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 grapples with how to ‘toot its own horn’

BAYFIELD – The Bayfield Town Board earlier this week weighed how exactly to boast about community achievements, wading through the complicated politics of recognition placards on U.S. Highway 160....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Columbine Ranger District starts prescribed burns east of Bayfield

The Columbine Ranger District started the first of two prescribed burns Thursday east of Bayfield, taking a careful approach in the area’s hot and dry conditions. The U.S. Forest Service district...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield takes steps toward 21-and-older smoking ordinance

BAYFIELD – The Bayfield Board of Trustees this week recommended banning smoking in public parks and raising the legal minimum age for buying tobacco or nicotine products to 21. Recent Colorado...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Middle school student brings restorative justice to Ignacio

IGNACIO – Willow Schulz, an eighth grade volleyball player at Ignacio Middle School, is the youngest certified restorative justice specialist in La Plata County. This fall, Willow hopes to start...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio library relaunches oral history project

Ignacio Community Library has launched an improved version of its oral history curation project, Voices of Ignacio, with the goal of connecting the a wider community to its past. Voices of...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rusty Shovel Saloon closes in Vallecito, focuses on Durango

VALLECITO – The Rusty Shovel Saloon, a bar and restaurant at Vallecito Reservoir, has closed after operating for five years in the small, lakeside community northeast of Durango. The saloon, known...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New senior, disability services initiative launches in Pine River Valley

There are rumblings in the Pine River Valley. Rural community members – often seniors, caregivers, veterans or people with disabilities, aren’t getting the resources they need. On Friday, two...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio searches for alternative water provider after rate increase

Two weeks ago, La Plata Archuleta Water District said it would not provide water to Ignacio unless the town addressed two conditions, temporarily putting Ignacio’s hopes for cheaper water utility...

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

Former competitors bring new restaurant to Bayfield

BAYFIELD – On Mill Street, two “open soon” signs have had a face-off for weeks. The signs mark new restaurants coming to downtown Bayfield. Further down the road, “for sale” or “for lease” signs...

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

Ignacio launches into new school year with high hopes

IGNACIO – On Monday, the first day of school at Ignacio Elementary School, teacher Daniel Holley used gummy worms, Life Savers and paper clips to teach his third grade students about teamwork and...

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

Ignacio schools deem active-shooter training a success

IGNACIO – Law enforcement and emergency responders practiced what they would do if a shooter targeted the Ignacio School District – with school staff joining in on the exercise for the first time....

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

Tracking lightning, from sky to the ground

Lightning is the No. 1 cause of wildfire ignitions in Southwest Colorado. But when a lightning bolt strikes in the vast expanse of the San Juan Mountains, how do fire agencies know how to track it...

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

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