Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Durangoans give generously to a wounded warrior

Many people have yellow ribbons on their vehicles or in their windows to support our troops who are fighting in two wars, but they would like to do something more concrete. On Feb. 6, they got...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Eight years, $250,000 and lots of good works

One local is thrilled to be $5,000 richer this week. Britney Hanson was the holder of the lucky numbers at the running of the Red Ball Express, which was held Saturday at Purgatory at Durango...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Happy New Year, Chinese style

It was a little early but still lots of fun when Suzanne Parker and Tom Doak invited friends to a Chinese New Year feast at their Florida Mesa home. Parker, who loves to cook a variety of...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Book club marks holiday in January

Let's face it, December can be crazy. Endless parties, shopping, cards, family and social occasions galore - who has time to enjoy them all? While the members of the Tuesday Literary Club...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Friends of the Arts puts fun in fundraising activities

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Durango Friends of the Arts has more fun raising money than any group I know. For Snowdown, they took on two challenges. First, Julie Simmons , who...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Students honored for their leadership

As an unabashed cheerleader for this area, nothing makes me happier than getting to showcase some of the outstanding young people who are growing up in La Plata County. The Rotary Club of...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Rotarians helping to keep folks warm in cold winter

As it snows, snows, snows, freezes, freezes, freezes and then snows some more, there are some La Plata County residents who are staying warm courtesy of Durango Daybreak Rotary Club and Western...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

FLC will celebrate King with fundraising for Haiti

With scenes of unimaginable tragedy unfolding on the television screen, it's impossible to write about all the funstuff that's been happening in our community. Instead, I want to write about how...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Lot of birthday partying goin' on

Some bowed and others curtsied. Ernie Norris informed the birthday boy sporting the large velvet crown he “had no margarine today." Those of us old enough to recognize a man in a crown as the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Leadership students focus on diversity

It's hard to convey how interesting and fun a class in Leadership La Plata can be because the focus is usually on the topic more than the process. But the class about business in La Plata...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2010 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Christmas trees give much joy for good cause

Whether it hails from pagan ritual or Christian symbolism, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree never fails to delight. Community Connections Inc. has certainly found that to be true at its...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Santa Claus made Christmas party merry for all

While Santa Claus is checking his list to see who's been naughty and nice, I've been checking mine to make sure I haven't missed any important stories. Let's just say I hope the jolly old soul...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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