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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Chapman Hill Ski Area’s season ends with record attendance

Snow sports enthusiasts took to Chapman Hill Ski Area for the last day Sunday after a season of record attendance. Like ski slopes around the state, the city of Durango ski area off Florida Road...

DATE: March 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lisa McCorry ends City Council campaign

Durango resident Lisa McCorry ended her campaign for City Council on Friday, urging people not to vote for her although she is already listed on the ballot. McCorry, 41, was one of seven candidates...

DATE: March 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Bayfield gym teaches Native American fighting art

Flutes, kicks, spins and flips are common features of Bayfield’s newest gym, Nexus Guardian Art. To the regular bystander, Nexus lessons seem like a mixture of parkour, mixed martial arts and...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two COVID-19 variants found on Southern Ute reservation

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has found two variant strains of the coronavirus causing COVID-19 within its reservation boundaries. Viruses constantly change through mutation, and different variants...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango groups call lodgers tax a ‘landmark effort’

In fall 2019, representatives of tourism, lodging, events and arts organizations gathered in the Strater Hotel’s Oak Room. Their goal: to negotiate a lodgers tax increase proposal to pitch to...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police launch new approach to crisis response

Durango has changed the way it responds to mental health and other noncriminal emergencies. The Durango Police Department and Axis Health System teamed up to create CORE, or Co-Response Program,...

DATE: March 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

How will Durango City Council candidates address the environment?

When it comes to the environment, Durango’s seven City Council candidates plan to focus on a wide-ranging list of issues, but one – wildfire management – rose to the top. The candidates are running...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council candidates push for faster progress on homelessness

Durango has talked about addressing homelessness for years. Many of Durango’s seven City Council candidates are pushing for talk to turn into action. The candidates are running for three open seats...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield declares Upper Pine Fire day

The town of Bayfield has proclaimed March 16 as Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Day from now on to show gratitude for the district’s proactive efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upper...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield school superintendent to lead Southwest educational collaborative

Kevin Aten is taking on a new role in addition to his job as Bayfield superintendent: He has been unanimously selected as chairman of the Southwest Colorado District Collaborative. The...

DATE: March 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango approves MidTown redevelopment plan

Durango residents will start seeing new development projects and improvements in the city’s MidTown area just north of downtown. In what city staff members called a “culminating moment,” Durango...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango survey offers insight into wide-ranging water issues

Durango community members have a chance to weigh in on water issues – such as supply, quality and conservation – as the city of Durango updates its future water plans. Water is not a guarantee for...

DATE: March 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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