Position: Herald staff writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Filling the purse to keep Colorado girls in school

More than 8,000 girls in grades seven through 12 dropped out of school in Colorado in the school year 2006-07, the most recent year calculated by the Colorado Department of Education.Studies have...

DATE: May 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Friends of the Arts bowl a strike

Whether they knocked down all the pins for a strike or watched their balls roll into the gutter, the attendees at Bowling for Durango Friends of the Arts all scored a plethora of laughs April...

DATE: May 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Fun rules at garden club meeting

Lots of groups make this a better place to live. But three clubs, all members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Colorado, make it a more beautiful place to live.The Durango High Country Gardeners...

DATE: May 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Plaintive strains liven Chinese-music program

From the Academy Award-winning movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to innumerable kung fu movies, films that are set in China have one instrument in common, the erhu.A two-stringed instrument...

DATE: April 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

FLC scholarship funds benefit from generous bidders

There are certain rites of spring in Durango. Daffodils bloom, bears come out of hibernation and the annual "TLC for FLC" fundraiser is held.The Fort Lewis College Foundation's largest fundraiser...

DATE: April 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Methodist Thrift Shop celebrates four decades of service

How many tons of clothes, toys, books and other treasures the Methodist Thrift Shop has sold in its 40 years is anybody's guess. One thing is for sure - it's a community institution that makes a...

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Victorian era comes alive at Henry Strater Theatre

On Thursday, the industrious members of Mrs. Camp's Town Ladies and Gents put on their annual fashion show at the Henry Strater Theatre in front of a packed house. The theme was "The World of...

DATE: April 18, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Durangoans get intimate look at Egypt

A number of Durangoans have traveled to Egypt in the last couple of years, but I doubt many of them had the insider tour that a group of six had with Carmen "Kiki" Youssef as their guide.Youssef,...

DATE: April 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Rotary celebrates 80 years of fun, service to community

For eight decades, the men and women of the Rotary Club of Durango have served our community and made a difference in the world.On Tuesday, the club celebrated its 80th birthday at the Henry...

DATE: April 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Modern women master their horse-driving skills

Before I begin, just let me make one caveat. I am a townie, through and through. So as it often says at the beginning of novels after a long list of experts, any mistakes are the author's fault and...

DATE: April 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

All bets are on for High Noon Rotary's casino night

Locals may be curtailing their travels to Las Vegas to save their greenbacks, but the roulette wheel was spinning, the dice were tumbling and the cards were being dealt at High Noon Rotary Club's...

DATE: April 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Beebes celebrate 5 decades together with surprise party

It was supposed to be a routine evening of couples' bridge at the home of Willa and Jim Beatty. When Franklyn "Bud" and Sandra Beebe arrived, they saw the cars of the fellow bridge enthusiasts they...

DATE: March 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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