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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Public comment opens for Durango transportation improvements

Ever noticed broken sidewalks, cycling hazards or confusing intersections around Durango? The city wants to hear community input for its updated multimodal transportation plan. The city of Durango...

DATE: April 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango caught in circus dispute

The Durango Circus is calling foul, alleging misconduct by a city of Durango employee and prompting an investigation by the city. The Durango Circus, formally known as Durango Aerial Arts and...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

New garden takes root in Bayfield with focus on healthy ingredients, food security

Pine River Shares is taking on food insecurity in eastern La Plata County with the help of a new, sustainable food garden. The garden’s produce will add fresh, healthy ingredients to the...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County fire districts explore virtual reality

Two La Plata County fire departments are trying out a new way to train: virtual reality. Los Pinos and Upper Pine River fire protection districts, and an Arvada fire agency, are participating in a...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some Durangoans still haven’t received a stimulus payment

For many people, receiving a COVID-19 stimulus check was as easy as checking their bank account and finding hundreds of government dollars inside. But for some people, like many living homeless at...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

10 ‘moon trees’ land in Durango

A bit of outer space is taking root in Durango: moon trees, grown from seeds that have orbited the moon more than 30 times. Stuart “Stu” Roosa, born in Durango, took the seeds into outer space as...

DATE: April 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango doubles-down on opposition to jail reform bill

Durango city councilors split this week over whether to uphold their opposition to a state jail reform bill that would limit when police can make arrests. Senate Bill 21-062 proposes a shift in...

DATE: April 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango swears in new city councilors; new mayor named

Durango’s City Council passed the gavel Tuesday – virtually – to mark the transition to a new council and a new, unanimously chosen mayor, Kim Baxter. The swearing in ceremony took place via Zoom...

DATE: April 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

NBC Universal sets sights on Durango for new TV show

Durangoans might want to dust off their acting chops. NBC Universal is planning to shoot the pilot episode of a new series in town this summer. The new drama is centered on a Native American...

DATE: April 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parents launch support group to help ‘neuro-diverse’ children

Faced with a lack of local resources, Bayfield families created their own resource-sharing group to better support children with conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorder or Tourette...

DATE: April 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine fire chief named president of national association

Bruce Evans, Bayfield’s fire chief, planned to go into forestry until a car crash on his college campus in Iowa changed the course of his career. “While I was studying one night, there was a car...

DATE: April 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police investigated 16 citizen-initiated complaints in 2020

The Durango Police Department investigated 16 citizen complaints in 2020 – then asked a panel of community members to check their work. The department conducts its own internal investigations and...

DATE: April 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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