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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Durango Chamber of Commerce to move, build new headquarters

The Durango Chamber of Commerce is moving out of its building in Santa Rita Park to make way for city of Durango staff to move in. The city plans to purchase the building from the chamber and use...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Conference to address planning ahead for life’s end

Whether you’re 18 or 70, deciding how you want to be treated in the case of a devastating injury, terminal illness or failing health is one of the most difficult tasks you will confront and one of...

DATE: April 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fort Lewis College to emphasize STEM majors to increase enrollment

Fort Lewis College has looked at the numbers in higher education and come to a conclusion: emphasizing its science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines should be the engine that...

DATE: April 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Concerto winner Rebecca Bowers to play with San Juan Youth Symphony

On Monday, the winner of a concerto competition for the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra will take the stage for her first solo with an orchestra. “This year marks the first-ever Student Concerto...

DATE: April 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fort Lewis College boosts efforts to recruit students

As Fort Lewis College anticipates an enrollment decrease again next year, staff and faculty are intensifying recruiting efforts to turn the slide around. “A large part is our gradual move to 2019...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Delayed start Tuesday for Durango High School ninth and 12th graders

Ninth and 12th graders at Durango High School get to sleep in Tuesday as 10th and 11th graders take the SAT and Preliminary SAT tests. Durango School District 9-R announced the delay Monday. The...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Room and board, fees to cost more at Fort Lewis College

Parents figuring out a budget to send their children to Fort Lewis College will have additional calculations to make. The FLC Board of Trustees on Friday approved increases in fees for room and...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New Fort Lewis College sciences building named Sitter Family Hall

Students have enjoyed the state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and study areas since January, but on Friday, the community will have its chance to check out the new geosciences, physics and...

DATE: April 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Creativity Festivity kicks off its 23rd year Thursday

When Creativity Festivity kicks off 10 days of activities this week, residents will have a chance to see Durango schools’ arts education in action. Durango School District 9-R , Animas High and...

DATE: April 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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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