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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Ignacio’s Dancing Spirit faces critical financial shortfall

IGNACIO – In the midst of Friday’s light parade, pictures with Santa and general holiday cheer at the annual Taste of Christmas event, one Ignacio nonprofit will be selling pottery to stay afloat...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Award-winning, local author to present novel at Ignacio library

Nationally recognized author C. Joseph “Chuck” Greaves will present his Cortez-based novel Saturday at Ignacio Community Library with a reading and Q&A session. In “Church of the Graveyard Saints,”...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield a college town? Pueblo Community College opens satellite site

The night before her first college class at Pueblo Community College in Bayfield, Heather McKee, 42, couldn’t sleep. “I was very nervous. Mostly because I knew the high school kids would be there,...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Town of Bayfield offers tips for snow season

As snow season gears up, the town of Bayfield is offering residents tips to handle snow so plows can clear roads quickly and efficiently. The town’s public notice this week shared which areas are...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine Fire anticipates strong budget in 2020

BAYFIELD – Upper Pine River Fire Protection District managers expect to enter 2020 in a strong financial position, even paying off $800,000 in debt and fulfilling one of the district’s promises to...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio High School students organize Thanksgiving meal for peers

IGNACIO – An Ignacio High School student group cooked the first-ever student-organized, free Thanksgiving lunch for 200 people last week, and they prepared it mostly from scratch. The student...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local ‘celebrity’ to open new restaurant in Ignacio

IGNACIO – Former Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters star Dayson Goetz is opening a new restaurant in Ignacio, and he’s bringing firefighter-tested, bounty hunter-approved smoked-meat recipes with him....

DATE: Nov. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio board faces pushback during budget review

IGNACIO – Community members voiced concerns over staff raises, the town manager’s pay rate and overall transparency in one of the most tense Board of Trustees meetings in the last six months. The...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield High School wins governor’s award

Bayfield High School was one of three high schools in the state to receive a Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award this week in Denver. About 90 schools received the award for...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio students likely expelled after bringing pellet gun onto school bus

Two Ignacio High School students will likely be expelled after bringing a pellet gun onto a school bus Wednesday afternoon. No students were in danger during the incident, said Kathy Pokorney,...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters conduct live fire training on church property

BAYFIELD – Upper Pine River Fire Protection District burned an abandoned house – on purpose – Thursday behind Pine Valley Church on County Road 501. Pine Valley Church worked with Upper Pine to...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

KSUT unveils Native Braids storytelling project

KSUT Public Radio launched Native Braids on Monday in hopes of elevating the Native American storytelling tradition, building media skills for youths and strengthening connections with the...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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