Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Shanta holds a different kind of fundraiser

For most fundraisers, nonprofits sell tickets and offer silent and/or live auctions to fund their mission. Tricia and Mike Karpfen, along with the supporters of Shanta Foundation, follow a...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Remembering Tom Grams a world away

Dr. Tom Grams, dentist extaordinaire, lived a life that made a difference, traveling to some of the most war-ravaged, impoverished nations in the world to give people good dental care. Grams...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Cobbler, corn-on-the-cob and a thank you

With more than 38 percent of La Plata County managed by either the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management, not to mention thousands of acres across the landscape of Southwest Colorado...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Durango High’s Class of 1970 then and now

No matter how angst-ridden and stressful high school years are, they’re also among the most formative and, thus, the high school reunion. A time to catch up, put the years in perspective and, let’s...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Music at the lake makes perfect summer day

A beautiful August Sunday, an even more beautiful Electra Lake and – I seem to be repeating myself – beautiful music made for a memorable experience. (It was time for a new adjective.) Over the...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2015 | 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

Call him Col. Green and thanks for serving

It was truly a family affair when Kyle Green was sworn into his new rank as a full-bird colonel. Green spent a chunk of his childhood in Durango, where he attended Needham Elementary School. His...

DATE: July 28, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Music in Mountains kicks off in high style

Music in the Mountains’ launched its 29th season Sunday with Summer Soirée at Purgatory Ski Resort, a private party for major donors that always offers something special. This year, it was a...

DATE: July 14, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Durango Friends of the Arts say gracias

It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a summer June evening than margaritas, good food and fun company. Especially when it’s rainy outside and full of bright colors on the inside. Held as a...

DATE: July 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Raising money and taking the fight to cancer

They may still have aching feet, but the participants in the 2015 Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society can look back on a successful fundraiser that had its focus in the right place – not...

DATE: June 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

No eagles, but birdies flying high for golf

The sun came out, and so did all of Durango. We have raised money and spent time playing and laughing with friends in the past week. With four (and building) golf courses in La Plata County,...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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