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

Three Durango 9-R schools honored by state

Three Durango School District 9-R elementary schools were honored for growth or excellence by the Colorado Department of Education on Wednesday. “Our staff and students work hard every day to...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

Fort Lewis College scores on Fulbright Scholars

When Fort Lewis College announced it had three professors accepted as Fulbright Scholars for the 2016-2017 school year, the administration knew it was a large number for a small school. Now, the...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Manna shortens name, broadens mission in Durango

There was no big announcement or rollout, but Manna Soup Kitchen has changed its name, logo and mission to reflect what the organization is today. Now simply Manna , the name shift came after the...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Center of Southwest Studies receives $25,000 grant

With the help of a $25,000 grant, the Center of Southwest Studies will open its new permanent Treasures of the Southwest exhibit Wednesday. The grant was awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation, which...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College identifies dean finalists

Fort Lewis College needs to fill its two dean positions before the 2017-18 school year starts, and three finalists for each position will be visiting campus over the next week to meet with...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Governor appoints trustees to Fort Lewis College board

The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees will have some new faces come 2017. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Dianne Pacheco-Van Voorhees and Richard Kaufman to fill the seats vacated by Chairwoman...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

State education board looks toward test change

Tests may be the last thing on students’ or teachers’ minds during winter break, but testing is on the agenda for the Colorado Board of Education, which wants a revision of its Colorado Measures of...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

White Christmas brings icy roads, canceled flights

While Durangoans woke up to a postcard Christmas, snowplow crews for the city of Durango, La Plata County and the Colorado Department of Transportation were on the job starting in the early morning...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residence Inn pool boiler causes carbon monoxide evacuation in Durango

A pool boiler emitting carbon monoxide at the Residence Inn on Tuesday night led to an evacuation of the hotel and hospitalization of two boys. “I don’t know exactly when the boys were released...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Durango wake up to a white Christmas?

The beautiful weather during the day Christmas Eve belied the precipitation predicted to begin falling Saturday night. “A winter weather advisory is in effect in Durango, and we’re expecting the...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

New FLC science and engineering building will ‘rocket us forward’

After $35.3 million and 10 years of planning, lobbying the state and construction, Fort Lewis College students will finally be able to pursue learning in the state-of-the art Geosciences, Physics...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mother of T.C. Rockwell donates chocolate in his memory

The holidays are a dark time for a mother who recently lost her son, but Kylie Joles knew chocolate would bring some light to a group of students at the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County. The...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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