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

‘What is National Catholic Schools Week?’

Throughout this week, Catholic schools across the nation have been celebrating National Catholic Schools Week with both fun and serious activities. St. Columba is no exception.“We’ve had dress-up...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Religion

TriState CareFlight plane crash-lands in Denver

No one was injured when a TriState CareFlight crash-landed in Denver in frigid conditions earlier this week.The plane was transporting a mother and baby from Cortez to Centennial Airport in...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The pipes are calling

It is a sound that has struck terror in enemies during war and evoked tears at funerals. And even its devotees say it is an acquired taste.“I took up playing the bagpipes to get even with my...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

G-E-D spells new beginning for these grads

Illness. Pregnancy. Poverty. Crime. Whatever the reason they didn’t complete high school, young people and adults who earn a General Educational Development diploma through the Durango Adult...

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

Woman earns GED diploma at 37

It took one concerned principal at Escalante Middle School to get both 37-year-old Jamie Whitten and her 18-year-old daughter, Kayla, through the doors of the Durango Adult Education Center and...

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

Making up for lost time

He’s only 17 and graduating with a GED diploma a year ahead of his high school class. It’s quite a turnaround after being told he would have to take two extra years of high school to graduate.“I...

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

Colgan is Citizen of the Year

The mood was celebratory and heartfelt as the Durango Chamber of Commerce honored community members and businesses at its annual awards ceremony Thursday night.More than 400 people filled the...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘In the dark, praises to God’

It all started with $100. During Sunday service at First Baptist Church almost a month after the earthquake in Haiti, Don Ricedorff volunteered to take the money from Jeff Dobesh, the church’s...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘People moved out and stayed’

When the earthquake struck late afternoon Jan. 12, 2010, Durangoan Dr. Wendy Grant knew immediately how she would help. In 1956, her grandparents founded Hôpital Albert Schweitzer 90 miles from...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Voice of the San Juan Basin’

High school sports and livestock sales. Local news and community conversations. Jazz, ranchera, polka, rock and “serious” music.For 75 years, Four Corners residents have tuned in to KIUP-AM (930),...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities bust local cocaine ring

Seven people have been arrested on charges of trafficking cocaine in Durango after a 10-month investigation. Law-enforcement agents in November seized more than a kilogram of cocaine and about...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Squirrel away $18 for city’s cleanup

Durango city councilors weighed the importance of keeping Durango clean with an ever-tightening budget before deciding to add a monthly fee to pay for spring and fall cleanups Tuesday night.At...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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