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Mrs. Ballantine’s achievements and service have been honored many times during her lifetime. These are a few of the major ones:
1953 First journalism award, first place in editorial writing from Colorado Press Association.
1956 Seven CPA Awards.
1967 Outstanding Journalism recognition to the Ballantines by the University of Colorado School of Journalism.
1968 First woman chair of the Colorado Associated Press Association.
1977 Joins Des Moines and Minneapolis boards of directors of Cowles Media Co.
1970 First-ever Fort Lewis College Distinguished Service Award to Arthur and Morley Ballantine.
1980 Honorary degree from Simpson College in Iowa.
1990 Citizen of the Year by Durango Area Chamber Resort Association.
1998 Athena Award for women in public service from DACRA.
2000 Colorado Philanthropist of the Year at National Philanthropy Day.
2001 Bonfils Stanton Foundation Arts & Humanities Award. Named to Colorado Business Hall of Fame.
2002 Honorary doctorate from the University of Denver.
2004 Margaret Sanger Award, Planned Parenthood’s highest honor. First woman awarded Fort Lewis College Honorary Degree.
2005 First 50-year member of the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.
2007 Durango Arts Center names Ballantine family Sweethearts of the Arts
At various times trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado Women’s College, Simpson College in Iowa and the University of Denver.
As co-publisher, then publisher and later editor of The Durango Herald, Mrs. Ballantine wrote many editorials about issues of international, national and local importance. One issue she wrote about in 1961 remains a community issue today.
March 30, 1961
How to vote on the dog-leash proposal has been on our minds for weeks. There’s no denying a dog problem exists in town. There are far too many strays about, in clear violation of the existing ordinance, as well as occasional females in heat. The situation has been neglected and allowed to deteriorate ever since a short-lived attempt was made to deal with it for a few months after a leash-law defeat in 1957.
City Manager Bob Rank has said the city will enforce the licensing ordinance now on the books if the current leash-law proposal goes down at the polls. His word is good enough for us, for in the brief period Rank has been here, he’s been impressive as he’s gone about tying up a variety of municipal loose ends.
Right now Rank and Police Chief Hubertus are working out a scheme whereby city personnel would be employed on their days off from their regular jobs to deal with dogs. This means that the problem would receive steady attention. It is a thriftier method too than hiring a person full-time who, after the peak work-load had passed, would still be on the city payroll.
With all this evidence of action at last to cope with dogs, we’ve decided to vote against the leash-law. Every additional law and ordinance put upon the books whittles down individual freedom that much more. Government rules and regulations have pervaded every part of life. A lot of them have nothing but nuisance value. Some are unenforceable, others ill-advised and therefore ignored.
If the city is willing at long last to push enforcement of its dog license and nuisance ordinances, let’s follow that avenue and see if it won’t lead to a solution of the dog problem. Why add yet one more ordinance to the books? Writing new laws while ignoring earlier ones is no automatic guarantee that an improved situation will result.