Ann Butler
Ann Butler

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

About: Journalism is a second career for Ann, who began her professional life in new product development for American companies expanding their business overseas, ... giving her the opportunity to live in several countries in Europe and Latin America. She is a Durango native who joined The Durango Herald in her mid-40s as the Neighbors columnist in 2000 and enjoys helping to build community by reporting on the nonprofit, service club and human interest stories in La Plata County. In 2004, she became a full time staff writer and columnist. Wearing many hats, she also covers the education beat, weather and breaking news as well as writing features for the Religion Page and other parts of the paper. For more than 10 years, she was on the obituary beat, helping families tell the life stories of people connected to Southwest Colorado who had died. One of many members of the Herald staff who contributed to the Herald's Sigma Xi Award for coverage of the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002, Ann has won a plethora of awards from the Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters and the Society of Professional Journalists. Ann enjoys the arts, reading, playing bridge and Scrabble and exploring the history and natural wonders of Southwest Colorado.

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Leadership La Plata ponders health and human services

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist The March session of Leadership La Plata addressed the sector of health and human services. In a class designed by Rachel Bauske and Stacy Reuille-Dupont and...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Soup nourishes body and soul at Hospice of Mercy event

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist Hospice of Mercy’s much-anticipated Soup for the Soul is one of the big fundraisers of spring – even if it took place five days before the spring equinox. More...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Flowers are abloom for this week’s celebrants

By Ann Butler neighbors columnist The community is running a spring fever for the birthdays of: Jim Robertson, Richard Gjere, Dottie Robinson, Tom Duke, Tamara Volz, Geri Mulligan, Craig Wright, Vi...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Stories unite us in the human condition

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist The stories on the theme of trust were personal, powerful, oftentimes funny and touched everyone in the audience at the Raven Narratives outing on March 4 at the...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Women’s Resource Center honors extraordinary businesswomen

By ann Butler Neighbors columnist There are a number of activities during Women’s History Month in Durango, and one of my favorites is the Women’s Resource Center’s Extraordinary Women Awards. This...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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The luck of the Irish is with Tuesday Literary Club

The Tuesday Literary Club and the Irish Embassy Pub were a match made in heaven when the former held its annual St. Paddy’s Day Party at the latter Tuesday night. About 18 members and associates...

DATE: March 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

Spring is sprung for locals’ birthdays and anniversaries

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Flowers are abloom for the birthdays of: Cathy Roberts, Joan Sippy, Mary Shaw, Bethany Bieth, Robert Ludwig, Jane Pearson, Taylor Bray, Gisele Pansze, Judy...

DATE: March 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Community Foundation, businesses give to nonprofits

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist One of the best parts of the beginning of a year is looking back at the generosity of the community in the previous year. The Community Foundation Serving...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Friends ask community to help family hit with medical woes

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist Health care is much in the news today, but the subject isn’t just about policy discussions and maneuvering – it’s about real families struggling to pay medical...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

La Plata County residents mark another year

The forecast is mostly sunny with a brief chance of showers for the birthdays of: Bev Sinclair, Sean Franklin, Diann Wylie, Katie Thompson, Larry Crawford, Callie Huckins, Whitney Huckins, Michael...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Budding stars shine at The Durango Voice competition

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Phase 1 of The Durango Voice was held Feb. 25 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Henry Strater Theatre. Benefiting Manna, it was a great evening of entertainment,...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Dave Spencer Classic raises money and spirits

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Every year, the Durango Adaptive Sports Association invites yours truly to join it for some of the Dave Spencer Ski Classic activities, and every year, I haven’t...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors