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Special series: Solutions to youth suicide in La Plata County

Position: Health & topics reporter


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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Teen’s death leads to lasting suicide prevention project

After Cody Ledford, an Escalante Middle School student, died by suicide last year, his family asked everyone who was concerned to send donations to La Plata County 4-H in lieu of flowers. The...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Basin Public Health sets ambitious goals for suicide prevention

After hundreds of people gathered for a summit about suicide last year, San Juan Basin Public Health started organizing a communitywide effort to work at reducing the suicide rate. Based on...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis, nonprofit aim to boost voter turnout

Voters younger than 30 are the least likely to participate in elections nationally, but a nonpartisan group is working hard to ensure young adults participate in the upcoming midterm election. The...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 11 hours 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New Ignacio preschool plans to open in January

A new preschool will open in early January in Ignacio after the planned closure of Southern Ute Head Start. The Ignacio Early Learning Program will open in the former Pine River Community Learning...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 14 hours 43 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Communities That Care coalitions aim to create healthy connections

Across Colorado and in La Plata County, coalitions are working on new efforts to reduce underage drinking, drug use, violence and other problem behavior among teens. It’s work that could also help...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Construction begins on upgrades at Durango’s skate park

City officials hope shaded seating and a drinking fountain will draw more families and Animas River Trail users to Schneider Skate Park in west Durango. Construction on the $126,600 improvements...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 14 hours 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Leader of DU’s school of social work campus in Durango to retire

The founding director of Durango’s University of Denver School of Social Work campus, Wanda Ellingson, is retiring after 16 years. Before she started as director, Ellingson helped develop the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 14 hours 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

General Election ballots will be mailed Monday

Ballots will be mailed Monday to voters across La Plata County ahead of the Nov. 6 General Election. Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker said she expects turnout to be strong for the midterm...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Court-ordered drug offenders being sent out of area for inpatient care

All La Plata County drug court participants must now travel outside the area for inpatient treatment after the closure of residential treatment services in Ignacio. Most drug court participants...

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

Opioid Memorial Wall to visit Durango on Monday

Editor’s note: The Opioid Memorial Wall will not be visiting the Durango Public Library on Monday because of snow storms on the Front Range. The display was planned to raise awareness about the...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Grief care a crucial support for the bereaved

Tye McClish’s daughter, Lily, was 13 when she died by suicide in Moab, Utah, in January 2017. “The hardest thing for me is there is not going to be any more pictures. There is not going to be any...

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

Unopposed candidates in La Plata County outline accomplishments, goals

Candidates for La Plata County coroner, assessor, surveyor, and clerk and recorder are running unopposed in the November election. The Durango Herald asked unopposed candidates to outline their...

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

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