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 City Council candidates push for faster progress on homelessness

Durango has talked about addressing homelessness for years. Many of Durango’s seven City Council candidates are pushing for talk to turn into action. The candidates are running for three open seats...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield declares Upper Pine Fire day

The town of Bayfield has proclaimed March 16 as Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Day from now on to show gratitude for the district’s proactive efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upper...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield school superintendent to lead Southwest educational collaborative

Kevin Aten is taking on a new role in addition to his job as Bayfield superintendent: He has been unanimously selected as chairman of the Southwest Colorado District Collaborative. The...

DATE: March 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango approves MidTown redevelopment plan

Durango residents will start seeing new development projects and improvements in the city’s MidTown area just north of downtown. In what city staff members called a “culminating moment,” Durango...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango survey offers insight into wide-ranging water issues

Durango community members have a chance to weigh in on water issues – such as supply, quality and conservation – as the city of Durango updates its future water plans. Water is not a guarantee for...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Mask marshals’ bring Old West and COVID-19 awareness to Durango

With a “Howdy, partner” and a face covering in hand, actors in Old West costumes are helping Durango organizations encourage mask wearing in the city’s downtown. The Durango Mask Marshal program...

DATE: March 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield restaurant and coffee shop calls it quits

The Tuning Fork Cafe, Bayfield’s only downtown coffee shop, has closed for good. The owners, Tim and Kellie Lillyquist, put the restaurant and coffee shop up for sale in August 2019, hoping to find...

DATE: March 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango zeros in on 10 areas for fire mitigation

The city of Durango and its partners will focus 2021 fire mitigation efforts on 10 different areas in Dalla Mountain Park, Horse Gulch and Overend Mountain Park. The land, totaling 36 acres, makes...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council candidates discuss Durango’s economic future

Less than a month before election day, Durango’s seven City Council candidates outlined their tools, strategies and priorities for addressing the city’s economic goals. Three of the seven...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council candidate pleaded guilty to crimes in 2007

Seth Furtney’s guilty pleas to criminal mischief and trespassing in 2007 have come back to haunt him during his candidacy for Durango City Council. Furtney, a commercial property owner and former...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council candidates sound off on affordable housing

Durango’s seven City Council candidates agreed housing affordability is a top issue but differed about how they would use their four years in office to address the issue. The candidates are running...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Youssef runs for re-election with an eye on finances

Last fall, Melissa Youssef carefully considered whether she would put her name in for another four-year term on Durango City Council. By year’s end, she was committed – she couldn’t bring herself...

DATE: March 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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