Position: Durango and 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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La Plata Search and Rescue finds missing hiker north of Durango

A 30-year-old male set out to complete all four Fourteeners, peaks reaching 14,000 feet or higher in altitude, in La Plata County’s Chicago Basin on Tuesday. He planned to return Thursday. When he...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert stops by Bayfield on campaign trail

BAYFIELD – More than 70 La Plata County residents gathered under the Eagle Park pavilion in Bayfield on Saturday to hear upstart, congressional candidate Lauren Boebert make her case for their...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

$750,000 grant helps San Juan County, N.M., make buildings ADA compliant

San Juan County has received $750,000 to inject into its yearslong effort to make its public facilities accessible to everyone, particularly those with mobility impairments. The county government...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 minutes ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

San Juan County, N.M., increases gross receipts tax to ease financial shortfall

San Juan County, New Mexico, residents will see yet another increase to their gross receipts tax rate starting in 2021, which county officials said will help fill a $4.6 million funding gap. The...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Durango weighs culturally appropriate names for Horse Gulch trails

As the city of Durango prepares to update trail signs at Horse Gulch, city staff members are asking for input on trail names. Some names need to be re-examined, according to the city’s Community...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 23 hours 35 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio School District sees first COVID-19 case

An Ignacio Elementary School student tested positive for COVID-19 this week, prompting the school district’s first quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school district instructed...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield takes slow, steady approach to racial equity effort

Racial equity activism in Bayfield is chugging ahead, slowly but surely, with a new community group focused on tackling racism and inequality through collaboration. The Bayfield Racial Equity...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield hires economic recovery coordinator

The town of Bayfield wants to help businesses access COVID-19 relief money so much that the town created a new position to help them do it. Beth Lamberson, former executive director of KSUT, is the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Audit calls for improvements to Ignacio’s financial reporting

The town of Ignacio’s 2019 audit revealed both budgetary strengths and financial mishaps – errors town staff members vowed won’t happen again. The town ended 2019 in a strong financial position,...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango looks to Bodo Industrial Park for homeless camp location

The city of Durango is still searching for a suitable location for a permanent homeless camp, and Bodo Industrial Park might be the next place to look. A permanent site, designed to be a...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoans turn out in droves for annual hazardous waste drop-off

This year’s hazardous waste day proved to be so popular, it left residents calling for more. More than 700 cars lined up to enter the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Saturday, ready to dump their...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Three approaches to in-person learning in Southwest Colorado

Nearly one month into the school year, La Plata County schools have seen some of their fears realized as coronavirus cases have cropped up and children have been quarantined. But their COVID-19...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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