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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Vallecito couple faces cancer, insurance uncertainty

In the months since Vallecito resident Connie Allen was diagnosed with breast cancer, the fear of losing affordable insurance has loomed over her. For Connie and her husband, Doug, owners of...

DATE: June 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Plate closing at the end of June

Plate, a restaurant at the intersection of County Road 250 and Florida Road, is closing on June 30. General manager Nicole Clark said the decision to close the casual fine dining restaurant was...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Workers demolish building for wastewater treatment project

Work on the $54 million Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility on Friday was cacophonous and dusty as workers demolished the administration building. It is the first building to be demolished as...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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King II Coal Mine expansion proposal splits crowd

An open house Tuesday at the Breen Community Building focused on the expansion of a coal mine west of Durango drew ardent supporters and skeptics. The GCC Energy King II Coal Mine 20 miles west of...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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More than $1 million needed to finish softball fields, tennis courts

Softball field and tennis court construction at Fort Lewis College will require an additional $1.35 million in funding. The Durango City Council unanimously approved the additional funding from a...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Sports

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No-wake Lake Nighthorse petition draws 1,200 signatures

A petition aimed at preventing wakes on Lake Nighthorse was presented to the Durango City Council on Monday. Rose Chilcoat, with the Quiet Lake Nighthorse Coalition, delivered about 1,200...

DATE: June 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Warm weather likely cause of Durango & Silverton train derailment

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad derailment late Saturday afternoon was the second worst incident in more than 30 years, and the second in one day on the tracks. The train was...

DATE: June 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Glide Durango puts a spin on historical tours

Tourists and locals alike will be gliding around downtown this summer on personal transporters, taking in the historical sites. Kirstine Carll and Lisa Farless opened Glide Durango, a seasonal...

DATE: June 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Train derailment causes delays

A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train derailed on Saturday afternoon causing some delays for passengers. No one was injured when some coach cars on a train returning from Silverton...

DATE: June 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Motorheads share the love at car show

For years, Myron Tolf saw many of the same cars at the Durango Old Car Club’s show, and so for the last three, he’s built a custom roadster for the show. The retired civil engineer worked on hot...

DATE: June 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Despite dip in visits, Colorado ski resorts report strong year

Visits to 22 ski areas across Colorado were down slightly during the 2016-17 season. Purgatory Resort, Hesperus Ski Area and the 20 other members of Colorado Ski Country USA reported 7.3 million...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango’s utilities director resigns abruptly

City Utilities Director Steve Salka resigned from his post on Thursday, effective immediately. He cited a disagreement with City Manager Ron LeBlanc as the reason for leaving his position. Salka...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News