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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Governor appoints trustees to Fort Lewis College board

The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees will have some new faces come 2017. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Dianne Pacheco-Van Voorhees and Richard Kaufman to fill the seats vacated by Chairwoman...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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State education board looks toward test change

Tests may be the last thing on students’ or teachers’ minds during winter break, but testing is on the agenda for the Colorado Board of Education, which wants a revision of its Colorado Measures of...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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White Christmas brings icy roads, canceled flights

While Durangoans woke up to a postcard Christmas, snowplow crews for the city of Durango, La Plata County and the Colorado Department of Transportation were on the job starting in the early morning...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Residence Inn pool boiler causes carbon monoxide evacuation in Durango

A pool boiler emitting carbon monoxide at the Residence Inn on Tuesday night led to an evacuation of the hotel and hospitalization of two boys. “I don’t know exactly when the boys were released...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Will Durango wake up to a white Christmas?

The beautiful weather during the day Christmas Eve belied the precipitation predicted to begin falling Saturday night. “A winter weather advisory is in effect in Durango, and we’re expecting the...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New FLC science and engineering building will ‘rocket us forward’

After $35.3 million and 10 years of planning, lobbying the state and construction, Fort Lewis College students will finally be able to pursue learning in the state-of-the art Geosciences, Physics...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Mother of T.C. Rockwell donates chocolate in his memory

The holidays are a dark time for a mother who recently lost her son, but Kylie Joles knew chocolate would bring some light to a group of students at the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County. The...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Red Mountain Pass remains closed

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Saturday afternoon that Red Mountain Pass is likely to remain closed through Sunday. “There is low visibility and blowing snow north of the...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Red Mountain pass closed overnight, Wolf Creek reopens

About 8 p.m. Friday, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced Wolf Creek Pass had reopened. Shortly thereafter, it announced Red Mountain Pass will remain closed overnight. Red Mountain...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cold air expected to chill Durango after soggy Friday

While the precipitation is forecast to end late morning Saturday, drivers heading out for winter break should bundle up as they are likely to find winter travel conditions throughout the day. At...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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GED provides start to a new life

The Durango Adult Education Center graduated 20 new GED-diploma recipients during a ceremony Thursday night. This class brings the number of GED diplomas granted to 555 over the last decade, and...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rockslide on Colorado Highway 151A may cause delays

According to the scanner, Colorado Highway 151A experienced a rockslide Thursday night. The slide occurred near mile marker 21 north of Arboles at about 8:45 p.m. No further information about size...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News