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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Giant American flag can’t be missed near Bayfield

Travelers on U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield might have noticed a new addition to the skyline this week: A 100-foot metal pole wielding an American flag about the size of two coach...

DATE: July 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio Community Library reopens to indoor use

Ignacio community members will finally be able to enjoy time inside the town’s library after months of coronavirus-related closures and adapted services. Following public health guidelines, the...

DATE: July 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Two staff members test positive for COVID at Durango nursing home

Four Corners Health Center says two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to five the total number staff members who have tested positive since March. Sava Senior Care, which...

DATE: July 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe drafts plan to reopen

Southern Ute tribal members could see some coronavirus-related restrictions lifted – as long as outbreak data clearly shows it is safe. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has maintained its stay-at-home...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sees spike in COVID-19 cases

La Plata County has seen its first spike in positive COVID-19 cases in weeks. San Juan Basin Public Health reported 119 cases in La Plata County as of Tuesday. The county’s case numbers increased...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Local Native American poet talks trauma on national podcast

Tanaya Winder, an award-winning poet raised on the Southern Ute reservation, offered ways to nurture self-love in turbulent times during a new podcast by the American Indian Graduate Center. The...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Volunteer commission at forefront of Durango’s anti-racism effort

The city of Durango is taking steps to address community concerns about racial equity, and it is looking to its Community Relations Commission to play a leading role. When Minneapolis police...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council plans to weigh in on ‘Chief’ sign

Durango City Council plans to take a stand on the controversial “Chief” sign, but first councilors want to hear from those most affected. The sign, across from Toh-Atin Gallery, has drawn...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Foundation to host Secret Garden fundraiser, COVID-style

It is a summer full of would’ves, but that’s not stopping the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado from raising money for local nonprofits. It would have been the foundation’s sixth...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forbes Magazine spotlights Billy Goat Saloon for bloody mary mix

The Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village near Bayfield has long been known for its live music, groups of touring motorcyclists and horned-goat logo. Owner Ashleigh Tarkington can now add her “Hair of...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield canceled its Fourth of July parade, so residents organized their own

The town of Bayfield might have canceled its Fourth of July Parade, but town residents aren’t having it: A citizen-led effort to organize a parade has drawn about 600 followers on Facebook. The...

DATE: June 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Group proposes self-governed homeless camp in west Durango

The Neighbors in Need Alliance proposed a permanent camp location near Greenmount Cemetery and Manna soup kitchen in Durango to provide secure housing for people experiencing homelessness before...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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