Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Locals get to know Venice while stranded by volcano

It's always interesting how something you see on the news about an event that is taking place half a world away affects someone you know. The event in this case is the eruption of...

DATE: May 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Towering cottonwood tree honored by Colorado

It's a frequent occurrence in Neighbors when I award someone bragging rights. But in this instance, it's the state of Colorado that is telling the residents on Silverton Avenue that they can...

DATE: May 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Durango Fiesta Days gears up for diamond jubilee

In the days before Durango had a Day Planner that can run 30 events, summer centered on the Spanish Trails Fiesta, which became the Navajo Trails Fiesta and is now Durango Fiesta Days. It was...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Woman uses bikes to help rebuild health and lives

Imagine having a lifetime spent in fear of violence, being diminished mentally and physically by the people who are supposed to love you the most. And then escaping, gathering your courage up in...

DATE: April 28, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Fashion show a dance back in time

There are certain things one comes to expect from spring in Durango - crocuses emerging after a hard winter, tennis players hitting their first balls of the season and the historical fashion...

DATE: April 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Three decades of success at FLC are Sharp's legacy

Her smiling face, a brain teeming with the facts and network of Fort Lewis College and a genuinely giving personality are all reasons Peggy Sharp will be remembered when she retires at the end...

DATE: April 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Rotary's gambling hall, saloon evoke Old West at fundraiser

While Bat Masterson, Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty were no-shows, there were a lot of Old West characters at “The High Noon Saloon and Gambling Hall." The event, organized by High Noon Rotary...

DATE: April 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

10 years Milestones Fundraisers Fêtes in Durango

The headline read - The scoop on the real people: Ann Butler's début. The date was April 22, 2000, which means I am coming up on a decade as our community's chronicler. Here's a look back over...

DATE: April 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Community gives Myers family a much-needed financial boost

As someone who knows about medical problems and the ensuing financial stresses, my heart goes out to Danny and Sandy Myers . Both suffer from autoimmune disorders - he with multiple sclerosis...

DATE: April 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Talk about seeing the world - locals visit Asia

Jim and Willa Beatty have spent recent years seeing the world one region at a time. I've enjoyed hearing about their travels, from skiing in Europe to seeing Antarctica and a journey to South...

DATE: April 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Jewelry designers gear up for charity sale

They were the Beady Eyed Babes and started by stringing beads and jewels and selling the results for charity. Now, five years later, the jewelry designers have learned skills from metal casting...

DATE: April 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

There's no friendship like a Ya-Ya Sisterhood

The group that has the most fun raising money of any nonprofit in town is the Durango Friends of the Arts. On Monday, some creative and energetic members knocked it out of the park at a Ya-Ya...

DATE: March 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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