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Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

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Sizzlin’ hot, delicious fun at Men Who Grill

The sizzle of the grills, the fragrance of roasting meat, the smiling faces of hundreds of people. It could only be Men Who Grill, one of the main fundraisers for the Women’s Resource Center. More...

DATE: June 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

More than just a glass of red, white or rosé

Mea culpa, also known as “confession time.” I have to admit that I pretty much only go to events if a) I have to go for Neighbors or b) a close friend is throwing a party. There’s only so much of...

DATE: June 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

And they’re off! Locals enjoy the Derby

Being 1,350 miles away from Churchill Downs was no obstacle to enjoying the Kentucky Derby for about 75 Durangoans on May 3. Who doesn’t love a chance to wear a big hat and down a mint julep or...

DATE: May 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Music in the Mountains now means cool jazz

Now entering its 28th year, Music in the Mountains has been expanding the types of music it offers for several years, and now the organization is adding a jazz series to the mix. On April 30, the...

DATE: May 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

FLC gets some fundraising lovin’

State funding goes down, costs and tuition go up. What’s a poor student to do? When it comes to the students and faculty at Fort Lewis College, it’s the community to the rescue. About 215 people...

DATE: May 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Jerry McCaw honored as Cattleman of the Year

It may have been raining and snowing in the middle of calving and lambing season (yes, even the sheep folks are welcome, too), but nothing stops the members and friends of the La Plata-Archuleta...

DATE: April 29, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

5-month-old Liam has rough welcome to world

Five months ago, Liam Blake Maddox arrived to a family overjoyed to welcome their newest member. His mom and dad, Paul Maddox and Jaci Wright, are a Durango love story. They met while attending...

DATE: April 25, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Madonna, Batman and friends bowl for Big Brothers

When Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado was founded in 1984, we “really, really liked” Sally Field, Madonna was recalling what it felt to be “Like a Virgin,” “Ghostbusters” was the top...

DATE: April 22, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Daddys’ little girls dance night away

What woman doesn’t remember those first dance steps taken on her father’s feet, his strong arms guiding her to the music? (That may not be happening as much these days. But in my day, and I’m...

DATE: April 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

DHS students have dreams of Pulitzers dancing in their heads

There’s no telling what the journalism world will look like in 25 years. But if people still value in-depth reporting, fact checking and good storytelling, the students who are studying with...

DATE: April 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hard to tell the big winners at Casino Night

If you can’t make it to the exotic, glamorous life of international casinos, High Noon Rotary Club of Durango will bring it you. Members held their annual Casino Night on Saturday at the DoubleTree...

DATE: April 8, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Raising guide dogs for the blind

The green jackets are hard to miss. Durango loves its dogs, but the puppies wearing the green jackets are just passing through on their way to becoming guides for blind people. It’s a work of love...

DATE: April 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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