Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

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

Prescription drugs can poison our water

Some of you may remember when PCP, an illegal drug, was a major issue in the 1970s. We now have a “PCPP” legal drug problem. PCPP stands for personal care and pharmaceutical products. “Look in your...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way goes beyond fundraising

Most people know that United Way raises money for local nonprofit organizations each year in the fall. That is when we are typically the most visible. What is less known is the quiet work behind...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Groups provide support for victims of sexual assault

Nothing halts a conversation like the words “rape” or “sexual assault.” Myths about sexual assault continue to circulate in our society. Comments such as “well, she must have asked for it” or “she...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Creating Community Cerebral palsy can manifest in many ways

Cerebral palsy is one of the disorders included under the broad umbrella of developmental disabilities. However, CP is a broad term.CP actually is a group of disorders that affect the brain and...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Breast-feeding program provides support, education

You have to drink milk to produce milk. If you don’t eat well, you can’t breast-feed. Misinformation persists about one of the most natural acts in the world – a mom breast-feeding her baby.Even...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way sets 2010 fundraising goal

United Way of Southwest Colorado’s board of directors recently approved the fundraising goal for this fall and winter. United Way will attempt to raise $710,000 to support nonprofit programs that...

DATE: July 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

'Slip! Slop! Slap! ... and Wrap!' your skin

Along with fireworks and hot dogs, there is another time-honored Fourth of July tradition: the sunburn. For some people, it's an accepted sign of summer and for others a painful reminder they...

DATE: July 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Durango comes together to help its community

Southeastern Conference football, tailgating and Tiger Stadium - these are three things that describe the community ofBaton Rouge, La. These are also three things I have been lucky enough to...

DATE: June 23, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Independence includes risk of choice for developmentally disabled people

Sometimes the freedom to make choices means having the opportunity to choose poorly.For many years, people with developmental disabilities were not supported or allowed to make choices. They were...

DATE: May 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Preparing for long-term care critical

The snow was flying as my brother helped my mother gently into the car. We made what felt like a getaway. After beinggone for two months, returning home was freedom for our mother.It'd begun with a...

DATE: May 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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