Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Protecting our brains over a glass of fine wine

A helmet is hardly de rigueur cocktail wear, but when Gray Matters was the beneficiary of Red Snapper’s guest bartender largesse in June, it was what all the best-dressed guests were wearing. Gray...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

‘The neon lights are bright on Broadway’

Memories are elastic, so it would be easy to think that when I say Pops Night during Music in the Mountains this year was the best ever, it’s a matter of Neighbors columnist hyperbole. It’s not....

DATE: July 29, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Knowledge put to test to benefit arts center

It wasn’t the “What did you know? And when did you know it?” kind of grilling but the fine points of geography, literature, sports and history that were involved in Super Ted’s Super Trivia Night...

DATE: July 22, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Raves all around at Glacier Club event

Sometimes an evening seems just perfect. The most recent fortuitous occasion where all elements came together in wonderful synchronicity was at the Music in the Mountains Mana Quartet fundraiser...

DATE: July 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Thanks to Music in the Mountains supporters

Wine, supporters and song doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as wine, women and song, but the end result of Music in the Mountains’ Summer Soiree was still memorable. The event, held Sunday at...

DATE: July 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Rounding up support for kids

On Sunday, for the second year in a row, Round Up on the Animas, a fundraiser for The Liberty School, took place on one of the hottest days of the year. But since the Animas River was flowing by...

DATE: July 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Cancer touches everyone; Relay for Life helps

There is something ubiquitous about cancer. If you haven’t fought it yourself, someone you know has been down the road of surgery and/or chemotherapy and/or radiation. That’s why Relay for Life...

DATE: July 1, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Celebrating 25 years and 400 trained leaders

We come in all shapes and sizes: bankers, journalists, elected officials, nonprofit executive leaders, board members, volunteers and professionals, Girl Scout troop leaders, teachers and...

DATE: June 27, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A perfect and tuneful summer day at the lake

There are great views everywhere you look in La Plata County, but few are more beautiful than the vistas from the home of George and Joan Spicer, which overlooks Electra Lake. The couple, with the...

DATE: June 24, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A drive, a putt, $22,000 raised

It was a beautiful day on all levels when the 100 women at the Columbine Duet Golf Classic completed the event’s 20th tournament Thursday. The weather was perfect for both days of the event – not...

DATE: June 20, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

How does your garden grow? Come and see

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote a beautiful piece about what it is to succeed. Part of it read: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social...

DATE: June 17, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Arts center celebrates year of highlights

For a long time, I was not a fan of the annual meeting. Who needs another meeting, after all? But there are meetings, and then there are meetings. I’ve come to the conclusion they’re a key...

DATE: June 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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