Mary Shinn

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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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Durango Planning Commission OKs comp plan

An update to the Comprehensive Plan as approved Wednesday night by the Durango Planning Commission. “This is a really incredible document that really reflects why we live here,” Planning...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Dave McHenry wants the city to get ‘back to basics’

Dave McHenry wants the city to get back to basics such as paving alleys and fixing sidewalks. “Once we accomplish the simple things, we can go back and do the glitzy things,” he said during a...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Tom Eskew vows to bring outsider’s perspective to Durango City Council

A $32 parking ticket and the anticipated use of motorized boats on Lake Nighthorse motivated Tom Eskew to run for Durango City Council. “Durango, it’s like a casino almost, they just always want to...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Durango couple launches Highland Helicopters to fill flying niche

When TriState Careflight closed, helicopter pilot Brandon Laird and his wife, flight paramedic Dayle Morningstar Laird, decided to open their own business last year. “We decided to dig in and make...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Durango City Council tweaks Comprehensive Plan

The Durango City Council made final tweaks to the Comprehensive Plan Tuesday ahead of a vote expected on April 4. The document lays out a plan for how the city could accommodate 16,000 more people...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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City Council candidate Dean Brookie pledges to focus on long-term vision

After four years on the Durango City Council and serving as mayor during the Gold King Mine spill, Dean Brookie said he understands the importance of focusing on the big picture and balancing many...

DATE: March 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Chris Bettin believes housing is Durango’s top issue

For Chris Bettin, the No. 1 issue facing Durango is housing. Some aspects of the housing market are beyond Durango City Council’s purview, but he would like to add incentives for developers to...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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2 pedestrians die of injuries after Main Avenue crash

Two pedestrians died Saturday after being hit along Main Avenue near 21st Street. A driver in a white Chevrolet Suburban with a Texas license plate was traveling north when the vehicle jumped the...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Bennet vows to fight president on immigration, Climate change

Sen. Michael Bennet vowed to fight federal cuts to health care and clean air and water protections during a packed town hall meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel on Friday morning. He also called for...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Whitewater construction on Animas River faces uncertain timeline

Work to make the Durango Whitewater Park safer may not be completed this spring because of rising runoff in the Animas River. The city started construction in late February to widen and lower some...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Fluoride pro’s and con’s debated at Durango forum

Advocates made passionate pleas for preserving and removing fluoride from the city’s water Thursday at a League of Women forum at Durango City Hall. Jim Forleo with Clean Water Durango and Sherrod...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Vantiv, with Durango office, named nation’s top payment processor

Vantiv on Thursday was named the top payment processor in the country. The company, that has its second-largest office in Durango, processed more debit and credit transactions than any other...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news