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

Putting a face on human cost of immigration

Illegal immigration isn’t just a topic of discussion for politicians, it’s a complex issue that affects desperate people. Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, was at Fort Lewis College on...

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

Weather service says heavy rain is coming

Southwest Coloradans had better take their umbrellas with them today.“It looks like a slam dunk that it’s going to rain,” said meteorologist Jeff Colton with the Grand Junction Office of the...

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

Breaking bread ... locally

Chili with beef from James Ranch. Salad from Turtle Lake Refuge. Corn-green chile chowder with Olathe corn. Organic apple sauce from Wacky Apple Snacks in Hotchkiss. All ages and interests...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Moving forward

As the leaves change to gold and time marches on its inexorable way, the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is progressing steadily toward its scheduled opening in June 2011. It is an exciting...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango faith groups study immigration

Across America, people of all faiths and denominations are studying the illegal immigration issue and pushing for reform that treats all immigrants with decency and compassion. That holds true for...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

School district votes to go for mill levy

The Durango School District 9-R Board voted unanimously Tuesday to put a mill levy override question on the November ballot to raise money for staff, small class sizes and innovative programs and...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescuers look for lost bikers

Area search and rescue crews were trying to get warm clothes to two bicyclists caught in the high country Wednesday night.“This is a life-and-death situation,” Butch Knowlton, La Plata County...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local teen survives pit viper attack

A Durango girl’s trip to Costa Rica to learn Spanish turned into a life-threatening experience.Katherine Pecor, who graduated from high school in May, was hiking with a group in the Costa Rican...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rainstorms may just keep on coming

Forecasts for heavy rains and flash-flood watches and warnings will probably last into next week. “We haven’t had a good monsoon season for a few years,” said meteorologist Mike Chamberlain with...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Giving rest to the weary

There’s respite in store for the many locals caring for senior loved ones who need assistance with their daily lives.Our Place, an outreach of First United Methodist Church of Durango, will open...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Food from the trail

From the cattle drives of the 19th century to Main Avenue today, chuckwagons have been a symbol of the Old West. The La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Association began a Chuckwagon Cook-off seven...

DATE: July 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

St. Columba welcomes lay principal

Kevin C. Chick is finishing his first month on the job as principal of Saint Columba Catholic School, only the second lay principal in the school’s 128-year history. He is stepping into a position...

DATE: July 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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