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Durango’s bazaar tradition takes historical form

Luminarias lit the way to the Joy Cabin when the Animas Museum held its annual holiday bazaar Dec. 3 and 4. It was a chance for more than 650 residents to celebrate Christmas as in days of yore...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Friends of the Arts give ’em the Razzle Dazzle

Writing cards, selecting gifts, wrapping ... and getting glammed up for parties are all on the “to do” list for the holidays.The members of the Durango Friends of the Arts found a way to expand...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hess named Colo. Cattlewoman 2010

To say Lulu Mae “Sue” Hess has had a tough year is an understatement. The lifelong Florida Mesa resident was critically injured when a truck backed into her as she was walking at the south end of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Making the holidays brighter

DATE: Nov. 19, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

The women’s view of ranch life

Say the word “rancher,” and the image that comes to mind is something from Hollywood, a tan, dusty, rugged man in jeans and boots astride a horse. Unless, that is, you’ve ever met a Cowbelle.The La...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Why go? Because foodies SASO

There are some things that one hopes will become a tradition: People turning off their cell phones during family dinners and while driving (hint, hint) – and the Sexual Assault Services...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Modern women, history lovers

On the second weekend of October, the streets of downtown Durango were full of people of all ages excited about the history of our community. It was the third annual Durango Heritage Celebration,...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Do you know these people?

After more than six years writing obituaries, I’ve learned how important family photos and information are. Memories are so easily lost, never to be recovered.Dixie Bond thinks the same way. About...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Habitat for Humanity celebrates new homeowners

In a tough year economically, two more La Plata County families now own the roofs over their heads, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County and its many supporters and volunteers. And...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Friends, Romans, countrymen

Anticipation filled the night as guests arrived at the 17th annual Home & School Association Auction & Gala at St. Columba School.The parents who organize this event go all out. This year, the...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Lights! Camera! Nosh! DIFF draws donors

Inspired by author Fred Wildfang’s book Hollywood of the Rockies, local artists created the set of letters D-U-R-A-N-G-O, mimicking the iconic sign above the filmmaking capital of the world. The...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Olé to health coalition’s giving spirit

While there was a lot of laughter and catching up with old friends at this year’s Pink Ribbon Affair, people did not forget why they were there: to support local residents while they battle...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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