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

Controlled burn smolders, burns barn on County Road 216

Firefighters from more than five fire districts responded to a controlled grass fire that burned a barn after the homeowner thought it was out on Saturday afternoon. The fire burned about...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

UPDATE: Recent Durango graduate still critical after being injured in crash

A Durango man remained in critical condition Saturday evening in a Denver hospital after rolling his truck northeast of Durango on Thursday afternoon. Michael O’Neill, 18, was taken to Mercy...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Twin Buttes entrance won’t be done when Animas High School starts year

With the start of classes less than two weeks away, Animas High School’s new entrance off U.S. Highway 160 will probably not be ready in time for the first day of classes. The contractor has said...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango High School Aerospace Team continues streak

The Durango High School Aerospace Team did it again. On Tuesday, the team took second place at the International Space Settlement Design Competition held at the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando,...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas running high after storms

The heavy storms going through the area Friday impacted not only traffic on the ground but traffic in the air. At about 9:30 p.m., the runway edging lighting at Durango-La Plata County Airport went...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King Mine spill recovery better in some areas than others

The full impact of the Gold King Mine spill on Aug. 5, 2015, may not be known for years on any front, and recovery is far from over. And some of that isn’t environmental, governmental or economic –...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College computer engineering major approved by state

Before Fort Lewis College could offer its new computer engineering major in 2017, it had to receive approval from the state. On Thursday, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved the...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

9-R school tax increase campaign receives $25,000 from donor

The committee working to pass the tax increase for Durango School District 9-R, Animas High and Mountain Middle schools is starting with two distinct advantages: a survey showed a 58 percent...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Supporters organize for 9-R tax increase ballot measure

With only 74 days to go until ballots are mailed out in Colorado, supporters of the Durango School District 9-R tax increase are organizing a campaign to encourage voters to approve the measure. ...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College donor mystery solved: He was a Durango kid

When Fort Lewis College received a bequest of $385,000 from the estate of George Oliver Tiffany to endow scholarships, gift officers had questions: Who was George Oliver Tiffany? Why was he leaving...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mystery donor leaves $385,000 bequest to Fort Lewis College

It’s not exactly money from heaven, but why George Oliver Tiffany left a gift of $385,000 to Fort Lewis College for scholarships and why it arrived more than 30 years after his death is anybody’s...

DATE: July 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Blue Angel speaking to benefit Kuss scholarship

Almost two months after Capt. Jeff Kuss' death while practicing maneuvers with the famed Blue Angels, his life continues to be honored. The Durango-born Marine pilot died June 2 near an airport...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

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