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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Who is opening wallets to back Durango City Council candidates?

Most Durango City Council candidates have collected donations from prominent businesses in town, while others have stuck with small donations or no donations at all. Six candidates are running for...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vaccines distribution expands Friday in Southwest Colorado

Colorado residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for coronavirus vaccines starting Friday, but San Juan Basin Public Health says everything still depends on a limited vaccine supply. With...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police launch new effort to address officers’ mental health

Cmdr. Rita Warfield, the highest-ranking female officer with the Durango Police Department, spent eight years as a detective focused on domestic violence and sexual assault. For the most part, she...

DATE: March 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio identifies 6 town priorities in new long-range plan

The Ignacio Town Board has outlined its top six priorities for the next two years, with housing and broadband at the top of the list. The town completed a new strategic plan for 2021-23 earlier in...

DATE: March 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

What would Durango’s diversity efforts look like with new councilors?

When the six Durango City Council candidates described how they would handle the city’s top goal – expanding its diversity, equity and inclusion work – they focused on continuing the city’s...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, La Plata County look to new funding model for fire mitigation

The city of Durango and La Plata County could be the first participants in a new way to pay for fire mitigation, but only if big questions can be resolved. As the city and the county work to...

DATE: March 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A ‘remarkable’ flu season: It nearly disappeared

To the relief of medical and public health professionals, there has been a key absence in the health scene this winter: the seasonal flu. Heading into Colorado’s 2020-21 flu season, health...

DATE: March 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

Bayfield goes outdoors with Easter scavenger hunt

The Bayfield Parks and Recreation Department is getting up and running again – and hopefully, getting community members outside and active – with an Easter scavenger hunt. The department had a...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio School District saves taxpayers $345,000

The Ignacio School District refinanced and sold bonds in early March – saving taxpayers $345,276. The district made the savings possible by selling and refinancing about $8.1 million of taxable...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Durangoans pass a lodgers tax increase?

As the April 6 city election approaches, Durango residents are weighing the pros and cons of a proposed lodgers tax increase in addition to their choices for City Council candidates. Ballot measure...

DATE: March 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango analysis turns up new option for homeless camp

The city of Durango’s newest analysis of possible homeless camp locations turned up one “promising” new site near Bodo Industrial Park in south Durango. Durango is searching for an alternative to...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council candidates take stances on lodgers tax, climate change in forum

Durango City Council candidates tackled nine local issues Monday in the last public forum ahead of the April 6 election. Six candidates are running for three open seats on City Council. One person,...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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