Position: Special to the Herald

Email: smcmillin@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4548

About: Sue has more than 35 years of reporting and editing experience in the daily news business. She spent much of her career at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, including stints as a military affairs reporter, education reporter, assistant city editor, city editor and news director. She joined the Herald as city editor in December 2015. She has received two fellowships through the East-West Center in Honolulu, participating in the Senior Journalists Seminar in 2011 and the Pakistan-U.S. Journalists Exchange in 2014. She has received state, regional and national awards for her work, and holds a journalism degree from Michigan State University. Read More

The great getaway: Start planning your summer adventures in Colorado

No matter how long you’ve lived in Colorado and how much you love it, I’ll bet there still are places you haven’t explored. I’ve lived here 40-plus years and continue to discover awesome places...

DATE: March 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

These cookies cut the sweetness in favor of savory flavor

Over the years, I’ve continually decreased the amount of sugar I use in cookies and other baked goods. So it was only a matter of time before I discovered savory cookies. Cheesy thumbprint cookies...

DATE: March 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Yes, this is Colorado: Discover canyons, grasslands and chilling history in state’s southeastern corner

The eastern third of Colorado, some joke, might as well be part of Kansas or Oklahoma. The undulating plains are marked by relentless heat waves in the summer and bitter winds in the winter....

DATE: March 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Millennials bring new takes on holiday meals

A few years ago, I gave both my millennial daughters cookbook albums with family recipes – most handwritten on recipe or note cards, including a few in the hand of their grandmother or...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Preservation effort targets legendary cattleman’s historic barn

Stories of legendary cattleman Charles Goodnight have been told and told again, perhaps most famously as the inspiration for Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove.” The former Texas Ranger is recognized...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Searching for the golden larch tree high in the Northwest

You can spot the gold of the larch trees high on the eastern and northern Cascades in Washington. But to really see them, to feel their softness and breathe in their scent, you must hike. Up. And...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

Thousands of people visit Pueblo in August or September every year to attend the Colorado State Fair and the Chile and Frijoles Festival. Those are great events, but if visitors don’t take in...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Atomic New Mexico: Exploring the origins of America’s radioactive history

In December 1942, Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered the director of the remote Los Alamos Ranch School in northern New Mexico to shut down the elite school. Stimson wrote in a letter that the...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

Nearly 26 million people took a cruise in 2017, and passenger numbers are expected to top 27 million this year. Some of those folks, though, are counted more than once. On a recent 11-day cruise on...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

A river cruise through the heart of Russia

A trip along the mighty Volga River in Russia provides an incredible history lesson – whether about conquering tsars and invading armies, quests for a waterway from the Baltic Sea to the Caspian...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

Pack burro racing is not about the fastest burro, or the fastest human. It’s about the team – and, really, mostly about the burro. “A burro race starts in the pasture,” said Brad Wann, spokesman...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

On the trail of Colorado’s birds

“There’s a hawk, left side.” Necks twisted and eyes strained into the gray sky. The bus immediately slowed, then stopped. “What is it?” “Where’d it go?” The hawk soared in front of the school bus,...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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