Mary Shinn

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

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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Downtown Durango businesses, concerned residents weigh in on panhandling

Business people and concerned residents brainstormed ideas to address panhandling at a packed meeting Tuesday at the Durango Public Library. The Business Improvement District , Durango Chamber of...

DATE: April 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango parent petition focuses on Santa Rita Park safety

Concerned parent Janae Roithmayr wants to make Santa Rita Park safer, especially for some of the smallest visitors. She is circulating a petition for an unobtrusive fence around the play area and...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Former mayor Christina Rinderle leaves legacy of finding compromise

Christina Rinderle, elected as Durango’s youngest female mayor at age 33, recently left office, after eight years of facing contentious issues such as vacation rentals and secondary housing units. ...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cattle market recovers slightly from drop in prices

Despite battles with drought, weeds, grasshoppers and unpredictable market cycles, Wayne and Melody Semler aren’t planning on retirement. “When you are in a business like this, I don’t think you...

DATE: April 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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The Dapper Dog offers alternative to traditional grooming

The Dapper Dog, a mobile dog grooming business, is looking to fluff up pups where they live. Groomer Nicole Ferguson and her business partners Lee Ann and Tony Jackson started the service this...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Two injured when motorcycle hits coyote

A man and woman on a motorcycle hit a coyote near the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Colorado Highway 151, east of Chimney Rock, shortly before 5 p.m. The two were taken to Mercy Regional...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango business owners, residents to discuss panhandling

Business owners and residents will share ideas at a town hall Tuesday about how to tackle panhandling downtown over the summer. “What we hope to accomplish with the town hall is to gather ideas...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ruedi Bear remembered as entrepreneur, champion skier

A former owner of Trimble Hot Springs, Ruedi Bear, was remembered Friday as an entrepreneur who loved jazz and skiing. Bear, 72, died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday evening south of Mancos, where...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Toddler killed, mom injured in crash on Highway 550

A toddler died and his mother was injured when their SUV rolled about 9 a.m. Friday in the 6500 block of U.S. Highway 550, north of the state line. Gabriella Gething, 19, was driving north when she...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata Electric Association vote supports more renewable energy

The La Plata Electric Association board voted unanimously this week to pursue increasing the cap on the amount of renewable energy it can purchase. The board asked staff to negotiate with LPEA’s...

DATE: April 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango City Council approves mixed-use building on Escalante Drive

A mixed-use building on Escalante Drive was approved by the Durango City Council Tuesday. Jerry and Karen Zink are proposing the three-story building that will house retail, restaurant and meeting...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango mayor selected, new candidates sworn in

Newly elected Durango City officials took their oaths of office Tuesday in City Hall. Councilors Sweetie Marbury and Dick White said emotional farewells to former mayor Christina Rinderle and...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News