Tara Kiene

Position: Creating Community

Position: Arts & entertainment editor

Email: katie@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4558

This year, take a giant leap forward in volunteering

What are you going to do with your extra day this year? It’s Leap Year! I often hear people say that someday, when they have more time, they would like to volunteer. Leap Year is your chance! If...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Kids’ dental care is keystone to a lifetime of good health

February has been coated in Cupid’s sugary sweets so long that most don’t know it is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Hidden in heart-shaped shadows is the prevalence of poor oral...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Colorado’s United Ways take a look at community issues

Colorado has majestic mountains and fertile plains. It has inner-city places, remote locations and many types of communities in-between. Interestingly, when the 13 independent United Way...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Here’s to good things happening in new year

It’s 2016, a brand new year. It’s a time for us to honor the past and look to the future. So it is with disability trends. What’s Out: Group homes. Facilities across the nation that serve people...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Creating Community

There’s an extra-special place in our hearts for anonymous donors

“Completely Anonymous,” that is all the detail report said about two large donations received by United Way of Southwest Colorado on Colorado Gives Day (Dec. 8). Two people gave generously and did...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Spread health, not flu, this holiday season

Flu season has officially been underway for over two months yet many residents have not received this year’s vaccine. December through February is the typical peak for influenza, and with the...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

We could start avalanches of support, encouragement

Sometimes I think I should just stay off the Internet. It just offers incidents to shock and dismay. A recent example is this story of a Facebook post that went viral in November. On Nov. 9,...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Ring in the new year with health coverage

This year, all citizens are required to have health insurance, and it’s not too late to sign up. Dec. 15 is the first major deadline for the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, and there...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

San Juan Basin working to help people get insurance

A gentleman came to San Juan Basin Health Department last year for help applying for health insurance. He limped noticeably and winced in discomfort with each step. As I offered him a chair, he...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

‘Fulfilling life,’ ‘meeting basic needs’ should not be mutually exclusive

If you are looking for more things to be thankful for during this season of gratitude, I have a fun exercise for you. Go down to your local Social Security office and apply for disability...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

San Juan Basin working to help people get insurance

A gentleman came to San Juan Basin Health Department last year for help applying for health insurance. He limped noticeably and winced in discomfort with each step. As I offered him a chair, he...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Knowing where to give your charity dollars can be tough task

Did you have a decent year? If so, good job! That little voice in your head may be encouraging you to give part of your good fortune to help those who are less fortunate. Knowing where to give to...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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