Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Leadership La Plata builds understanding

Unless you’ve been in a coma, you know that our country has been bitterly divided in attitudes, in geography and in beliefs over the past two years. Being inclusive has always been a hallmark of...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors: A time to thank first responders

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist First responders are around our community prepared to protect and serve, but how often do we stop to thank them for that service? The Hundred Club dedicates one...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Jim Bolen honored by Kiwanis Club of Durango

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Congratulations go to Jim Bolen, who was recently named the latest Lusche Fellow of the Kiwanis Club of Durango. The award is named for Norris Lusche, a former...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Ringing the Salvation Army bell makes the holidays bright

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist One of my favorite activities during the holidays is ringing the Salvation Army bell. My rule is to keep ringing the bell and wish everyone who walks by a “Merry...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Decorating with poinsettias for their celebrations

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Recovering from their Thanksgiving indulgences for their birthdays are Renate Widder, Bill Webbe, Ted Carr, John Geer, Sam Kidd, Karen Siegrist, Alison Epstein,...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

The Wielangs, a pioneer family, commemorated in garden

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist The next time you’re walking down the Animas River Trail behind the Durango Public Library, take a gander at the commemorative book stones in the Durango Botanical...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Thankful for these births and anniversaries

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Friends and family will be expressing gratitude these people were born this week – Jeanie Van Ausdall, Theresa Amato, Denise Day, Judith Johnson, Wayne Pratt,...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

St. Columba takes trip to the Kasbah at gala

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist There are few events in Durango planned more to the nth degree than St. Columba School’s annual gala, which is the school’s major fundraiser of the year. Before I...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

The drama, the passion of tango is coming to Concert Hall

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist At the end of October, I took a night off from the newsroom to go watch Las Migas, a group of young women from Spain who perform music inspired by flamenco and...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors: Adaptive Sports celebrates accessible recreation

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist It was standing-room-only at the Durango Adaptive Sports Association’s Harvest Gala in late October. A sold-out crowd of 144 helped the organization raise about...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors: Habitat helps provide affordable housing

The number of fundraisers held in this town has proliferated so much in the 16-plus years I’ve written Neighbors, I sometimes feel as though I can’t keep track of them all, much less write about...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Neighbors: November birthday celebrations underway

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Enjoying balmy November birthdays (it’s not often those two words are put together) are Drew Dalenberg, Ian Osby, Holly Landgren, Taylor Moore, James Plotnik,...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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