Shannon Mullane

Position: Herald Staff Writer

What does The Polar Express look like under Level Red?

The Polar Express rolled out of Durango for the first time this season Nov. 20, with new coronavirus safety precautions in tow. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad said this week that San...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County keeps its distance this Thanksgiving

The days leading up to Thanksgiving included the annual flurry of shopping as Durango prepared for the traditional meal. But on Thanksgiving Day, the city was quiet. Americans agonized over how to...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents to be notified by text message of possible COVID-19 exposures

In response to rising COVID-19 cases, San Juan Basin Public Health turned to a new text messaging notification system this week to let La Plata and Archuleta county residents know if they have been...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory opens with a smooth start

People flocked to Purgatory Resort for its opening day Saturday ready to hit the slopes after a longer-than-average off-season. The resort had to cut its 2019-20 season short because of the...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Forbes digs into story of Ska Brewing – from VW bus to present

Ska Brewing in Durango received some national recognition this week from Forbes Magazine for its unique past and latest ventures into the Front Range. Ska and its sister company, Peach Street...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribal nations, Forest Service partner to revive oak tree population

A project to restore the most important traditional food for the Yavapai Apache Nation sprang to life this month. In Arizona, an intergovernmental, public-private...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River cleanup finds signs of illegal fishing, increased trash

A washing machine drum. A grocery store cart. A box spring mattress. The local Trout Unlimited annual river cleanup seemed to turn up more trash along the Animas River this year, including signs of...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Durango finance director plans to plead guilty to embezzlement

The former finance director for the city of Durango has signed a plea agreement admitting to embezzling more than $710,000 over 11 years from town coffers. According to the plea agreement, which...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will in-person visits be possible this winter at nursing homes?

They couldn’t hug, but at least they could see each other through the window. “I put my hand up against the window, and she put her hand up against it,” said Allyn Lewis, describing visits with her...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Errors in Bayfield water study could lead to higher utility rates

Bayfield is trying to fix errors in its water rate study, the basis of household utility rates, and the end result might mean higher rates for community members. Water rates pay for every aspect of...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Habitat for Humanity homes outfitted with solar panels

Two families in Bayfield are receiving free solar panels thanks to La Plata County’s only certified benefit corporation, Shaw Solar, as part of a Habitat for Humanity project. The solar...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Discovery DIY Network wraps up filming of Ignacio off-grid home

Filming finished Sunday on Ignacio’s newest, soon-to-be-famous earthen home. In September, Shalina Luna and her daughter, Joli Galvan, residents just south of Ignacio, embarked on a warp-speed...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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