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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Federal bill seeks to preserve Native American languages

Local educators hope a federal bill focused on Native American languages will enhance local Ute language education efforts. The bill, which would establish Native American language resource centers...

DATE: April 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango voters elect three City Council candidates

Newcomers Jessika Buell and Olivier Bosmans, along with incumbent Melissa Youssef, won Tuesday’s Durango City Council election, which was largely framed by affordable housing and how best to help...

DATE: April 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango votes to increase lodgers tax

Durango residents approved ballot measure 1-A, a lodgers tax increase, by a narrow margin during the Durango election Tuesday, according to unofficial results. The ballot measure increases the...

DATE: April 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cathy Metz, director of Durango Parks and Recreation, to retire

Cathy Metz, longtime parks and recreation director for the city of Durango, is set to retire in July. Metz worked for the city for 25 years. Most recently, she and department staff members received...

DATE: April 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield library launches program to help children get ready for school

Get ready, puppeteers: The Pine River Library in Bayfield is handing out kindergarten preparedness activity bags, and the first batch uses puppets to practice speech development. The activity bags...

DATE: April 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A year into pandemic, restaurants in Pine River Valley feel ‘optimistic’

Ashleigh Tarkington, co-owner of Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village, said her personal savings took a hit as the bar adapted to COVID-19 restrictions – but a year into the pandemic, she viewed the...

DATE: April 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango business leaders back lodgers tax support committee

Five people, all leaders in Durango’s business community, are the primary funders of a campaign committee advocating for the Durango lodgers tax to be increased. The only measure on the April 6...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango spending rewards program off to booming start

Durango’s latest rewards program is off to a racing start. The Durango business community’s gift card program has siphoned thousands of dollars into the city’s economy in its first week. The...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voter turnout low so far in Durango City Council election

Based on early ballot returns, voter turnout for Tuesday’s Durango City Council election might be lower than it was in each of the past three elections. Six candidates are vying for three open...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango seeks input, partners for MidTown development

Durango is inviting developers and community members to give feedback about revitalization opportunities in the city’s MidTown area. MidTown – a 50-acre stretch between downtown and north Main...

DATE: April 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield High School cheer team places second at state championship

The Bayfield High School cheer team earned second place last weekend in the Colorado State Spirit Championship, despite a shorter season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolverine cheer competed...

DATE: March 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe loosens COVID-19 restrictions

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe slightly loosened its public health restrictions this week for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Tribal Council lifted its Stay at Home order and moved...

DATE: March 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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