Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Cogs, gears and goggles abound

Getting a jump on Snowdown 2015, Durango Friends of the Arts chose steampunk as its theme for its 2014 Luncheon and Fashion Show. It was a good education and a chance to create their outfits for...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Happy birthday, Kerr House

In more than 14 years, this Neighbors gig has taken me to birthday and anniversary parties, luncheons, banquets, teas, garden parties, golf tournaments, croquet competitions, fishing and even...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hat’s off to service – and here’s to more

As far as the Vallecito Service League is concerned, any time is Derby time. Kentucky Derby, that is. On Saturday, the organization had its major bash of the year, a Run for the Roses, Kentucky...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A little rain can’t dampen Girls Night Out fun

Girls of all ages turned out for Girls Night Out, one of the big fundraisers for the Women’s Resource Center, at the end of August. That included Mother Nature – hey, she’s a girl – who brought...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

The fruit of the grape supports a safe haven

A glowing September evening, some good eats, a chance to sample red and white wines and a group united in a cause – to provide a safe place so women or men who are subjected to domestic violence...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Quilts, created with love, bring comfort to moms

Sending a child off to war is hard enough, always dealing with the worry and fear of what might happen. But losing that child brings a grief all its own. And losing a child in war brings a unique...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A bunny-lovin’ good time

Mother Nature must be a reader. There was a 60 percent chance of rain Aug. 26, when Tuesday Literary Club met at the home of Suzanne Zerbe and John Erickson (the parking guru) for the annual fall...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Kids benefit from an adult day on the water

A favorite summer pastime plus fundraising equals support for our kids though Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado. I can safely say the organization’s annual Dos Mosca Fly-Fishing...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Spot of tea? Scones for the arts

Mother Nature threatened rain but instead delivered a perfect summer day for the tea party held to benefit Durango Friends of the Arts on Aug. 9. The event was held at the home of Marilee White,...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

After 65 years, school memories still strong

After finding my 40th high school reunion a little traumatic, it was impossible not to wonder what it feels like to be at the 65th, with high school literally constituting about 5 percent of your...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A lot of fair, yummy barbecue, funding for 4-H

For many of our community’s young people, the La Plata County Fair is the culmination of a year’s hard work. Members of 4-H clubs from around the county come to show off their projects, whether...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hogans celebrate family, roots

Summer is reunion time, in large part because festivities can be held outside and also because it’s safer for people to travel. Families and old classmates come together, and the stories flow fast...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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