Shannon Mullane

Position: Herald Staff Writer

A La Plata County Fair unlike any other

In La Plata County, 215 young farmers are spending their days sprinting with goats, applying lotion to pigs or clipping hair on cattle as they prepare their livestock for the annual county fair....

DATE: Aug. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Nationwide coin shortage leaves Durango businesses pinching pennies

La Plata County banks, laundromats and car washes are seeing the signs of yet another unexpected disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic – a coin shortage. Word of a coin supply disruption...

DATE: July 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield School District delays start

Bayfield schools will open a week late, Aug. 24, but the exact manner of schooling during the coronavirus pandemic has yet to be determined. La Plata County school districts have been weighing...

DATE: July 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield celebrates Ed Morlan Day with food drive

With empty boxes and a “food drive” sign, Jackie Morlan set up shop Tuesday on Mill Street in Bayfield to celebrate Ed Morlan Day by organizing a community food drive. Ed Morlan Day, originally...

DATE: July 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Southern Ute tribe to offer free, communitywide testing

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will hold its second communitywide testing event Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 to identify any COVID-19 hot spots within the community. The tribe and its partners, International...

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Mercy limits COVID testing; other centers prioritize who gets them

Mercy Regional Medical Center will decrease its daily COVID-19 testing starting Monday, which prompted other testing centers in La Plata and Archuleta counties to prioritize who gets tested first....

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield schools release plan for reopening

The Bayfield School District released a draft of its reopening plan for the first time Wednesday, a day after a school board meeting that drew 100 people and comments from almost 20 concerned...

DATE: July 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Original farmers market in Bayfield didn’t open this year, future uncertain

The Bayfield Farmers Market, which has run for more than 30 years, did not open this summer, primarily because of licensing issues for vendors, said market administrator Jacqui Day. The market,...

DATE: July 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Southern Ute government issues mandatory mask order

Masks are required within Southern Ute reservation boundaries, according to a new order issued by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The order, which applies to tribal members and the general public,...

DATE: July 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Mercy hospital reaches staffing capacity for ICU beds

The intensive care unit at Mercy Regional Medical Center was at capacity this week – not because all the beds are in use, but because the hospital does not have sufficient staffing to care for more...

DATE: July 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Ignacio School District to reopen without mandatory masks

The Ignacio School District has a plan for reopening in-person schooling, but staff members are concerned the district hasn’t taken their safety into consideration. As the school year approaches,...

DATE: July 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

Bayfield residents gather for anti-racism demonstrations

For weeks, drivers passing Bayfield Town Hall have seen a gathering of about 10 people holding anti-racism signs at 5 p.m. each Monday. Many drivers passing by honk and wave; some turn their thumbs...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: News

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