Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Dining for Music in the Mountains

Every year, it seems as though Music in the Mountains begins with a fundraiser on a Sunday night in July and merges right into a marathon of wonderful music and great socializing.This year, in a...

DATE: June 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Rain, cold don't stop Alternative Horizons supporters

The temperature dropped. The rain fell, stopped and fell again and again. But the weather didn't stop supporters of Alternative Horizons from attending the organization's fourth annual Wine and...

DATE: June 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Cool day offers hot eats

On June 6, the grills were hot and the day was pleasant for Men Who Grill, with 20 teams sharing their best recipes.I continue to have an unbroken chain of having judged Men Who Grill, and this...

DATE: June 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Fred Kroeger gets roasted by community leaders

People admire Fred Kroeger so much that even some Democrat friends came to honor him at the Southwest Republican Women's Roast.Held Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel, the evening was, as Master of...

DATE: June 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Red, white and blue baking raises money, support

There are some groups that are patriotic every day of the year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and, though it might not be reflected in the name, the Daughters of the American...

DATE: June 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Durango Elks dust off treasures from attic for museum

Cleaning out the attic never yielded such treasures. When Suzanne Ernst, Adele Nielson and Brett and Lori Rundquist decided to see what was up in the attic of the Benevolent & Protective Order of...

DATE: June 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Women don playful headwear to support their friend

Durango was declared the least fashion-conscious town in America by USA Today, a title we claim with glee and celebrate every year during Snowdown's Do's and Don'ts Luncheon.We were not declared...

DATE: May 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Marine captain welcomed home with hugs and flags

Several years ago, I wrote about the commissioning of Marine Lt. Chris Larson. He is the son of Gene and Dorothy "Dot" Larson, and they held a reception to honor their son at Fort Lewis College to...

DATE: May 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Blue Star Moms remember fallen

Some see this weekend as the official start to summer. Others as a great excuse for a barbecue. And in Durango, it marks one of the biggest events of the year, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.But...

DATE: May 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Family healing from attack by rabid bobcat in Arizona

Some of you may have seen this story on CNN, but didn't realize that it had any connection to Southwest Colorado. It's an object lesson for all of us as we're spending more time outdoors with...

DATE: May 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Courtesy of Jonas Grushkin/Photogenesis

The female members of the Durango High School Class of 2009 gathered at the Henry Strater Theatre on Wednesday for a tea signifying their rite of passage into adulthood.A group of organizing...

DATE: May 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Health Care Center goes back in time

Ah, Mother's Day. Maybe breakfast in bed or a trip out for brunch. Flowers, cards, phone calls. The lucky mothers at Four Corners Health Care Center enjoyed a prequel to the big day on Friday with...

DATE: May 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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