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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Six candidates vie for two open seats in Southern Ute elections

Six candidates are vying for two open seats on the Southern Ute Tribal Council. This year, Southern Ute tribal members will choose between an incumbent, former council members and several newcomers...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield residents to receive bear-resistant trash cans in 2020

The Bayfield Town Board voted unanimously Oct. 15 to increase monthly trash rates to provide bear-resistant trash cans for residents. The rate increase would add $1.49 per month to the town’s...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango sexual assault nonprofit plans Ignacio office

IGNACIO – Ignacio will get a new sexual assault resource office in December with funding help from the Town Board. The Town Board of Trustees approved a $1,700 funding request to help Durango’s...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango skateboarder is 475 miles into fundraising trip to California

Rattlesnakes, cacti, blisters and beef jerky. Jeff “Hot Dog” Markman is 475 miles into his nearly 800-mile skateboarding trip to Southern California and days closer to sending skateboards to...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wounded veteran honored with house in Bayfield

BAYFIELD – When veteran Matthew Slaydon and his wife, Annette, stepped into their halfway-built smart home Wednesday, they were beaming and somewhat teary-eyed as 50 community members welcomed them...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield, Ignacio school districts weigh in on Proposition CC

BAYFIELD – The Bayfield Board of Education has unanimously approved a resolution supporting Proposition CC in November’s statewide election. The Ignacio School District has not considered a...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rainbow flag sparks controversy at Bayfield Middle School

BAYFIELD – An eighth grade teacher’s decision to hang a rainbow flag and hold a discussion about LGBTQ issues has sparked controversy in the town of Bayfield. Lyn Riley, a teacher at Bayfield...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal funds withheld from rural police over immigration fight

Millions of federal dollars are being withheld from local law enforcement agencies, including some in Southwest Colorado, where states or individual communities have butted heads with the U.S....

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gary Sinise Foundation donates smart home to veteran in Bayfield

The Gary Sinise Foundation is holding a “Walls of Honor” event Wednesday in Bayfield to mark the halfway point in the process of donating a smart home to veteran Matthew Slaydon. The Gary Sinise...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield Town Board throws support behind library mill levy increase

BAYFIELD – The Bayfield Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to support the Pine River Library’s mill levy increase on the November ballot. Declining oil and gas property tax revenues have taken a...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio Town Board weighs in on propositions CC, DD

IGNACIO – The Ignacio Town Board voted Monday to support Proposition DD on the November ballot but stalled on supporting Proposition CC. Voters are set to vote Nov. 5 on two funding measures...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deputies in the classroom work to build trust, improve security

BAYFIELD – Eight Bayfield High School students paired up, squared their feet in a fighting stance and clenched their fists into a proper punch. These students weren’t preparing for a fight;...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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