Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Farewell to a grand Durango lady

There is no denying that when you live in a place where people want to retire, you get a lot of talented people moving in. They volunteer their time, talents and energy to our community, and we are...

DATE: June 14, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Who can ask for anything more?

Let’s see: Golf on what has to be one of the most beautiful settings in the world. A delicious picnic supper. And live music performed by promising students who are excited to attend this year’s...

DATE: June 10, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Reaching a hand out to our poorest neighbors

Sitting around the other night, feeling a tad fatigued, I looked at my calendar and emails and realized why. This place is hoppin’ in the best possible way.Whether it’s helping a friend or neighbor...

DATE: June 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Lots of ‘Pomp’ at graduation

Going back to face algebra as an adult? No thanks, even though I was pretty good at math – it’s just been a long time as my upcoming 40th high school reunion can attest. So I really get how much...

DATE: June 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Montoyas and the Elks honored at Bar D event

It’s truly the start of summer when the Bar D Chuckwagon holds its “dress rehearsal” and the community gets a chance to honor its history. (Never mind that summer solstice stuff, Memorial Day is...

DATE: May 31, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Symphony fans enjoy a tapas extravaganza

After a “Lollapalooza” of a season, San Juan Symphony supporters enjoyed a cornucopia of tapas, a plethora of music and a veritable who’s who of fellow music lovers at the Tapas Extravaganza. Held...

DATE: May 24, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Choral Society shows lighter side

For a group that generally performs some of the deepest, richest works of the choral music canon, the Durango Choral Society sure knows how to let its hair down. At its Cabaret fundraiser Saturday...

DATE: May 21, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Tuesday Lit celebrates 75th year of fun, learning

Tuesday Lit may be celebrating its diamond jubilee this year – that’s 75 to the rest of us – but it’s definitely not showing its age. The lively members are still having fun, learning and giving to...

DATE: May 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

More effective leadership means healthier nonprofits

Nonprofits are in a vulnerable place right now, between the economic downturn and a higher need than ever for services, so skilled leadership from staff members, boards and volunteers has never...

DATE: May 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Mexican dinner supports Mountain Middle charter

There were so many Cinco de Mayo activities last weekend, I doubt that anyone got away without a dip of guacamole, a sip of margarita or the spritely sound of mariachi music. Mountain Middle...

DATE: May 10, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Sweet playhouse to aid Big Brothers Big Sisters

In my day, a playhouse was a few boards nailed up in a tree or blankets draped over some chairs. But some lucky Durango kids have gotten bona fide playhouses thanks to supporters of Big Brothers...

DATE: May 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

YaYa Sisterhood gets its kicks on Route 66

From the moment guests turned into Marian Pierce’s driveway to their final farewells, there was no doubt their hostesses at the fourth annual YaYa Sisterhood Luncheon were committed to the theme of...

DATE: May 3, 2013 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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