Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Yes, please and thank you are only the start

Common courtesy isn’t so common anymore. I often think we don’t do our children any favors these days. Growing up in Durango generally means going casual to every event, so they don’t learn how to...

DATE: June 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neither rain nor hail could halt these grills

According to the solar calendar, summer doesn’t officially start until the summer solstice on June 21. Most Americans, I think, consider Memorial Day the kick-off to summer. But for yours truly,...

DATE: June 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Erickson showed how teachers make a difference

Every once in awhile, someone I don’t know invites me to a party, and those are the best kind. They broaden my knowledge of the community, bring some new faces to Neighbors and shake things up a...

DATE: June 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Honoring the preservationists

So the La Plata County Historical Society’s Community Heritage honors individuals and organizations who have made a difference for all of us, those who have helped preserve that legacy for our...

DATE: May 27, 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

LLP adds new grads to alumni network

In general, the lead for this column comes to me pretty quickly. But for this story, I find myself pondering a word choice – a group of owls is called a parliament, a bunch of ravens is an...

DATE: May 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A waltz here, a tango there, a mirror ball, too

America has been in a dancing mood for a while now, so there’s no surprise that Dancing with the Durango Stars was one of the hottest tickets in town on May 2 at the Henry Strater Theatre. The...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Nobody was late for this important date

What do you do when your mom is turning 90 and says she’s been to too many birthday parties? In Alison Epstein’s case, the solution was obvious: Throw her mom, Barbara Denk, an unbirthday party....

DATE: May 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

FLC gets some lovin’ from supporters

Fort Lewis College’s TLC for FLC annual fundraiser reminds all of the attendees what the school means to its students and the community. This year’s full-house crowd made its way to the Ballroom...

DATE: May 8, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Enjoying a day at the club

The luncheon started at a high energy level that continued throughout at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County on April 17. The club’s annual day-of-the-ask also included a breakfast for early...

DATE: April 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Bette Hart, 90 and smiling, thanks to friends

Sometimes I wish Paul Harvey were around to tell me the rest of the story. In the case of Bette Hart’s 90th birthday, when I asked friends to remember her on her big day, Hart’s daughter, Jane...

DATE: April 14, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Arc of History on the ski slopes?

If you saw a group of people giddily clinking glasses at the Ore House on Tuesday, you might want to find out what they were celebrating. They were the Top Fundraising Team and the Top Theme Team...

DATE: April 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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