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

Fort Lewis College updates sexual harassment policy

Fort Lewis College is assuring victims and witnesses to sexual assaults or harassment they will not be penalized for substance-abuse violations when reporting. The FLC Board of Trustees on Friday...

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

Ignacio schools turning things around

IGNACIO – Wednesday was a good day to be a Bobcat as Ignacio School District staff members celebrated a hard-won removal from the state’s priority-improvement list. The list, which contained eight...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

SUCAP celebrates 50 years of building community

It began as part of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty, and 50 years later, the nonprofit Southern Ute Community Action Programs has become an integral part of the Ignacio community,...

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

Survey this week will impact traffic in downtown Durango

Drivers should expect slow going this week along the busiest traffic corridor in Durango as the Colorado Department of Transportation conducts an intersection survey. The project will begin Monday...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

7-year-old shnauzer stays in the family thanks to donors

Doctor has traveled to the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, Florida and California, and on Thursday, he boarded his first plane, headed to Cincinnati via United Airlines thanks to the generosity of...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Neighbors: Durango Heritage Celebration has Hollywood theme

The Durango Heritage Celebration has explored the community’s Victorian legacy, gone down with the Titanic, visited Greenmount Cemetery where the dead “talked” and solved a murder mystery or two. ...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Fort Lewis College joins prestigious group in grant

Fort Lewis College will be swimming in the big leagues with its share of a new five-year $94-million grant from the National Science Foundation intended to prepare students for careers in the...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango schools seek support for school finance rewrite

The formula used by the state to allocate its share of the funds to K-12 education is complex, and it hasn’t been updated for more than two decades. In August, Durango School District 9-R...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Neighbors: Endowment brings party to honors teachers

Roberta Barr was a force of nature in Durango School District 9-R for more than 40 years, beginning her career in the one-room Falfa and Hermosa schools and ending it as the principal of not one,...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

New deli opens at Durango High School

Around lunchtime, scores of students head out on foot and in vehicles from Durango High School to grab a quick bite. That traffic may lessen with the options available at the new Demon Deli, which...

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

Durango High School students debate banning of books

During Banned Books Week , the discussion is often about how many books were challenged this year (275) or protecting First Amendment rights vs. concerns about the appropriateness of material....

DATE: Sept. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

Fort Lewis College enrollment down 3.3 percent

Fort Lewis College has its best academically prepared incoming class of freshmen in history this year, but enrollment is down 3.3 percent. Student enrollment for the fall semester is 3,595, about...

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

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