Position: Durango and Pine River Valley reporter

Email: smullane@durangoherald.com

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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Pop-up testing tracks COVID-19 in hard-to-reach groups

Tuesday was a COVID-19 testing day for people living at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp along La Posta Road (County Road 213). It’s part of a weekly pop-up testing effort put on by the Colorado...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nine residents show interest in joining Durango City Council

Durango residents interested in running for City Council in April still have time to dive into the growing candidate pool. Three of five seats are up for grabs during the April 6 election – one...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield school superintendent named semifinalist for new position

Bayfield Superintendent Kevin Aten has been listed as a semifinalist for a superintendent position with the Helena School District in Helena, Montana. Aten, who joined the Bayfield School District...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio prepares for COVID-19 vaccine clinic

After weeks of planning, Ignacio is gearing up for its COVID-19 community vaccination clinic, starting with a mock run Saturday. The mock run will work out any bugs in clinic operations as...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Petition urges La Plata Electric Association to take lead on improving broadband

More than 230 people want La Plata Electric Association to take the lead on creating high-quality, affordable broadband internet for its members. Gaps in broadband access have become apparent...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Karen Zink made call that launched community vaccination clinic

At the end of December, Karen Zink called San Juan Basin Public Health Executive Director Liane Jollon to see how she could help in the COVID-19 vaccination effort. “I said, ‘What are your plans...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield school resource officer retires from Marshal’s Office

Dan Cyr, 54, spent much of his 26-year career in La Plata County law enforcement giving back to his community, and even after his retirement, he plans to keep it up. “I already volunteered to go...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango to address hurdle in city’s future: Affordable housing

Durango’s workforce – police, firefighters, teachers, young families – can’t afford housing inside city limits, and city staff are trying to find creative ways to tackle the problem. Affordable...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit receives $150,000 in federal relief

The city of Durango is reopening its Durango Transit route to Mercy Regional Medical Center and Three Springs using $150,000 from federal COVID-19 relief funds. The city received the money from the...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine River Shares has big ideas for heritage farm in Bayfield

The old Harrison Farm, two blocks south of downtown Bayfield, could be in for an education-oriented future. Pine River Shares, a community leadership nonprofit, has spent years addressing food...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango identifies 6 miles around city limits for fire mitigation

When the 416 Fire headed south toward Durango in 2018, firefighters knew they had a place where they might be able to make it turn: the Falls Creek community, said Hal Doughty, Durango Fire...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango lodgers tax increase would fund marketing, transit and arts

The Durango City Council set the terms this week for a lodgers tax increase – a tax paid by people staying in hotels and motels – which is expected to appear on the April election ballot. The...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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