Position: Durango and Pine River Valley reporter

Email: [email protected]

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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Conversations about sex assault needed to help others, local advocates say

Michelle Johnson spent one of the last days of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, every April, stopping by businesses on Durango’s Main Avenue in an effort to spread awareness about the issue. “You...

DATE: May 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio school board looking for new member after resignation

Ignacio’s Board of Education began interviewing new board candidates Tuesday to replace Doug Little, who resigned last month. Little had his last meeting in January and ultimately decided to leave...

DATE: May 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman killed in bear attack is identified

A 39-year-old Durango woman who was killed Friday night in a bear attack was identified Tuesday as Laney Malavolta. “While Laney’s physical presence was suddenly taken from this earth, all that...

DATE: May 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango considers $6 million in alleyway improvements

Durango could spend $6 million over 10 years to address a long-standing problem around town: dirt alleys. The city has 28 unpaved alleys in its inventory. For years, residents have pushed to...

DATE: May 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s 35 parks that ‘make life better’

On a warm, sunny day, Durango’s parks transform into community centers where people relax and both kids and grownups can play. But if park visitors take a deeper look at the city’s green spaces,...

DATE: May 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vallecito Marina did just fine in 2020. What will this summer bring?

The Vallecito Marina opens Saturday, and several local residents expect a strong season for recreation and the community’s economy. The marina is one of the main attractions for visitors to the...

DATE: April 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s biggest public art piece scheduled for installation

After years of waiting, Durango’s gateway art installation, “Common Threads,” is about to become a reality. In 2018, Durango residents voted by survey to place the public art piece, made up of...

DATE: April 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s homeless camp likely to remain at Purple Cliffs

La Plata County’s campsite for people experiencing homelessness at Purple Cliffs might stay open for another year. La Plata County commissioners had considered closing the campsite, saying Saturday...

DATE: April 27, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County denies license for marijuana dispensary

Border Buds, the proposed dispensary on the Colorado-New Mexico border, lost its bid for a La Plata County marijuana business license Tuesday. The county’s Marijuana Licensing Authority, made up of...

DATE: April 27, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River projected to stay low over coming months

Snowmelt season is in full swing, but one may not know that by looking at the Animas River, which this week more closely resembles a slow trickle through Durango than a roaring, muddy torrent more...

DATE: April 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango offers paid opportunities for artists

It’s time for Durango’s artists to freshen up their paints: The Durango Art Brigade is offering paid work opportunities this spring. The collaborative group has at least 18 art projects available...

DATE: April 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council to meet to discuss future of Buckley Park

Durangoans might get an update next week about the future of Buckley Park, a gathering place in the center of town that is up for sale. City Councilors will convene at 3 p.m. Tuesday for a special...

DATE: April 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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