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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Lemon Reservoir struggles to fill, while Vallecito nears capacity

Their land sits mere miles apart, but irrigators on the Florida River will likely have a shorter irrigation season than some of their neighbors on the Pine River in eastern La Plata County....

DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mid-pandemic, Durango seniors brace for construction at low-income housing

LaVonne Stevens, 79, a resident at Tamarin Square Apartments in Durango, walked around the apartment complex pointing out signs of construction: holes cut out of walls, missing ceiling tiles and...

DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundreds gather in Durango to protest police violence

“Say his name,” yelled protesters into megaphones Saturday in Durango. “George Floyd,” yelled a crowd of about 300 people participating in the Justice for George Floyd March. Community members...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monsoon-like storms set to continue in La Plata County

Wondering what is up with the weather? Durango’s humidity reached around 25% Saturday, and the city’s recent afternoon showers are similar to monsoon season – only the season hasn’t officially...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

The face of Builders FirstSource in Durango retires after 23 years

Builders, home-improvement hobbyists and hardware connoisseurs are losing a friendly face at Builders FirstSource in Durango: Bill Cherry is retiring after 23 years with the business. Cherry, born...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango vigil, march planned in response to George Floyd’s death

Durango Police Chief Bob Brammer on Friday emphasized the department’s life-first training in response to the officer-involved death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Derek Chauvin, a white...

DATE: May 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two Durango motels deny homeless guests

Community Compassion Outreach has started relocating members of La Plata County’s homeless population to motels using a recently awarded grant. Two Durango motels, however, have said they will not...

DATE: May 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summer reading programs bring magic to La Plata County libraries

Knights, fairies and dragons, oh my! Local libraries have harnessed the national summer reading program theme, “Imagine Your Story,” to help families stay engaged over the summer – and to add some...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are Durango park visitors, trail users social-distancing?

About 15 people gathered in clustered groups at Paradise Beach, a well-known hangout across the river from Durango High School. Some groups kept to themselves on rafts or blankets, while another...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council signals support for partial closure of Main Avenue

Planters, tables and bike lanes could take over the outer edges of Main Avenue by mid-June as Durango tries to boost restaurant recovery during the coronavirus pandemic. Durango business groups and...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango applauds collaboration ahead of restaurant reopenings

La Plata County economic leaders and city of Durango officials called local collaboration “inspirational” as they weighed health and economic needs before the next round of business reopenings....

DATE: May 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango plans e-bike trial at Twin Buttes

Fans of electric bicycles will have a new place to ride in June – on a trial basis. The city of Durango will start a one-year trial at the end of June to allow pedal-assist electric bike users to...

DATE: May 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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