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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Colorado Gives Day takes place Tuesday

Your favorite nonprofit has probably been inundating you with numerous emails, postcards and other promotions as Colorado Gives Day approaches on Tuesday.December is a make-or-break time for many...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fort Lewis College determines identity in modern era

For decades, Fort Lewis College has touted itself as Colorado’s only public four-year liberal arts college, but as it reviewed its mission statement this year to determine the school’s identity in...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fort Lewis College sees uptick in graduation rates

Efforts to raise graduation rates and retain freshmen for their sophomore year are starting to pay off at Fort Lewis College.The college’s Finish in Four emphasis has led to the rate of students...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ignacio School District’s turnaround required everyone to buy in

IGNACIO – The clock was ticking on the Ignacio School District as the Colorado Department of Education told it to improve results or face sanctions such as a takeover by the state, a shift to...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango School District 9-R’s early childhood program sets example for Colorado

When Libby Culver’s phone rings, it’s just as likely to be another school district in Colorado calling for advice as it is someone in Durango School District 9-R’s early education program. That’s...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

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Hundreds gather for lighting of Durango’s Christmas Tree

Little ones may have been more excited by the horse and wagon that delivered Mr. and Mrs. Claus to Buckley Park on Friday than by the jolly fellow himself. Hundreds of people of all ages paraded...

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

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Durango Adult Education Center provides students in need with housing

For decades, schools have known kids don’t learn well if they’re hungry or homeless. It’s not any different for older students, and the Durango Adult Education Center has added housing to the ways...

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

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State approves Durango separation from San Juan BOCES

The Colorado Department of Education approved Durango School District 9-R’s request to separate from the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services on Monday.The separation allows Durango...

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

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Durango Community Thanksgiving Dinner a tradition that keeps growing

So your family won’t be around for Thanksgiving, and you don’t want to cook for just one or two. Or maybe, you don’t feel like preparing a gargantuan feast for the whole family. Perhaps you want to...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Juniper School receives startup grant

After being denied the funding last year, The Juniper School, has received a grant from the Colorado Department of Education that will allow it to open for the 2017-2018 school year.The charter...

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

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Chain law in effect on Molas Pass

The chain law was in effect for Molas and Red Mountain passes as of Thursday evening after the first major snowfall of the season hit higher elevations.The Colorado Department of Transportation is...

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

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Durango teacher Stephanie Moran honored for work in adult education

Day in and day out, Stephanie Moran teaches adults working to improve their lives through education. The high school equivalency program manager at the Durango Adult Education Center was recently...

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