Position: Durango and 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 spending rewards program off to booming start

Durango’s latest rewards program is off to a racing start. The Durango business community’s gift card program has siphoned thousands of dollars into the city’s economy in its first week. The...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voter turnout low so far in Durango City Council election

Based on early ballot returns, voter turnout for Tuesday’s Durango City Council election might be lower than it was in each of the past three elections. Six candidates are vying for three open...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango seeks input, partners for MidTown development

Durango is inviting developers and community members to give feedback about revitalization opportunities in the city’s MidTown area. MidTown – a 50-acre stretch between downtown and north Main...

DATE: April 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield High School cheer team places second at state championship

The Bayfield High School cheer team earned second place last weekend in the Colorado State Spirit Championship, despite a shorter season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolverine cheer competed...

DATE: March 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe loosens COVID-19 restrictions

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe slightly loosened its public health restrictions this week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Tribal Council lifted its Stay at Home order and moved...

DATE: March 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Who is opening wallets to back Durango City Council candidates?

Most Durango City Council candidates have collected donations from prominent businesses in town, while others have stuck with small donations or no donations at all. Six candidates are running for...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vaccines distribution expands Friday in Southwest Colorado

Colorado residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for coronavirus vaccines starting Friday, but San Juan Basin Public Health says everything still depends on a limited vaccine supply. With...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police launch new effort to address officers’ mental health

Cmdr. Rita Warfield, the highest-ranking female officer with the Durango Police Department, spent eight years as a detective focused on domestic violence and sexual assault. For the most part, she...

DATE: March 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio identifies 6 town priorities in new long-range plan

The Ignacio Town Board has outlined its top six priorities for the next two years, with housing and broadband at the top of the list. The town completed a new strategic plan for 2021-23 earlier in...

DATE: March 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

What would Durango’s diversity efforts look like with new councilors?

When the six Durango City Council candidates described how they would handle the city’s top goal – expanding its diversity, equity and inclusion work – they focused on continuing the city’s...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, La Plata County look to new funding model for fire mitigation

The city of Durango and La Plata County could be the first participants in a new way to pay for fire mitigation, but only if big questions can be resolved. As the city and the county work to...

DATE: March 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A ‘remarkable’ flu season: It nearly disappeared

To the relief of medical and public health professionals, there has been a key absence in the health scene this winter: the seasonal flu. Heading into Colorado’s 2020-21 flu season, health...

DATE: March 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

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