Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Hammering away for good cause

If you've been to Kroeger's Ace Hardware or south City Market in the last month, you've seen it - the charming playhouse that can be won this afternoon during the Homes with Heart fundraiser for...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Project Linus keeps people warm in their darkest hours

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. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Community reaches out to young cancer patient

Anyone who has read a newspaper in the last year knows about the plight of uninsured and underinsured Americans. Jack Treinen 's family has learned first-hand about the cost of being...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Society celebrates 30 years and thousands of years

After a promise not to be pot hunters, the San Juan Basin Archaeological Society was granted its charter by theColorado Archaeological Society in 1979.It is now the largest chapter in the state,...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Pearthree surprises husband on 67th

They got married amid World War II in bitterly cold Duluth, Minn., and 67 years later, they are preparing to celebrate their 67th anniversary on Dec. 19 in cold - but not bitterly so - Durango. ...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Animas High School raises spirits and makes friends

It's not often - in fact this is the first time in my experience - I receive an invitation quoting Maya Angelou.That was consistent, however, with the unique approach Animas High School is taking...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Old friends remember school days

They grew up in post-World-War-II Durango, playing catch on East Third Avenue and hollering to each other when every once in a while a car was coming. In the summer, they gulped their suppers so...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Visit by Lance Armstrong was about more than cycling

Much was made about seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong's visit to Durango on Oct. 20, the premiere ofthe film “Race Across the Sky" about his training and victory at the 2009...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Salomon honored for support of Women's Resource Center

One of the things that has kept Durango a real community - and one of the things that makes me most proud of my hometown - is a commitment to volunteering. Whether the cause is feeding the...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Fond memories recalled, Duncan feted at Gala

It's hard to imagine now, the days when Ray Duncan and a group of people who loved to ski navigated governmentbureaucracy - the Forest Service and Small Business Administration - a rainy summer and...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

AIDS benefit helps provide support for our neighbors

It's been more than 20 years since the AIDS epidemic began, and people are still battling it and its precursor, HIV.Unlike the early days, when a diagnosis was a death sentence, there are now drugs...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Habitat for Humanity creates community while building homes

No matter what cause they're volunteering for, most people do it to make a difference in their community. That's certainly the case for volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, which helps people who...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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