Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

United Way busy with projects

United Way of Southwest Colorado’s board of directors and staff are keeping busy with several projects of interest to our community. Here are some updates about our work and a couple of things we...

DATE: March 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Be aware of signs of suicide, especially in springtime

Bill (not his real name) sat morosely on the sofa and looked out the window. The birds were singing, neighborhood children were out playing, sunshine streamed through the window and all Bill could...

DATE: March 15, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Invisibility can create a burden

I don’t think that invisibility has all the advantages implied in fairy tales and Harry Potter films. It has never allowed me to reveal nefarious plots or infiltrate secret organizations. I don’t...

DATE: March 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Protect the ones you love

No parents ever want to see their child hurt. From the first scratch or bump to the first broken heart, we feel it with them. While pain is a part of life, parents naturally want to protect their...

DATE: March 1, 2011 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Community investment volunteers needed

United Way of Southwest Colorado has a unique volunteer opportunity for Southwest Colorado residents who are interested in making our community the best place it can be for everyone who lives...

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

Celebrate Developmental Disabilities Day

On Feb. 16, a group of people will gather at the Capitol in Denver. These are not the same folks who walk the halls each day, wrestling with budget issues, learning about proposed bills and arguing...

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

Local program helps needy families access health care

Ever wish you had someone to help navigate the complexity of health care and insurance? Or the ability to go to one person for all your questions and learn what’s available in the community to help...

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

Don’t perpetuate stereotypes of mental illnesses

Stereotyping is a form of prejudice that focuses on one particular characteristic of a person where a judgment is made about someone without even knowing him or her. This behavior can lead to an...

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

Public health department can improve your quality of life

Resolving to get healthier is a goal many of us have each new year, even if we already are doing positive things for our health. Your public health department can help in this goal with varied...

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

Give to the organizations you trust

As we near the end of another year, many people look to make charitable contributions. Here are a few things to consider when making your charitable contribution.Most people report that the top...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Manage stress to enjoy holiday

Your head aches, and the fatigue is overwhelming. Nothing is going right. The holiday season has arrived. Music is blaring everywhere you go, road rage abounds as cranky drivers race for parking...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Some people struggle to meet their needs this holiday season

Each December, my family hovers around the flickering blue screen to imbibe once again in the guilty pleasure of the classic movie “A Christmas Story.” We follow poor Ralphie’s quest for his Red...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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