Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

A patriotic thanks to veterans is always in vogue

Why should all the veterans activities take place on Veterans Day? As far as Southwest Republican Women is concerned, they shouldn’t. At the organization’s luncheon Nov. 19, the theme was a...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Oh, là là! Family has intimate trip to ‘Gay Paree’

When Hope Hamilton made a commitment to taking seven of her eight grandchildren on a “trip of a lifetime” after they graduated from high school, she didn’t exactly do the math. (Her only grandson,...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Chefs’ dinner warms heart, soul and tummy

Durango is home to an amazingly talented group of chefs and restaurateurs. One night of the year, they all come together to support an important community cause. The Sexual Assault Services...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Three new to Dyslexia Hall

Believe it or not, some people are not devoted readers of Neighbors. The column is always a gripping read, of course, but it’s a lot of words for someone dealing with dyslexia. Over the past few...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Habitat to build home for a beloved brood

It’s the kind of story you see on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” only this time it’s happening here, and the recipient of the home is someone who’s putting in both sweat equity and a down...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Making a world of difference

I guess you could call it taking volunteering to a high level, make that a very high level. Not only in commitment, but literally, too, in altitude. One of the great ideas in travel in recent years...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Traveling to the land of dragons and pandas

There are parties, fêtes and celebrations, and then there are galas. The parents at St. Columba School are masters of the gala. On Saturday, they went all-out for Moonrise over Hong Kong. As I...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Creating something tasty from pasture to plate

If there’s any career that’s got legs in this fast-changing world, it’s feeding people. Everyone’s got to eat, after all. So the ProStart Program at Durango High School is a particular favorite of...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

The hottest fashions of yesteryear

There is no question women today have it pretty easy in the fashion department – except for the pantyhose, Spanx and high heels, of course – after seeing what our Victorian foremothers had to deal...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Cliff’s Poochapalooza inspires tail-wagging

The rule of thumb for birthday celebrations when it comes to children, I’ve heard, is to invite as many guests as the age of the child. But Darla Cliff threw that rule out the window when her house...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Community clinic reaches out to serve all

While the health care debate rages on and on and on, a group of concerned residents saw a health-care hole in La Plata County and found a way to fill it. Supporters of the La Plata Community Clinic...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Europe won’t be the same after singers’ visit

What do Durango, New York City and Croatia have in common? If you answered Linda Mack Berven, music director of the Durango Choral Society, you win the (Big) Apple. Mack Berven, professor emerita...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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