Ann Butler

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

About: Journalism is a second career for Ann, who began her professional life in new product development for American companies expanding their business overseas, ... giving her the opportunity to live in several countries in Europe and Latin America. She is a Durango native who joined The Durango Herald in her mid-40s as the Neighbors columnist in 2000 and enjoys helping to build community by reporting on the nonprofit, service club and human interest stories in La Plata County. In 2004, she became a full time staff writer and columnist. Wearing many hats, she also covers the education beat, weather and breaking news as well as writing features for the Religion Page and other parts of the paper. For more than 10 years, she was on the obituary beat, helping families tell the life stories of people connected to Southwest Colorado who had died. One of many members of the Herald staff who contributed to the Herald's Sigma Xi Award for coverage of the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002, Ann has won a plethora of awards from the Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters and the Society of Professional Journalists. Ann enjoys the arts, reading, playing bridge and Scrabble and exploring the history and natural wonders of Southwest Colorado.

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FLC announces new dean of Arts & Sciences

Jesse Peters will be the new dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, a Fort Lewis College official announced Wednesday. “I want to thank our search committee for doing a fabulous job,” said Barbara...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Fort Lewis College presents workshop to help women negotiate first salaries

The Office of Fort Lewis College President Dene Thomas has purchased a license to offer Start Smart workshops from the American Association of University Women. The workshops teach women entering...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Two District 9-R schools to welcome new principals in 2017-2018

Students returning to two Durango School District 9-R schools in August will find new principals at the helm, but they’ll be familiar faces. Vicki Trousdale, who has been assistant principal at...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Student project will save money at Durango High School

A DECA Club project at Durango High School was put into action this week when LED light bulbs were installed in the school’s entryway, with more to come for the building and parking lot. Seniors...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Testing awaits Durango students after spring break

All students can think about now is how much they want to go on spring break, which starts after the bell rings Friday afternoon for students in La Plata County. But when they return, they won’t...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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School District 9-R endorses keeping fluoride in water

The Durango School District 9-R board waded into the fluoride debate Tuesday night, endorsing keeping the mineral in the city of Durango’s water. The issue will go to city voters as ordinance 1A ....

DATE: March 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Steven Elias selected to be Fort Lewis College business dean

Fort Lewis College has selected Steven Elias to be the new dean of the School of Business Administration. Elias will take over for Interim Dean Paul McGurr this summer. “We all agree that Dr. Elias...

DATE: March 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Durango High School DECA members win at state

Eight Durango High School students qualified to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference after excelling at the Colorado DECA Conference. DECA is a club for emerging leaders...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Southwest Colorado students test hands-on skills

More than 30 students from across the region descended on Durango High School on Friday to show what they could do in a SkillsUSA-sponsored competition. SkillsUSA focuses on career and...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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School District 9-R hires behavioral health coordinator

Durango School District 9-R has added a behavioral-health coordination piece to its student support services in an ongoing effort to help youth become better able to learn. “The research is very...

DATE: March 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Three Durango 9-R schools honored by state

Three Durango School District 9-R elementary schools were honored for growth or excellence by the Colorado Department of Education on Wednesday. “Our staff and students work hard every day to...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

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Fort Lewis College scores on Fulbright Scholars

When Fort Lewis College announced it had three professors accepted as Fulbright Scholars for the 2016-2017 school year, the administration knew it was a large number for a small school. Now, the...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news