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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Homeowners could see lower sewer rates

New homeowners could get a break on their sewer rates based on a vote by Durango city councilors on Tuesday evening. Residential sewer rates are based on a household’s average water consumption...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bayfield tile import company finds success on web

The shift to online shopping, sometimes viewed as a threat to small retailers, is the foundation of Bayfield-based Mexican Tile Design’s business. Andy Kayner and his wife, Jenny Wrenn, import...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Acme Healing Center accused of code violations

Acme Healing Center was accused Tuesday during a hearing of improperly storing marijuana products and not having a working security system. After the retail marijuana shop on County Road 203 was...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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EPA outlines emergency management improvements after Gold King Mine spill

After the Gold King Mine spill, the Environmental Protection Agency created a national team to assist with emergencies, started new trainings and made changes to its communications plans. The EPA...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ewing Mesa events center enters planning stage in La Plata County

A multipurpose events center at Ewing Mesa is set to enter the planning stage this year. Co-founder of Mercury Payment Systems, Mark Katz, bought 1,850 acres on Ewing Mesa adjacent to Horse Gulch...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Appaloosa Trading Co. reopens near state line on Highway 550

Appaloosa Trading Co. reopened in December in the Twin Crossing’s building on U.S. Highway 550, two miles from the state line. The shop on County Road 203 near Hermosa Creek closed in May and much...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Highway 550 mountain passes stay closed overnight Saturday

Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes stayed closed overnight Saturday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. It was too dangerous for crews to do avalanche mitigation on U.S....

DATE: Jan. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango to replace Parks and Rec shop

A new multimillion-dollar building will replace the cramped quarters at the Durango Parks and Recreation shop and offices at Greenmount Cemetery. Offices for the parks, natural lands, trails,...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Longtime library, community volunteer Beverly Darmour dies

Beverly Darmour, a key player in the Durango Public Library, Hospice of Mercy, Meals on Wheels and the community Thanksiving Dinner, died at home of heart failure Monday. She was 92. “One of things...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Vantiv donates to Fort Lewis College computer engineering program

Fort Lewis College’s new computer engineering program, set to start in the fall, got a financial boost from Vantiv this week. Vantiv, a payment-processing company, donated $25,000 to the degree...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango residents raise concerns about proposed Camino del Rio hotel

Residents expressed concerns about the displacement of 12 businesses, traffic along Camino del Rio and the loss of views at a meeting Wednesday about a proposed hotel on Camino del Rio. A proposed...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Former businesswoman announces bid for City Council

Melissa Youssef announced Wednesday she’s running for a Durango City Council seat, and she promised to invest in Durango’s infrastructure, provide transparent fiscal oversight and work with the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News