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

Purgatory retail store opens on north Main Avenue

The new in-town Purgatory Sports retail store and ticket office on north Main Avenue have opened just in time for Christmas shopping and skiing. Purgatory Resort purchased the building at 2615...

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

Ultramarathoner raises money for substance-abuse project

Fort Lewis College student Anthony Kunkel combined his passion for running with his commitment to helping people dealing with substance abuse by hitting a treadmill Saturday – all day Saturday....

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

Shopping with the common good in mind

It’s becoming more and more common – businesses contributing to the common good while increasing sales and making their customers feel generous in the process. Called cause marketing, it can take...

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

Skulls, bones teach middle-schoolers about evolution

Learning happened on several levels when Miller Middle School ’s seventh-graders went to college for a day this week. The trigger for the visit to Fort Lewis College was a project in the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Gives Day is today

Your favorite nonprofit has probably been inundating you with numerous emails, postcards and other promotions as Colorado Gives Day arrived today. December is a make-or-break time for many...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Colorado Gives Day takes place Tuesday

Your favorite nonprofit has probably been inundating you with numerous emails, postcards and other promotions as Colorado Gives Day approaches on Tuesday. December is a make-or-break time for many...

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

Fort Lewis College determines identity in modern era

For decades, Fort Lewis College has touted itself as Colorado’s only public four-year liberal arts college, but as it reviewed its mission statement this year to determine the school’s identity in...

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

Fort Lewis College sees uptick in graduation rates

Efforts to raise graduation rates and retain freshmen for their sophomore year are starting to pay off at Fort Lewis College . The college’s Finish in Four emphasis has led to the rate of students...

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

Ignacio School District’s turnaround required everyone to buy in

IGNACIO – The clock was ticking on the Ignacio School District as the Colorado Department of Education told it to improve results or face sanctions such as a takeover by the state, a shift to...

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

How Ignacio turned its failing school district around

IGNACIO – The clock was ticking on the Ignacio School District as the Colorado Department of Education told it to improve results or face sanctions such as a takeover by the state, a shift to...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Durango School District 9-R’s early childhood program sets example for Colorado

When Libby Culver’s phone rings, it’s just as likely to be another school district in Colorado calling for advice as it is someone in Durango School District 9-R’s early education program. That’s...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

Hundreds gather for lighting of Durango’s Christmas Tree

Little ones may have been more excited by the horse and wagon that delivered Mr. and Mrs. Claus to Buckley Park on Friday than by the jolly fellow himself. Hundreds of people of all ages paraded...

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

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