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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.

Position: Pine River Valley reporter

Email: smullane@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

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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Bayfield, Ignacio voters brave the polls

BAYFIELD – At station one, Bayfield voters received latex gloves and a pen from election judges wearing masks, eye protection, gloves and plastic ponchos. “They’ll keep the gloves and pen with them...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute detainees could be housed in La Plata County Jail

People detained by the Southern Ute Tribal Police could be housed in the La Plata County Jail as a result of coronavirus-related staffing shortages at the tribe’s detention center. The tribal jail...

DATE: April 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 12 hours 53 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-area graduates face uncertain future during global pandemic

Kim Cassels planned to leave for Peace Corps service in Zambia after graduating from Fort Lewis College. But then the coronavirus outbreak came. Now, she’s not sure what will happen. “I’m not...

DATE: April 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

What is Durango government doing during stay-at-home lull?

What is the city of Durango doing during the coronavirus slowdown? Same thing as a lot of Americans: trying to limit expenses while catching up on chores. Road and pedestrian traffic have been...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield, Ignacio prepare for elections with social distancing in mind

Ignacio and Bayfield plan drive-up voting procedures for municipal elections, which will be held Tuesday, but neither town knows what to expect from voter turnout because of the coronavirus...

DATE: April 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eastern La Plata mobilizes neighbors to prepare for COVID-19 outbreak

Upper Pine Fire Protection District, its board and its neighboring communities are in the process of creating the first ever Eastern La Plata Incident Management Team to aid in the COVID-19...

DATE: April 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man’s trip from Ecuador highlights slow COVID-19 response in U.S.

Durango resident Ray Pierotti appreciates much about America: its people, its safety, its freedoms. But a recent trip to Ecuador gave him a different perspective on American society. The Ecuadorian...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County behind state, nation in census response

Wednesday was Census Day – a reference date, not a deadline – and La Plata County is slowly making progress on the 2020 census count, despite nationwide coronavirus-related delays. The U.S. Census...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Are city slickers escaping to Vallecito? Lake community sets up neighborhood watch

The weekend before the statewide stay-at-home order, the roads around Vallecito Lake were filled with cars, some with out-of-state license plates. “When you have people from Vegas walking into the...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Town of Bayfield names one finalist for manager job

Bayfield this week announced one finalist for the permanent town manager position, Katie Sickles, the town’s current interim manager. The town received 26 applications for the position, although...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

City of Durango says government employee tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member for the city of Durango has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first known case involving a local government employee. The staff member, whose identity was not released...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can these homemade masks help Southwest Colorado fight coronavirus?

During the first and second world wars, citizens grew victory gardens to feed hungry populations. The idea carried forward into the COVID-19 outbreak – but this time, people are making protective...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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