Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

FLC students take Prague by storm

I never cease to be amazed by how locals shine when out in the world in large. The most recent case in point is Fort Lewis College students Shawn Yazzie , Rebecca Thill , Jesse Maloney and Joshua...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Sparks fly at Discovery Museum

Remember how fun science experiments such as creating electricity with a potato and churning butter were? Were your favorite shows "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" or "Nova"? At the risk of being...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Girls from 8 to 80 enjoy women's center night out

In an economy where everyone's pocketbooks are a little lighter than before, the "Girl's Night Out" fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center on Friday was a sellout plus. Whether you credit that...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Christmas bells, whistles ring for the Rev. Koenigsfeld

A journey that began last Christmas rolled its final rail Aug. 24. The students at St. Columba School wanted the Rev. Jim Koenigsfeld to have something special for his holiday gift and settled on...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Fishing, fun for Big Brothers Big Sisters

In a community where there is every type of fundraiser, Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Plata County has earned bragging rights on two fronts - making fishing a competitive sport locally and giving...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Zemach inspired by handholding

When Sarah Zemach, 16, writes the proverbial "What I did on my summer vacation" essay, she will inspire the rest of us to amp up our idea of how to do more with our own summer vacations.Sarah, the...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Water, veggies, blooms punctuate garden tour

Your peripatetic Neighbors columnist belongs to the Ogden Nash school of gardening: "My garden will never make me famous, I'm a horticultural ignoramus." But as my late friend Barbara Conrad once...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Rat Pack, Marilyn jazz up for toast

From the breathy voice of Marilyn Monroe (aka Dawn James) to the debonair Dean Martin (Snowdown fave Tim Maher), the Rat Pack and the 1950s added panache to Toast of the Town, a fundraiser for...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Clubs connect during official visit

Most of the time, Rotary clubs learn about their community and the world while working to make them better. During the week of Aug. 3, the four local clubs had a chance to learn more about Rotary...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

High school student has job worth salivating over

In the last couple of years, Durango High School's Culinary Team has had a lot of success in competition, winning the state championship this year and going on to Nationals.One student, who has...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Locals Kimmel and Martin celebrate five generations

Centenarians are becoming a tad more common as medical science continues to improve our shot at longevity, but even so, 106 is an august age.That's how many years Florence Taggart, who now lives in...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Violinist's future will be bright one

By my reckoning, I've got about five Music in the Mountains stories left to write, and because the musicians played the final note Sunday, I'd better get going.Since reaching adulthood, I've...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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