Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

To the arts, and their supporters, with love

In a rare occurrence, the Durango Arts Center’s Sweetheart of the Arts celebration actually took place on Valentine’s Day this year. The honorees were two couples who have made a huge difference in...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Steampunkalooza and the latest technology

Hard as it is to believe, Snowdown 2015 is over, starting and ending so fast it was like a flash. But before it flew by, a lot of money was raised for good causes, one of those being Mercy...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Cornutt leaving Big Brothers Big Sisters

Being an effective executive director of a nonprofit is a challenging enterprise, requiring the ability to raise money, manage staff and boards, guide an organization to meet its mission and be the...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Search & Rescue’s flapjacks save lives

Their standard joke is that if we go eat their pancakes, they’ll come to our rescue. That equation offered by La Plata County Search & Rescue doesn’t seem like a fair equivalency to me. Shouldn’t...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hair today, gone tomorrow for Locks of Love

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Diana Yellow is beautiful indeed. The Fort Lewis College senior shaved her head at the beginning of January to show support for fellow First Baptist...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Leadership La Plata goes improv, artsy

Many Leadership La Plata classes can be pretty heavy subjects – criminal justice, health and human services, government. But the arts and culture day allows not only a chance to learn about the...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

25 years and counting for Trails 2000

Most nonprofits would kill to have a fan base as avid as Trail 2000’s. Not only does the organization do no advertising – just a simple posting on its website – for its annual dinner and auction,...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Margie Deane Gray fêted and honored

Much as she would prefer the story not be about her, Durangoans took the opportunity to honor Margie Deane Gray twice in the space of a couple of weeks this month. Fort Lewis College held a...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Guests ranged in age from 2 to 200 million

Jerry Zink’s 65th birthday party was also a mellow celebration of his co-founding of StoneAge Waterblast Tools (with John Wolgamott) and a coming-home party for the infamous dinosaur head, which...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Chocolate, beer and Leadership La Plata

My, how times have changed. When I was a member of the Leadership La Plata class of 1991-1992 – also known as the Dark Ages – our session on business in the county was a lot of panels and talking....

DATE: Jan. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Marking 20 years of Seasons’ deliciousness

In one of the highlights of the holidays, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill celebrated its 20th anniversary with an evening of delicious food in support of an organization that helps some of the most food...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Not just interested in the past

It’s easy to look at an archaeological society as a bunch of dusty old academics (or Indiana Jones) in pith helmets. Blame the movies for that. But the San Juan Archaeological Society, which held...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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