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

Ballot Issue 3B: Bayfield seeks tax hike to build schools

At the tail end of the November ballot, voters living within the boundaries of the Bayfield School District will find Ballot Issue 3B, asking permission to issue bonds worth $27.6 million. A “Yes”...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 9-R requests $1.7 million mill levy override

At the end of a long ballot for the Nov. 8 election, voters residing within Durango School District 9-R’s boundaries will be asked to approve a tax increase for the district. A “Yes” vote will give...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

GOP VP nominee Mike Pence coming to Durango

The Donald J. Trump campaign announced Monday evening that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the vice presidential nominee, will visit Durango on Wednesday. “We’ve known for several days he was coming, but...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Madden, Ganahl vie for seat on University of Colorado Board of Regents

Coloradans will decide between Alice Madden and Heidi Ganahl on Nov. 8 to fill an at-large seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. CU, the flagship institution of the Colorado system...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rankin, Pacheco-Kovelski vie for State Board of Education

On Nov. 8, voters in the 3rd Congressional District will select either Joyce Rankin or Christine Pacheco-Koveleski for the Colorado State Board of Education. The district covers more than 50,000...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio Library hosts national space exhibit

For those who dream of galaxies far, far away, the Ignacio Community Library has the adventure they’re seeking – “Explore: Space, A Cosmos Journey” runs one more week. The exhibit, sponsored by...

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

Enrollment up at Durango School District

Durango School District 9-R’s schools are bustling with a high enrollment for the 2016-17 school year, and that’s good news for a district that’s also got a growing special-needs population. The...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn about candidates, issues, civics

Election years offer teachers the opportunity to show students civics in action, and numerous teachers have taken up the subject this year. Lesson plans have been a challenge, with some topics and...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

Dan Morgenstern: The harpsichord builder

Dan Morgenstern is a man of contradictions – he plays the flute but builds harpsichords; he made his living running the family electrical-component company but studied music in college; and while...

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

Fort Lewis College students prepare for social side of careers

As Fort Lewis College students sat down to a five-course feast earlier this week, nerves were on edge. They might, after all, choose the wrong utensil or make an inexcusable faux pas. Knowing...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College to shift to biweekly payroll

While it sounds bureaucratic, Fort Lewis College ’s phased shift to biweekly paychecks from monthly will make a significant budgeting difference for the workforce at one of the largest employers in...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

House fire on Silverton Street under control in northern Durango

A house fire on Silverton Avenue in northern Durango was under control as of 6:20 p.m. Friday. “The fire occurred in the area of the boiler that feeds the in-floor heat, stove, hot water heater and...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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