Position: Herald staff writer

Email: [email protected]

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. Read More

Fort Lewis receives grants worth more than $3.5 million

Fort Lewis College will have ongoing funding worth $3.5 million over five years to boost its science, technology, engineering and math offerings, and provide support for Native American and...

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

Gold Star parents who lost child in military service to gather in Durango

They served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, National Guard, Reserves. Most were young, and all left family and friends remembering someone full of life who wanted to serve his or her...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 9-R’s departure could kill 14 to 16 San Juan BOCES jobs

As Durango School District 9-R moves to separate from the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services, the details on what the impact would be on the cooperative are emerging. The most...

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

Red Mountain Pass open to traffic after closure

Both lanes on Red Mountain Pass north of the summit reopened at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday night after experiencing periodic closures combined with one lane-alternating traffic for about six hours....

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

Lifelong Learning Series lectures bring the world to you

As the Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College kicks off its 16th year of the Lifelong Learning Series, it has organized a schedule that will transport attendees into the Middle East, back...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

Animas High senior Noah Hotchkiss speaks at White House conference

When a car crash killed his stepmother, seriously injured his brother and sister and put him in a wheelchair at the age of 11, Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss could have given up. Instead, he adopted a...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango school board endorses La Plata County road, bridge tax

If anyone has a vested interest in the quality of La Plata County ’s roads and bridges, it’s area schools. So on Wednesday, the Durango School District 9-R board endorsed the ballot initiative to...

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

State tests: Math results alarming, 9-R superintendent says

The takeaways from the plethora of test results released in Colorado over the past two weeks are: La Plata County schools are above average in some areas, doing better in many areas, worse in...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Enrollment increases, so do some class sizes

Enrollment in Durango School District 9-R is in flux for the next few weeks, but there are enough students to impact some class sizes and the budget. “A couple of class sizes are troubling,” said...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango preschool grows the youngest gardeners

Most children love digging in the dirt, and educators are taking advantage of that by including a gardening component to their curriculum in increasing numbers. Riverview , Needham and Animas...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

Water restored after sewer leak at Fort Lewis College

Welcome to the second day of classes: Water was restored at 5 p.m. Tuesday after a sewage leak at Fort Lewis College forced the shut off of most of the water on campus. The leak had tied up...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crew released from Animas Mountain brush fire

A Durango Fire Protection District crew on Monday night responded to a brush fire on Animas Mountain and quickly reported it extinguished. By 9:40 p.m., the crew was released, and the command was...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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