Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

And a ‘very Merry Christmas to all’

The holidays reach a climax today as many La Plata County residents gather with family and friends to enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities. Four weeks of anticipation have led to this...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors A landmark – and delicious, too

Years ago, a group of people wanted a bigger solution at Manna Soup Kitchen. Rather than continuing to feed more and more people every year, in a Solomonic action harkening back to the story of the...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Blankets = comfort for kids

La Plata County residents reach out to others, both locally and around the world, in many ways. But I have a particular soft spot – which you’ll soon see is a groan-worthy pun – for Project Linus....

DATE: Dec. 19, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

The holidays are in full swing

As you read this, Christmas is a mere 11 days away. It’s been so warm and dry, it’s difficult to believe it’s true, but the festive parties that have begun are beginning to make me sing (under my...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Wow is the word for Morgan’s quilt

Durango resident Barbara Morgan is going to have her fingers crossed in January when her quilt is a semifinalist for a major award in a competition at a show organized by the American Quilt...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Florida Aspen Club to make holidays bright

Color me mortified with egg on my face. First, I was under the impression the Florida Aspen Club had ceased functioning, when, in fact, it’s going strong. That’s a big goof for the person on the...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A community turns out to help Kodi

They may not keep track, but as a frequent nonprofit fundraiser attendee myself, I can hazard an estimate of 80 to 100 times a year that Calvin and Pat Story show up to employ their auctioneering...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Having the backs of our first responders

Tragedy may have been the impetus for the founding of the 100 Club, but it has gone on to help provide bright futures. Founded in 1974 after a fire that took out six historic buildings in the 800...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Domo arigato from Japan

College is a time to try new things, expand your horizons, learn more about the world around you and your place in it. At Fort Lewis College, where a large part of the diversity students are...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Boosters support winter sports teams

Nobody was more excited to see the snowfall from this weekend’s storm than the attendees at the Winter Sports Foundation’s Alpenglow and Hall of Fame inductions. It was a gathering of Purgatory...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors Bilgrave honored by Liberty

With a Kaboom! a POW! and a Kazam!, Liberty School inducted its own superhero founder Joyce Bilgrave into the Dyslexia Hall of Fame on Nov. 8. Bilgrave is a serial founder – way better than a...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Bites of delight for good cause

For one night of the year, Durango’s talented chefs come together to prepare a once-in-a-lifetime kind of meal. Or it would be, if it weren’t once in a year here. I have gone to almost all of the...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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