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

Are you the perfectionist or peacemaker?

Whether you’re more like Martin Luther or St. Teresa of Avila, understanding your strengths and weaknesses can make your life, both spiritual and professional, more productive and fulfilling....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Run, walk to help raise money for orphanages

The sheer number of orphans in the world can be overwhelming – every 2.2 seconds, a child somewhere in the world loses a parent, and by 2015, it’s projected there will be 400 million orphans in the...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow? Really? It’s not even fall yet!

It’s not the earliest snow ever, but it’s not exactly normal, either.That’s what Joe Ramey, a meteorologist at the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service, said about Wednesday’s...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

At times, all it takes is someone to listen

Days are long and the hours often too short for pastors, who have to teach, preach, counsel, lead, marry and bury their congregants. They can’t be everywhere at once, but there’s a ministry that...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

From an author’s soul to the page conference

Many Christians feel the spirit move them, but a special few feel moved to write about their faith and beliefs.“I just write from the heart,” said Lynn Kuntz, who has published several stories in...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Training accident puts police bikes out of commission

Durango Police Department’s two motorcycles were involved in a training exercise accident at Fort Lewis College earlier this month. The bikes were damaged, but neither officer was seriously...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire damages Marvel-area home

A Fort Lewis Mesa resident’s home was partially destroyed in a fire Thursday night. There were no injuries. “The homeowner started a candle and then went outside,” Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

No injuries after boulder strikes school bus

Some Escalante Middle School students had a traumatic experience Wednesday on their way home from school.As their school bus was driving down Colorado Highway 3 during a heavy rainstorm, a small...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Moses never looked through atelescope

We could not expect Moses or other biblical figures to see the universe the same way we do today, The Rev. Michael Dowd, a guest speaker, told about 45 gathered Thursday at the Unitarian...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

The bus is leaving the station

Southwest Colorado residents will no longer be able to leave the driving to Greyhound after the bus company makes its last stop in Durango on Sept. 5.“In addition to Durango, we’ll no longer...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents sound off on redistricting divide

All kinds of concerns, from the geographical to the economic to the political, were on the table at the Colorado Reapportionment Commission public hearing Friday night at Fort Lewis College.The...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

She spun, she won, she visited Durango

When the wheel landed on a trip to Durango, and she guessed a correct letter, Jana Wisthoff was excited to win – but she didn’t quite know what to expect.“I had never heard of Durango before,” the...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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