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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Bayfield has highest census response rate in La Plata County

The Pine River Valley holds the best and the worst 2020 census response rates in La Plata County, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Coloradans are ahead of the national response rate, with...

DATE: June 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield mourns passing of Jim Harrington, former town marshal

Jim Harrington, who died June 6, was a tall man – both literally and as a figure in the law enforcement community, town of Bayfield and La Plata County. “It seemed like at least a good head above...

DATE: June 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homelessness advocates move closer to permanent camp

Durango’s Neighbors in Need Alliance moved one step closer to creating a permanent camp for the unhoused in the city thanks to a $90,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. NINA, a coalition...

DATE: June 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation nonprofit, Durango church partner on supply drive

A stream of vehicles rolled into the Unitarian Universalist Church in Durango on Saturday, loaded with supplies for Navajo and Hopi tribal members in need. The church partnered with Toyei...

DATE: June 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango High School graduates roll onward after drive-in graduation

Students in Durango High School’s Class of 2020 embarked on their futures from the seats of their cars during a drive-in graduation ceremony, delayed and adapted because of the novel coronavirus...

DATE: June 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield residents say no to a mandatory face-mask order

A survey conducted by the town of Bayfield shows residents do not want a mandatory mask order to be issued by the town. Public health officials say face coverings reduce transmission of the...

DATE: June 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield petition moves to ban Confederate flag from parades

A petition against the Confederate flag float that occasionally appears in Bayfield’s Fourth of July parade has gathered about 3,400 signatures of support ... and counting. Two Bayfield residents,...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe conducts sweeping communitywide COVID testing

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe embarked on a multi-day COVID-19 testing event this week in an effort to better understand any transmission of the coronavirus in the community. The tribe, in...

DATE: June 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outdoor commerce coming to Main Avenue – and we mean on Main

The lines are being drawn. The city of Durango started painting new traffic lanes Thursday evening on Main Avenue to prepare for outdoor commerce spaces on the road – and help businesses adapt to...

DATE: June 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield hands out cleaners, PPE to local businesses

The Bayfield Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce distributed hard-to-find sanitation supplies to businesses Saturday at Bayfield Town Hall. Pine River Valley businesses of all types dropped by to...

DATE: June 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oscar’s Cafe sees stable future, brings comfort to community

Paula Berg, who owns Oscar’s Cafe in Durango with her husband, Bruce, took a break from doing inventory Thursday to sit outside in a row of carefully spaced waiting chairs. In 45 minutes, three...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Emergency rooms see fewer visits as COVID-19 concerns linger

Patients are still not seeking care at the Mercy Regional Medical Center emergency department, and physicians are worried they are delaying because of coronavirus concerns. In March, after...

DATE: June 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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