Position: Health & topics 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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Housing needed to solve homelessness, advocate says

Housing is the answer to homelessness, not laws criminalizing it. That was the message Tristia Bauman, staff attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty , delivered to more...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 46 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Intersection art to be scaled back for lack of grant

Artists will have to scale back plans for an art installation planned for a busy intersection in Durango after the city missed out on a grant worth thousands of dollars. The new installation at...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 47 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Will higher density help Durango’s housing future?

Jeff Dupont’s rental unit above his garage helped make it possible for him to move his family into historic Durango. Previous to that, he was living in a subdivision outside the city, where median...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 hours 6 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Experts to host community dinner to discuss homelessness

The criminalization of homelessness, hunger and housing will be among some of the big topics of community discussion at a dinner Wednesday that will feature a talk by a senior lawyer from the...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Donations spike on Colorado Gives Day in Southwest Colorado

Donors gave more to nonprofits in Southwest Colorado than they did last year for Colorado Gives Day. Across a five-county region, 67 nonprofits received $231,471 from a total of 1,457 donations,...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 21 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College students study what motivates young voters

Fort Lewis College students examined the factors that motivate young people to vote during a semester that featured a highly contentious midterm election. Turnout among young voters in La Plata...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 17 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Housing boom doing little for lower-income workers

A development boom in subdivisions adjacent to downtown is adding dozens of homes to Durango’s real estate stock, but the increasing supply will do little to temper costs – and teachers, clerks,...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Co-op seeks to change Tri-State rules to boost renewable energy buying power

A Front Range electrical co-op is asking La Plata Electric Association for help in changing the restrictive rules imposed by electrical wholesale supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission....

DATE: Dec. 7, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention efforts to expand next year in La Plata County

Efforts to address the high rate of suicides in La Plata County will expand in scope next year, community group representatives said Thursday at a forum. A panel of six experts highlighted new...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 49 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Groups plan how to help those with special needs during emergencies

During the Lightner Creek Fire in 2017, some residents with disabilities left their homes without medications and supplies. Evacuees were able to obtain medications they needed by receiving early...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Rising prices make it difficult for first-time homebuyers

Wildland firefighter Jonathan Wegener dreamed about homeownership for about four years before recently purchasing his first home in north Animas City. For a while he hunted for a house in Mancos...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango seeks public comment on allowing ADUs in new areas

The city of Durango is seeking feedback on a plan to allow single-family homeowners to build and rent out apartments on their properties in new areas of town. The new rules could apply to...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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