Position: Pine River Valley reporter

Email: smullane@durangoherald.com

About: About: Shannon Mullane is a general assignment reporter for Bayfield, Ignacio, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Vallecito and other communities in the Pine River Valley. She has been a Durango Herald staff writer since May 2019.

Prior to that, she received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2019 with a specialization in environmental and political reporting. As a graduate student, she contributed to The Colorado Sun and completed a six-month internship with The Colorado Independent, covering national and state elections, campaign finance and more.

She earned her bachelor's degree in global studies and international politics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2014.
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Ignacio theater offers more than acting skills; students also learn life skills

The Ignacio High School theater program teaches students how to sing and act, but it also imparts life skills, like public speaking and time management. Three years ago, seven students were...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 32 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Beloved Riverview ‘rabbit lady’ forges new connections

On Mesa Avenue near Riverview Elementary School, the lady who waves, Romelle Maloney, 92, and the ceramic rabbits playing in her yard, have slowly garnered a fan base. Her creative decorations and...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf Creek Pass reopens after blizzard conditions

Wolf Creek Pass closed Friday morning for blizzard conditions around the high mountain pass east of Pagosa Springs. It reopened at 1:30 p.m. The pass was closed from Treasure Falls, mile post 159,...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango airport reports record-breaking year

Commercial passenger traffic at the Durango-La Plata County Airport increased to almost 400,000 arrivals and departures, making it the airport’s busiest year on record. Passenger traffic increased...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio School District sees top-level staff changeover

IGNACIO – Chris deKay, Ignacio Middle School principal, will join the school district’s administrative staff this summer during a year of high-level staff changeover. The Ignacio School District...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Los Pinos Fire solicits feedback on possible tax increase

IGNACIO – The Los Pinos Fire Protection District took steps toward a possible tax increase ballot measure by meeting this week with key stakeholders. The fire district has not yet decided whether...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield student Kyra Wilson opens dog sled race with ‘Glamour’ magazine’s Woman of the Year

FOREST LAKES – La Plata County resident Kyra Wilson, 13, will participate in the opening of a 300-mile dog sled race later this month in Wyoming as a junior dog musher with world-class, legally...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango to host start and finish of 2020 Ride the Rockies cycling event

Durango will be home to another major cycling event in 2020. In its 35th year, The Denver Post Ride the Rockies Cycling Tour will start June 14 in Durango. After a 418-mile clockwise loop that...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed bill would give Native youths a voice in Legislature

Native American youths might receive more representation in the state government through legislation introduced Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hugh McKean, a...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield library helps residents achieve new year’s health resolutions

BAYFIELD – At the Pine River Library in Bayfield, patrons won’t just be learning about health from books this year: The library on Wednesday launched its first ever 2020 Health Initiative. The...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec man arrested on suspicion of stalking La Plata County women

Prosecutors have charged an Aztec man with stalking and harassment for allegedly following two, possibly three, women in Durango and Bayfield. Eli Garcia, 24, is suspected of following a woman in...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango DMV begins offering driver’s licenses to rural immigrants

The Division of Motor Vehicles office in Durango has begun offering its first driver’s license appointments to undocumented and temporary legal immigrants. In 2013, the Colorado Legislature passed...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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