Position: 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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Heavy smoke moves through Bayfield to the east

BAYFIELD – Smoke drifted through Bayfield on Wednesday morning, impacting air quality and visibility for residents, but did not result in an air-quality advisory from the Colorado Department of...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield searches for millions of dollars to update water infrastructure

BAYFIELD – In 2020, Bayfield plans to “tear up the town.” Construction crews will be replacing old asbestos-reinforced water pipes on both sides of U.S. Highway 160 – but first, town staff needs to...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Newcomers take three seats on Bayfield school board

Three newcomers and one incumbent will join the Bayfield school board as a result of Tuesday’s election. Mike Foutz, the only incumbent candidate, and newcomers Amy Davlin and Debbie Wilhelm, will...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine River Library District pops Champagne to celebrate tax increase

Voters showed strong support for the Pine River Library District’s proposed mill levy increase, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. Among district voters, 59% voted for ballot...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two incumbents, one newcomer win Ignacio School Board seats

Two incumbents and one newcomer took the three available seats for the Ignacio School Board on Tuesday. According to unofficial election results, Ignacio residents chose newcomer Allen McCaw with...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s Maxim hopeful comes up short in modeling competition

Amanda Cristine Guffey, Durango’s aspiring Maxim Magazine cover girl, narrowly missed moving forward in the magazine’s national modeling competition. Guffey, daughter of the family for which Lemon...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Los Pinos fire district approaches financial cliff

In early September, Los Pinos Fire Protection District saved a burning house with just four crew members. They had no relief crew at the scene – no secondary crew to answer other calls in the area....

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballots should be dropped off before 7 p.m. Tuesday

It is not too late to vote in this year’s mail-in election, but residents are advised to drop off their ballots at designated drop boxes or La Plata County offices to make them count. Eligible...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eight Corners intersection in Bayfield to close for repairs

A section of the Eight Corners intersection in Bayfield will be closed Monday through Wednesday for road repairs. Motorists should consider alternative travel plans around the intersection at...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio schools, Southern Ute tribe make Ute language top priority

IGNACIO – Southern Ute Tribal Council members prioritized Ute language education in the tribe’s partnership with the Ignacio School District, but enrollment and staffing challenge the program’s...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers Fresh Market gives out free water in Ignacio

IGNACIO – Farmers Fresh Market in Ignacio has been giving out free water from a filling station inside the store to help residents with poor water quality. Residents in southeast La Plata County...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

School board candidates weigh in on LGBTQ policy in Bayfield

BAYFIELD – While community members push against LGBTQ-related policies in Bayfield School District, school board candidates emphasize making the district a safe place for all students. A rainbow...

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

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