Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

Bringing the gift of health to children

This time of year is thought of as a special time for children, filled with wonder, magical moments, caring for others and, of course, presents. As parents, we know giving our children a happy and...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Board members must be good ambassadors for nonprofits

By law, every nonprofit organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The board provides oversight for the organization so that it can fulfill its mission. Many people ask me about...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Positivity and gratitude go long ways toward good health

Next week is Thanksgiving, the holiday that gives us pause to reflect on the abundance we have in our lives.The Greek philosopher Epictetus once said: “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Despite economy, community generous

With all the struggles of our current economic times, one amazing fact remains: People are still generous. According to the Grassroots Funding Journal, more than 70 percent of adults give away...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Immunizations, flu shots critical for everyone’s health

“It’s easier if you close your eyes,” one 4-year-old girl advised her little sister. There were smiles, some crying, fun costumes, Halloween stickers and treats for all at San Juan Basin Health’s...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way donations go to education, health, more

United Way of Southwest Colorado’s annual fundraising drive is in full swing. To date, United Way has reached 28 percent of its goal. Donations are accepted at any time but need to be submitted by...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Awareness key to ending domestic violence

Carly (not her real name) squeezed back into the corner of the dark, crowded closet with her hands over her ears. Mommy and Daddy were yelling again, and she was scared. They yell more since Daddy...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Disabled people vote, too

The amount of unsolicited campaign fliers in my mailbox tells me that once again, election time is near. Millions of voters across the United States will trudge to their polling place or put their...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

SmileMakers has kids grinning

Bonnie Hooper is proud of her kids. Especially those whose self-esteem has grown along with their big, beautiful smiles. Hooper has many children. As clinic coordinator and hygienist for Southwest...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way’s 10 easy ways to donate

Live United has been United Way of Southwest Colorado’s theme for the last few years. United Way has found in its 39 years of service to Southwest Colorado that when people join together for the...

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

Know the signs of drug abuse, and know recovery is possible

Vicky was a healthy, active woman until the vehicle accident. She suffered a seriously sprained back and arm. Life quickly became an endless routine of pain and prescription narcotic...

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

These caregivers deserve praise

In a rare show of bipartisan agreement, the U.S. Senate has designated next week as “National Direct Support Professionals Week.” This begs the question, who are these direct support professionals,...

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

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