Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

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

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

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