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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. Read More

Neighbors: Unitarians celebrate full-time pastor

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango marked a landmark occasion in late September, and it celebrated with a bang. The fellowship has had phenomenal growth in recent years. It has gone...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors: Durango Heritage Celebration has Hollywood theme

The Durango Heritage Celebration has explored the community’s Victorian legacy, gone down with the Titanic, visited Greenmount Cemetery where the dead “talked” and solved a murder mystery or two. ...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors: Endowment brings party to honors teachers

Roberta Barr was a force of nature in Durango School District 9-R for more than 40 years, beginning her career in the one-room Falfa and Hermosa schools and ending it as the principal of not one,...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Former contest winner at Juilliard

On Saturday, Music in the Mountains concertgoers heard the winner of the conservatory’s Concerto Competition performing with the Festival Orchestra. But I, for one, always start thinking about...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Music in the Mountains enters final weekend

The Music in the Mountains classical music festival always feels a bit like a runaway train. The first concert delights, and then it’s one event after another, some private, some free, some...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Baby on Sunday, appendectomy on Monday

That old adage of “The show must go on,” was the motto of the evening on May 16 as the Durango Choral Society presented its annual Cabaret fundraiser. Amy Barrett and her husband, Kermitt, welcomed...

DATE: May 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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