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

Illuminating the Song of Songs

Congregation Har Shalom member Susan Sheely was a dance leader with Dances of Universal Peace for 12 years, where she choreographed to chants from spiritual truths around the world.“It’s only since...

DATE: April 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Philosophy, algebra, oranges and forceps

A recent study appalled Durango resident Dennis Aronson, who has lived in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.“It said the majority of Americans see little or nothing to admire in Islam or the...

DATE: April 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Not couture

The invitation reads “Durango formal.” But what does that mean in the “Least Fashion Conscious Town in America,” as Durango was once dubbed by a national publication? Is it a clean pair of jeans or...

DATE: April 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Advocacy all-star

IGNACIO – By studying both animal behavior and her own, Temple Grandin has become a leader in livestock handling and an advocate for people with autism and other learning disabilities.The...

DATE: March 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Period of reflection begins

All the festivities of Carnival and Mardi Gras leading up to Ash Wednesday this week kicked off one of the most important periods of the Christian calendar – Lent.“It’s a time of penitence and...

DATE: March 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Cooley a ‘spiritual rock’

He has been credited with reaching out to other faiths, welcoming gays and lesbians and playing a pivotal role on the national stage of his denomination. And after 16 years, the Rev. Andrew Cooley,...

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

Oklahoma family injured in wreck on Wolf Creek

An Oklahoma City pastor and his family were involved in a serious accident Monday night on Wolf Creek Pass.Around 7 p.m., Lenniere Victorian, 31, of Texas, was driving a semi-truck hauling asphalt...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prius-size boulder crashes through townhome

A boulder the size of a Prius rolled down Animas City Mountain and crashed through a townhouse at Merced de las Animas on Tuesday. No one was injured, including the family pet, but the townhome was...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

How can people kill others in name of faith?

Millions of people were killed in the 20th century in the name of faith, ethnicity or political belief. Even as genocide continues today in places such as Darfur and Uganda, people still ask...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

Deep in the vaults

The Center of Southwest Studies is like an iceberg – whatever is on display at any given moment is just a small fraction of the items the center owns.But “Treasures Unveiled,” an exhibit selected...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Paying homage

More than 20 years in the making, the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is just months away from opening. And architect Johnpaul Jones from Seattle is happy with how it’s coming along.“The...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brandon Stone, former Bayfield resident, dies

Former Bayfield resident and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Jay Stone died Jan. 30, 2011, at his home in Norfolk, Va., where he was stationed. The cause of death is undetermined at this time....

DATE: Feb. 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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