Position: City & health reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4526

About: Mary Shinn covers business and the Durango city government. Shinn started at The Cortez Journal and The Mancos Times in 2013 as the Mancos town reporter.

Before that she was a News21 fellow and worked on a national investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs. News21 is an annual nationwide journalism project funded by the Carnegie-Knight Foundation.

Shinn graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communications in 2013.
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A revitalized north Main Avenue and Camino del Rio a step closer to reality

The city envisions Camino del Rio being an extension of downtown and north Main Avenue transforming into small neighborhoods in its quest to make both high-traffic areas more walkable and...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer repairs will close one lane on north Main Avenue next week in Durango

A northbound lane of traffic will be shut down next week along part of north Main Avenue while a sewer line is repaired for The Boys & Girls Club. Archer Western Construction plans to repair a...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 19 hours 14 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council proposes homeless shelters instead of a camp

Durango City Council has backed away from establishing a formally designated campground for homeless residents and instead is considering setting up shelters in churches, city buildings, county...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New lifts at Chapman Hill envisioned by Durango Parks

Durango’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board narrowed the possibilities for replacing Chapman Hill ski area’s aging rope tows Wednesday. On a 4-2 vote, the advisory board supported replacing the...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango will replace traditional lights with LEDs in downtown areas

The city of Durango and the Business Improvement District will spend $85,000 this year to install hundreds of new lights downtown because they are more efficient and last longer – and end up saving...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Beyond tent cities, Durango-area residents consider village for the homeless

As city of Durango and La Plata County officials wrestle with options for a temporary camp for homeless people, some advocates are floating the idea of a tiny home village to house residents living...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango delays cuts to transit service

Cuts to the city’s transit routes will start in May instead of April, Durango City Councilors agreed Tuesday. The new date was one of a few tweaks to a larger plan to cut two transit routes that...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

The Rock Lounge has summit in sight after a tough climb

After months of construction, The Rock Lounge, a rock climbing gym, plans to reopen in two weeks at a new location on east 30th Street in Durango. The new training space will fill a void that was...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Aerial performer brings high-flying circus arts to Durango

Val Russell used to spend weekends flying through the air on a trapeze with founding members of Burning Man, a weeklong festival held annually in the Nevada desert. It led to a life-long love of...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango residents asked to weigh in on parks and recreation spending

The city of Durango is gathering input on how it should spend millions of dollars on parks and recreation opportunities over the coming decade, and the time to weigh in is now. The city recently...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Island Cove Mobile Home Park puts pressure on residents

A landlord’s high and constantly changing standards for trailers at Island Cove Mobile Home Park in Durango placed financial pressure on tenants and led some to leave the park, current and former...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Concepts for public art at intersection draw curious crowd

Curious residents packed Ska Brewing on Friday eager to learn about three public art concepts that could be installed at the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection in Durango. Many attendees at the open...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News