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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‘Mask marshals’ bring Old West and COVID-19 awareness to Durango

With a “Howdy, partner” and a face covering in hand, actors in Old West costumes are helping Durango organizations encourage mask wearing in the city’s downtown. The Durango Mask Marshal program...

DATE: March 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield restaurant and coffee shop calls it quits

The Tuning Fork Cafe, Bayfield’s only downtown coffee shop, has closed for good. The owners, Tim and Kellie Lillyquist, put the restaurant and coffee shop up for sale in August 2019, hoping to find...

DATE: March 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango zeros in on 10 areas for fire mitigation

The city of Durango and its partners will focus 2021 fire mitigation efforts on 10 different areas in Dalla Mountain Park, Horse Gulch and Overend Mountain Park. The land, totaling 36 acres, makes...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council candidates discuss Durango’s economic future

Less than a month before election day, Durango’s seven City Council candidates outlined their tools, strategies and priorities for addressing the city’s economic goals. Three of the seven...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council candidate pleaded guilty to crimes in 2007

Seth Furtney’s guilty pleas to criminal mischief and trespassing in 2007 have come back to haunt him during his candidacy for Durango City Council. Furtney, a commercial property owner and former...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council candidates sound off on affordable housing

Durango’s seven City Council candidates agreed housing affordability is a top issue but differed about how they would use their four years in office to address the issue. The candidates are running...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Youssef runs for re-election with an eye on finances

Last fall, Melissa Youssef carefully considered whether she would put her name in for another four-year term on Durango City Council. By year’s end, she was committed – she couldn’t bring herself...

DATE: March 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jessika Buell aims to champion small businesses on City Council

Jessika Buell, a newcomer candidate for Durango City Council, said she’s long wanted to get into politics – she just didn’t know when. Buell, 39, grew up researching political election issues with...

DATE: March 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Landscaper, chef makes run for Durango City Council

Lisa McCorry said she is running for Durango City Council to add some socioeconomic diversity to the mix. McCorry, 41, is one of seven candidates vying for three open seats on the council during...

DATE: March 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

International magazine features La Plata County’s rising star, Tyller Gummersall

Country Music People magazine highlighted La Plata County’s own Tyller Gummersall in its February issue with a full feature covering his decade of independently making country music. The feature,...

DATE: March 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former tourism director touts experience in Durango City Council race

Frank Lockwood says he is the second-most experienced candidate running for Durango City Council, after Melissa Youssef, the only incumbent candidate. Lockwood, 70, is one of seven candidates...

DATE: March 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango advisory board member aims to leap onto City Council

For Seth Furtney, a candidate for Durango City Council, his commitment to public service goes back to his roots. His father died when he was 9, and his mother allowed her three sons to roam free in...

DATE: March 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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