-worker gets a paper cut, a really nasty one. How long until he or she gets a bandage out of a first-aid kit and stops the bleeding? Not too long. Now image...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Local nonprofit gains new leadership

Community Connections Inc. is one of the largest nonprofits in Southwest Colorado, both in terms of employees (averages more than 150) and budget (about $4.5 million per year.) Steering its course...

DATE: July 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way working around Colorado

United Way organizations exist in nearly every community in the United States, with 1,200 United Ways operating in the country. Forty-six nations have a United Way presence, so the work is...

DATE: June 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

The only constant is change

In 1943, W. Somerset Maugham said: “Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have...

DATE: June 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Nonprofit engages in strategic planning process

In Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, Alice encounters the Cheshire Cat and asks which way she should go. The Cheshire Cat, in typical Cheshire Cat fashion, responds simply, “That depends...

DATE: June 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Everyone’s a partner in food safety

We’ve probably all experienced it at some point in our life – some of us in the last year or even week. It’s that feeling in the pit of your stomach followed by disquieting physical confirmation:...

DATE: May 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way plans fundraising

United Way of Southwest Colorado is doing its advance work on the 2011 fall and winter fundraising drive. Our main task currently is to determine which local nonprofit organizations will benefit...

DATE: May 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Specially trained officers can help in a crisis

Bill (not his real name) was walking down the sidewalk without clothes on, muttering loudly to himself. When law enforcement arrived, the officers talked with him, wrapped a blanket around him and...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Spring housekeeping to stay healthy

Ah, spring. We’re all excited to get outside and “work” – cleaning out the shed or garage, getting out gardening tools and outdoor furniture, raking and planting. Not really work – it’s more like...

DATE: May 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Wine event to benefit United Way

United Way of Southwest Colorado is happy to announce that for the third year in a row, the Durango Wine Experience has chosen United Way as its charity partner. This year, the Wine Experience will...

DATE: April 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Teen suicide: Know possible warning signs, get help

I received many comments on my column about suicide last month. Many of them focused on teens.The Centers for Disease Control says suicide is the third leading cause of death for people 15 to 24...

DATE: April 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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