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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Memorial fund established for Scott Hagler’s mother

By Ann Butler Herald Neighbors Columnist The perfect way to remember a talented musician is to help the next generation of aspiring musicians hone their talents. So 3rd Ave. Arts decided to honor...

DATE: April 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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J. Paul and Debbie Brown are Cattlemen of the Year

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist It’s a busy time of year in the agricultural community, between cows calving, sheep lambing, crops to be planted, ditches to be cleared ... well, you get the...

DATE: April 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Spring breezes blow in happy wishes for celebrants

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist After a column that was in a pirate mood, there will be no walking of the plank for the birthdays of: Ed Cash, Wayne Hose, Dennis Polsfut, Arden Peters, Sarah...

DATE: April 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Empty bowls fill attendees stomachs and hearts

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist At Soup for the Soul, a fundraiser for Hospice of Mercy, guests go home with a popular soup mug. At Empty Bowls and Brews, a new event created this year to benefit...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Ahoy, mateys! Pirates fundraiser a Jolly (Roger) good time

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist The only thing missing was that it wasn’t Talk Like a Pirate Day at the “Pirates of Penzance” Opening Night Gala on March 24 at the Fort Lewis College Theatre....

DATE: April 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Durango High School theater troupe raises money for nationals

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist Theater at Durango High School has been one of the hottest tickets in town for years because of the quality of the performances Thespian Troupe 1096 produces. ...

DATE: April 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

After a snowy weekend, festive blooms for celebrations

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist These people may need snow tires to go into the high country for their birthdays: Jim Edmanson, John Kessell, Jim Welch, Janice Martin, Lacy Williams, David Best...

DATE: April 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Molly Matava named Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of Year

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Congratulations go to Molly Matava, who has been named the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County’s Youth of the Year. “Molly embodies what the Boys & Girls Club...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Neighbors: Honoring nurses who make a difference

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Nurses in their modern incarnation work in such a diversity of occupations and touch so many lives in different ways, it’s hard to get a grip on their impact. But...

DATE: April 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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A golden approach to raising scholarship funds

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist I go to the Durango Branch of the American Association of University Women’s Book & Author Luncheon to help raise money for scholarships and get the backstory of a...

DATE: March 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Residents enjoy spring birthdays and anniversaries

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist It’s winter in the mountains and spring down below for the birthdays of: Samuel Brown, Virginia Rohr, Shirley Drover, Mary Marugg, Dana Siekman, Joyce Watt,...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Music in the Mountains offers fun fundraisers

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist I know spring just started, but summer will be here before you know it. And one of the highlights of summer is Music in the Mountains. The classical music...

DATE: March 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Neighbors