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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Durango cancels Fourth of July fireworks show

The city of Durango canceled its Fourth of July fireworks show because of continuing wildfire risk. The city had already canceled its parade because of coronavirus concerns, but the fireworks were...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

A mentor becomes leader of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado

Paul Plvan, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, and his 7-year-old “Little” had their first in-person meeting at Durango’s BMX park. But their mentorship began...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Basin Public Health reports six new COVID-19 cases from people visiting Southwest Colorado

San Juan Basin Public Health reported six positive COVID-19 cases among people who were tested locally, but who do not live in La Plata or Archuleta counties. SJBPH reported 96 total cases in the...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire agencies increase response to small fire north of Pagosa

While fire crews work to contain three wildfires in Southwest Colorado, one small fire, north of Pagosa Springs, has grown more complex. The Sand Creek Fire, in a remote area on the Pagosa Ranger...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Juneteenth celebration draws hundreds

The Juneteenth celebration Friday at Buckley Park in Durango began with electronic music, a person walking on stilts through a crowd of about 200 people and the words of former President Barack...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest nonprofits face millions in financial losses because of COVID-19

Nonprofits in Southwest Colorado face millions in financial losses and an uncertain future because of the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Nonprofits expect to lose more than $8...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado nursing homes find a new norm

Inside Southwest Colorado’s nursing homes, staff wear uncomfortable face coverings all day. Residents play hallway bingo sitting in their doorways – safely distant during the coronavirus pandemic....

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Compassion Outreach wraps up COVID homeless relocation program

The Durango nonprofit Community Compassion Outreach successfully relocated 21 unhoused residents in La Plata and Montezuma counties to secure housing using COVID relief grant funds – but the...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are we receptive to police reforms in Southwest Colorado?

On the corner of East 12th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, flowers, signs and memorabilia create a memorial for victims of police violence. The corner has seen marches, vigils and discussions...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolfwood Refuge starts evacuation process with wildfire nearby

Wildfires have sprung up on all sides of Durango in the last week. For one nonprofit, Wolfwood Refuge, the start of the wildfire season presents a complicated challenge – evacuating 55 large,...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio Creative District kicks into gear after coronavirus delays

The Ignacio Creative District is up and running after two months of delays because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ignacio was accepted into two state community development programs in August 2019....

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango extends mandatory face-mask order indefinitely

The city of Durango will extend its mandatory face-covering order indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Durango City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the order, which had...

DATE: June 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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