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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Asked to build affordable housing or pay a fee, Durango developers opt for fees

Twin Buttes of Durango is the latest Durango development to prefer paying a fee instead of building designated affordable units. But the city of Durango is starting to second-guess that approach....

DATE: March 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

KSUT expands programming after move into larger building

KSUT Public Radio’s new, $2.5 million home near Ignacio is already helping the radio station expand its statewide and Indigenous programming partnerships. The radio station’s move to one of the...

DATE: March 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

10 numbers that help explain the COVID-19 pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our attention has turned to numbers – the statistics that inform the public health response, the measures of the pandemic’s impacts, indications of what the future...

DATE: March 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community organizer, activist aims to bring working-class view to City Council

Harrison Wendt has always thought of running for public office – although he did not necessarily plan to do it at 23 years old. Wendt decided to run for Durango City Council last summer after...

DATE: March 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Environmental consultant takes on run for Durango City Council

Olivier Bosmans decided to jump into the race for Durango City Council in February. He was one of the last people to turn in his candidacy paperwork, he said. “The more I started getting involved...

DATE: March 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pandemic could cause years of mental health impacts

Mental health professionals say they have seen an increase in depression, anxiety and grief – pandemic impacts that are unlikely to be resolved even when restrictions on daily life are lifted. A...

DATE: March 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council candidates talk taxes, housing and bump-outs at forum

And they’re off: The seven Durango City Council candidates took their stances this week on issues such as housing, business and budgets during the first candidates forum of the municipal election...

DATE: March 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Superintendent to stay in Bayfield after out-of-state job search

Bayfield School District Superintendent Kevin Aten is staying with the district even after being selected as a top contender for a superintendent position in Montana. Aten’s application to join the...

DATE: March 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield School District, facing $1 million deficit, plans layoffs

The Bayfield School District expects to cut the equivalent of at least 10 full-time positions in response to a $1 million budget shortfall. The school district’s finances took a hit in 2020 after...

DATE: March 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

How a nonprofit catered to neighbors’ needs during the pandemic

La Plata County parents have formed a network, organized through the La Plata Family Centers Coalition, to deliver aid straight to their neighbors’ doorsteps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

DATE: March 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID-19 variants reported in La Plata, Archuleta counties

Variant strains of the coronavirus have arrived in Archuleta and La Plata counties, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. The health department confirmed two cases of the variant first...

DATE: March 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield schools receive $328,000 to improve broadband access

The Bayfield School District will be able to improve student access to broadband with an award of $328,000 in state funding announced last week. Broadband has become an even more vital utility...

DATE: March 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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