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

Community action will speak louder than words

Most churches would panic a little at the thought of an empty sanctuary on Sunday morning. But for First United Methodist Church of Durango, an empty sanctuary next weekend will mean success.“The...

DATE: May 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Where the beauty contestants slobber

CORTEZ – From familiar breeds such as German shepherds, golden retrievers and beagles to the more rare Havanese, schipperkes and Kuvaszes, dog lovers can get their fill at the Durango Kennel Club’s...

DATE: May 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter just won’t give way to spring

It’s the third week of May, tulips, daffodils and crocuses – the first harbingers of spring – have been blooming for weeks and now we get snow? For the third week in a row?“No one was putting the...

DATE: May 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual cycling event Iron Horse lives up to its ‘classic’ title

Four different start locations. Three different finish lines. New U.S. Highway 550 routes. Better asphalt. Open versus closed highways. Young up-and-coming racers. Middle-aged male riders. As the...

DATE: May 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos man dies in mountain biking accident

A Mancos man was killed in a mountain biking accident on Monday near Cortez.Steven Ludemann, 66, died while riding the popular Phil’s World trail system just east of Cortez.“He was an avid mountain...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

To remember always

With a “ta-da” and a welcoming circle, the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum will open to the public on Saturday. It’s a project that has been 20 years and $38 million in the making.“The...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pagosa church solidifies ties to John Paul

The Catholic Church has had a presence in Pagosa Springs since 1873, but next weekend marks the first time Pagosa residents are celebrating the beatification of a namesake.Pope John Paul II was...

DATE: May 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Community to meet for prayer

For the last six decades, since President Harry Truman proclaimed a National Day of Prayer, Americans of all faiths and denominations have gathered to ask for, among other things, peace, wisdom for...

DATE: April 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

The county Civil War vets built

As Americans looked back at the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War this week, local history lovers are pointing to the major influence both Union and Confederate veterans had on the...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

A roll call of vets

Between 200 and 300 veterans of the Civil War settled in La Plata County, coming as farmers, ranchers, businessmen, miners, prospectors, lawyers, doctors and more than a few scoundrels. Much more...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

From artist to surgeon to soldier

Many veterans could date the course of their lives from before and after the Civil War. Such was the case of James J. Heffernan.Before the war, this native New Yorker traveled to England with his...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vet who started newspaper was ‘Letterman of the 1870s’

David Frakes Day lied about his age and entered the Civil War as an illiterate 15-year-old. During his more than three years in the Union Army, he was promoted to chief scout in the 57th Ohio...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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