Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Women + STEM = success

In recent years, it’s been impossible to attend the Durango Branch of the American Association of University Women’s Fall Luncheon without learning something. Fort Lewis College Modern Languages...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Under the wire and over the wall for school

Mountain Middle School students got down and dirty when it came time to raise money for a new program at the school. The program, called the Intersession, is a week-long immersion into a subject,...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Unicorns, castles and giant tree enchant

As the premier partygoer in Durango, I see a lot of cool, creative hosting. But the one event where I experience a true sense of anticipation to see what they’ve come up with this year is the St....

DATE: Oct. 31, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Being in the minority is an eye-opener

October is when the Leadership La Plata year really gets going after the retreat in September, and this year, the 27th class kicked off its year with something new. (Being established doesn’t mean...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Everyone likes a chance to get dirty

In the winter, it’s seed catalogues and dreaming, but come spring, it’s hands in the dirt, planting, weeding and enjoying the fruits of one’s labors – fresh air, fresh veggies, great taste. The...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Guests enjoy feast and Bread for Manna

Some nights, Durango is just hopping, and that was certainly the case Oct. 11. At the Powerhouse Science Center, more than 220 guests showed up at Bread for Manna, a fund-raiser for Manna Soup...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Whodunit? Therein lies the mystery

The Durango Heritage Celebration is already becoming part of history, but it was a fun weekend of dressing up, exploring our town’s history, and, oh, yeah, solving a murder mystery. On Oct. 10,...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Beauty with a heart, modeling for Manna

Talk about going bigger or going home. Last year, a group of young women put on Lights, Camera, Fashion! at the Henry Strater Theatre to raise money for Manna Soup Kitchen, and the place was...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Dogs bring home ribbons, bragging rights

While dog shows judging a canine’s conformation are fascinating, contests showcasing their agility and responsiveness to their humans are exciting. That’s even more the case when local dogs leap,...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hotter, Clark are shining Western stars

The organizers of the Cowboy Poetry Gathering had a wonderful idea when they decided to make this year’s theme “The Ranch Woman.” There will be female poets, female musicians and ranch women on...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Puttin’ on the Ritz for the sake of our kids

Durangoans turned out in all their 1920s-era finery to celebrate the Great Gatsby-themed 30th anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado on Saturday night. It was truly one of...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Gettin’ jazzy with it to support the hall

When you’re not a musician, actor, dancer or performer of some ilk, the odds of being under the spotlights on the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College are slim and none. ...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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