Late taxes in La Plata County go up 40% from 2008

Property-tax delinquencies are up about 39 percent from last year, according to a Durango Herald analysis of tax notices published this week. The numbers offer another sign that La Plata County is...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Music

MySpace to revamp site in aim to simplify

NEW YORK – The once-dominant social network MySpace is revamping its home page. It’s looking a little more like its more popular and populous rival, Facebook, even as it attempts to set itself...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Arts Briefs

Reynolds to give Englehart lecture in DoloresArtist and art historian Judith Reynolds will discuss the work of the late painter Stanton Englehart at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Bureau of Land Management...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

How to build a better band

Internet classified ads are a great resource for, well, just about anything. Late last year when Oregon transplant and bass player Jesse Ogle started looking for like-minded musicians to play with...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Literary agent Elaine Koster dies

NEW YORK – Elaine Koster, a publisher and literary agent with a knack for new talent who gave a second chance to an obscure horror writer named Stephen King and took on an unknown Khaled Hosseini...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Summit to host black-tie affair, Summit-style

Tonight could be a historic night in Durango as the Summit hosts its first black-tie affair.“I’m pretty sure we’ve never had one, even before I took over,” said Summit owner Scottie Sindelar. And...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Music

In a class of her own

Although she’s been in Durango for the last 10 years, I didn’t become familiar with Sandra Butler’s art until earlier this year at the “In2itive” exhibition at the Fort Lewis College Gallery. Since...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

‘Grandma Mana’ getting started at 83

Regardless of the measure, a life is best gauged by what you do, not when you do it. “I always loved painting, but I decided to raise a family, and before I knew it 50 years went by,” Elsie Siapno...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Don’t devalue craftsmanship vs. artists’ vision

Many people who call themselves artists minimize the value of craftsmanship. Fixated on intense personal expression, they throw care overboard. Even after a work is complete, attention to formal...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2010 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Opera offers more dream worlds

Last week, Santa Fe hosted its annual conference called “Creativity and Madness.” It brings together medical professionals who link the topics through presentations on visual artists, composers and...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2010 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Fruits of his labor

He’s an irrefutable success in his chosen field, but at some point it just becomes laughable to call what Jimmy Williams does for a living “work.”“I was hired to go do a job I would pay to do,” the...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2010 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Some people are just schmucks

The truly goofy comes shrouded in innocence. If a man is trying to be goofy, it’s just an act that quickly grows old. But if he lacks the slightest notion of his peculiarity, there’s the secret....

DATE: Aug. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

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