Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Snowdown: ‘Where the Wild Things Were’

Snowdown is always wild, but this year, with the “Safari So Good” theme, it epitomized Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. (What, you’re surprised to find a literary reference in...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

How do you spell ...? Animas High brags

It was another match of the word geeks as 13 teams took on the challenge of Snowdown Spellebration on Wednesday at the Henry Strater Theatre. It was all in good fun, but tensions ran high as...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Asking some tough questions

Was someone you love murdered? Or did someone you love commit murder? Unless you’re in one of those camps, the subject of the death penalty probably doesn’t come up often in conversation. But maybe...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Master’s program offers sabbatical Down Under

It was quite an undertaking when the University of Denver decided to open a master’s program for social work in Durango. And no one saw that more intimately than Wanda Ellingson, the Durango-based...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Taking time to say thank you

One of my annual New Year’s resolutions is to make my friends and family a higher priority in my life. The staff members at Sunshine Gardens West apparently agree with that goal, and they beat me...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Agnew honored as Volunteer of the Year by WRC

There were a lot of high notes at the Women’s Resource Center’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, but perhaps the highest was when Shauna Agnew was named Volunteer of the Year. Program Director Christy...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Salsa-ing into New Year for Boys and Girls Club

Some people partied hearty New Year’s Eve and went to bed in the wee hours. Others decided to end 2013 and start 2014 by learning something new. And when doing that while raising money for a good...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A truly ornamental party for the holidays

While the holidays bring a flurry of parties, it’s hard to beat the Tuesday Literary Club’s annual Christmas bash for sheer fun (and good food). The party took place Dec. 10 at the home of Kathy...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoys some Seasons

Sometimes a local business seems to have been here forever, and sometimes it has made Durango its own more recently. In the case of Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, it has been 19 years, and to...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Home for the holidays never looked so good

On Sunday, you’ll get to see what I think are some of the great light displays in La Plata County in The Durango Herald, but as I was driving around trying to figure out the sources of the elusive...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hankering for holiday recipes

It’s the time of year when folks are pulling out the cookbooks and recipe cards and getting ready to bake some holiday treats. Many of us have holiday baking traditions – I often make my mother’s...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus is comin’ to our town

Believe it or not, Christmas is a scant three weeks away today, and the time to get in the holiday spirit is now. With such a late Thanksgiving, the season is compacted, but there are still plenty...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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