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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Bayfield goes outdoors with Easter scavenger hunt

The Bayfield Parks and Recreation Department is getting up and running again – and hopefully, getting community members outside and active – with an Easter scavenger hunt. The department had a...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio School District saves taxpayers $345,000

The Ignacio School District refinanced and sold bonds in early March – saving taxpayers $345,276. The district made the savings possible by selling and refinancing about $8.1 million of taxable...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Durangoans pass a lodgers tax increase?

As the April 6 city election approaches, Durango residents are weighing the pros and cons of a proposed lodgers tax increase in addition to their choices for City Council candidates. Ballot measure...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango analysis turns up new option for homeless camp

The city of Durango’s newest analysis of possible homeless camp locations turned up one “promising” new site near Bodo Industrial Park in south Durango. Durango is searching for an alternative to...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council candidates take stances on lodgers tax, climate change in forum

Durango City Council candidates tackled nine local issues Monday in the last public forum ahead of the April 6 election. Six candidates are running for three open seats on City Council. One person,...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chapman Hill Ski Area’s season ends with record attendance

Snow sports enthusiasts took to Chapman Hill Ski Area for the last day Sunday after a season of record attendance. Like ski slopes around the state, the city of Durango ski area off Florida Road...

DATE: March 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lisa McCorry ends City Council campaign

Durango resident Lisa McCorry ended her campaign for City Council on Friday, urging people not to vote for her although she is already listed on the ballot. McCorry, 41, was one of seven candidates...

DATE: March 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Bayfield gym teaches Native American fighting art

Flutes, kicks, spins and flips are common features of Bayfield’s newest gym, Nexus Guardian Art. To the regular bystander, Nexus lessons seem like a mixture of parkour, mixed martial arts and...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two COVID-19 variants found on Southern Ute reservation

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has found two variant strains of the coronavirus causing COVID-19 within its reservation boundaries. Viruses constantly change through mutation, and different variants...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango groups call lodgers tax a ‘landmark effort’

In fall 2019, representatives of tourism, lodging, events and arts organizations gathered in the Strater Hotel’s Oak Room. Their goal: to negotiate a lodgers tax increase proposal to pitch to...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police launch new approach to crisis response

Durango has changed the way it responds to mental health and other noncriminal emergencies. The Durango Police Department and Axis Health System teamed up to create CORE, or Co-Response Program,...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

How will Durango City Council candidates address the environment?

When it comes to the environment, Durango’s seven City Council candidates plan to focus on a wide-ranging list of issues, but one – wildfire management – rose to the top. The candidates are running...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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