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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Annual Thanksgiving dinner canceled, but other meals are being served

The annual Durango Community Thanksgiving has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but local organizations are filling in the gaps to ensure La Plata County families have...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents to be notified by text message of possible COVID-19 exposures

In response to rising COVID-19 cases, San Juan Basin Public Health turned to a new text messaging notification system this week to let La Plata and Archuleta county residents know if they have been...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Forbes digs into story of Ska Brewing – from VW bus to present

Ska Brewing in Durango received some national recognition this week from Forbes Magazine for its unique past and latest ventures into the Front Range. Ska and its sister company, Peach Street...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s ‘MidTown’ area ripe for redevelopment

The city of Durango is looking for ways to revive part of downtown Durango, dubbed “MidTown,” and early public input has listed housing as a top priority. Parts of the MidTown area, stretching from...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

As cases rise, Bayfield schools gear up for in-person learning

In a controversial move, the Bayfield School District is scheduled to reopen Nov. 30 with in-person learning for its entire student body. The plan to reopen, announced during a special school board...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribal nations, Forest Service partner to revive oak population

A project to restore the most important traditional food for the Yavapai Apache Nation sprang to life this month. In Arizona, an intergovernmental, public-private...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango observes Transgender Day of Remembrance

Durango residents, city leaders and community members gathered virtually on Transgender Day of Remembrance on Friday to remember transgender lives lost because of violence. The international,...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 35 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council scheduled to vote on public health enforcement

Durango City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on enforcement mechanisms for people who aren’t complying with mandatory mask orders. Durango does not currently have direct enforcement authority...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory opens with a smooth start

People flocked to Purgatory Resort for its opening day Saturday ready to hit the slopes after a longer-than-average off-season. The resort had to cut its 2019-20 season short because of the...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio seeks input from businesses before enacting enforcement mechanism

For the second time, the Ignacio Board of Trustees postponed a vote this week on an ordinance meant to allow the town to revoke business licenses under certain circumstances. Town-issued licenses...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield family faces tic syndrome, stigma head-on

Jodacie Bartley, 10, was fine when her mother, Veronica Dominguez, dropped her off at Bayfield Intermediate School in August. Five hours later, she was having seizure-like spasms, then muscle tics...

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

Pine River Valley gears up for ‘Level Red’

Bayfield and Ignacio town governments are preparing to close their doors as coronavirus cases spike across the region. Coronavirus case numbers in the county have increased more in November than...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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