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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Seasons Rotisserie & Grill ends 2016, starts 2017 with a bang

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist To say Seasons Rotisserie and Grill is in the middle of a big three months is an understatement. In December, the downtown mainstay held its annual anniversary...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Sweethearts of the Arts fetes three honorees

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist The dulcet tones of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” filled the Durango Arts Center on Feb. 9 to conclude the Sweetheart of the Arts presentation, but there was much...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

Wheeldon, Greenblatt, Bolster are sweetest of all

HHH Check back at durangoherald.com for more Neighbors stories and photos. Click on the word “Neighbors” to make sure you haven’t missed any stories. Neighbors runs in the Sunday print edition of...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Hannah Primack celebrates her 90th in style

Having missed a month of birthdays because I was on medical leave, we’ll start fresh with birthdays starting Feb. 1. Here’s hoping the January celebrants had great birthdays, and that these...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Deputy Jeremiah Lee honored by Colorado Cattlemen

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist I don’t know whether it’s because the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association writes great recommendations or if our local law enforcement agencies are more...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Trails 2000 event is one of the hottest tickets in town

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist Thirty minutes. That’s how long it took to sell out Trails 2000’s 25th dinner and auction when ticket sales went live. I believe that puts the event in the...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Durango High School’s thespians own the stage in Denver

Class after class at Durango High School delights theater lovers with their skills and talent, and members of this year’s Thespian Troupe 1096 are no exception. Earlier this month, 27 students...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Durango’s littlest Cheesehead roots for mom’s team

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist When Coloradans break out the orange everything as the Denver Broncos suit up to take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, one little Durango Cheesehead will root...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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A song of joy to kick off the holiday season

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist There are some traditions that are key to making the holidays bright, and the Durango Choral Society’s “A Traditional Family Christmas” is one of them for me. It’s...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Nolan Reed comes home to delight music lovers

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist It’s always exciting to see a young person who grew up in Durango shine out in the world, and that’s certainly true of violinist Nolan Reed, who was so good in...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Locals celebrate birthdays, anniversaries

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist Decking the halls for their birthdays are Carter House, Dell Manners, Kyle Branson, Eve Gilmore, Don Cornutt, Norman Broad, Rita Lee, Richard Gallavan, Jim...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Dogster’s is looking for a little love for the holidays

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist While you’re planning your holiday giving, don’t forget about our four-legged friends. Dogster’s Spay and Neuter Program, all-too-appropriately known as D-SNIP,...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Neighbors