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Snowdown announces new board members

Snowdown elected two new members to its board of directors at its March 20 meeting.

Julie Oskard was elected to fill the three-year term vacated by Bob Larson. David Imming was elected to finish the remaining one year of Terry Fiedlerís term.

For more information, call Dawn James-Staten at 317-4709.

Job training geared toward senior citizens

SER Jobs For Progress, a federally funded job-training program announces the availability of several openings for paid job training positions.

Service, Employment, Redevelopment partners with community organizations in providing paid job-training opportunities for seniors wanting to re-enter the workforce. Eligible applicants must be 55 years or older, currently unemployed and be a low-income family.

Training opportunities are available with Mercy Regional Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, Turtle Lake Refuge, Mancos School District, La Plata County Humane Society, La Plata County, American Cancer Society, Colorado Work Force Center, the town of Ignacio and Colorado Welcome Center.

Interested applicants can call 385-3995.

RE/MAX agent earns designation

Linda Buzzalini with RE/MAX Pinnacle has earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation in acknowledgment of her expertise in the luxury-home market.

With 17 years in Durango, Buzzalini provides personalized, professional service to both buyers and sellers in the luxury or second-home markets.

For more information, call 749-4249 or email

New director named for anti-addiction group

Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners announces the promotion of Cathy Cowles to the executive director position.

Cowles has been with the program since 2009, serving as the organizationís program coordinator. She has previous experience in program coordination and management and as the owner/operator of a small business.

Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners is a nonprofit organization serving the five counties of Southwest Colorado and Fort Lewis College with the long-term goal of decreasing youth substance abuse.

The nonprofit works with youth-serving community organizations and provides tools, training, resources, support and AmeriCorps members, while emphasizing community-based solutions.

For more information, visit

Animas Transportation adds 2 mini-buses

Animas Transportation, a local passenger transportation company has taken delivery of two Starquest 14-passenger mini-buses.

The mini-buses can accommodate the needs of a variety of groups including hotels, schools, churches, weddings and other events. Animas Transportation has operating authority granted by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide passenger transportation services throughout the Four Corners.

For more information, call 259-1315.

Housing Solutions announces new hires

Housing Solutions for the Southwest announces that Carolyn Moller and Elizabeth Salkind have joined its executive team.

Moller has joined the staff as finance director. She has worked in Durango for several years as an accountant. Moller grew up in Maryland and holds a Masterís in Business Administration from Hood College and a Masterís of Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

She worked for many years in nonprofit management and community organizing, including work in the community action field. Locally, she serves on the boards of the Shanta Foundation and the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado.

Salkind has joined the staff as operations director. She has worked for nonprofit organizations in Colorado for 15 years in multiple capacities including attorney, executive director and development director.

Salkind has served as a board member of Habitat for Humanity and Volunteers of America and on committees for the Regional Housing Alliance and the Affordable Housing Task Force. Also, growing up in Maryland, she moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado and received a degree in political science and a Juris Doctorate from CUís law school.

For more information, call Kim Welty at 259-1086, ext. 32, or email

Herald Staff