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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Sand volleyball courts may be built in Schneider Park

The city may build two sand volleyball courts in Schneider Park next year to replace the courts consumed by the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant at Santa Rita Park. The lighted courts...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 13 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Airbnb begins collecting taxes in Durango

Airbnb started collecting sales and lodgers tax from its local hosts in the city this month. “This partnership helps us grow our city’s revenue while promoting travel and tourism to the region,”...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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City of Durango utilities director position will not be filled

The city’s director of utilities position will not be filled after the department head abruptly resigned in June. The decision not to fill the position was part of a larger reorganization the...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fifth Street Eatery in downtown Durango to close

The Fifth Street Eatery plans to close at the end of month after about three years of serving up fried chicken and other Southern favorites near the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Owner...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Taking an internet speed test could help make case for better infrastructure

Some rural internet customers in Southwest Colorado may pay for internet speeds that they don’t experience. To help advocate for funding to pay for improved rural broadband internet infrastructure...

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

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Startup software company GitPrime aims to be major employer

In the three years since it was founded, GitPrime started serving customers all over the world and aims to grow into a major employer in Durango. Founders Travis Kimmel and Ben Thompson started the...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Does Durango need a new water treatment plant?

Water rates for Durango residents increased steeply in recent years to pay for upgraded infrastructure, including a new water treatment plant at Lake Nighthorse, that a local water engineer says...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Gubernatorial candidate outlines vision for renewable energy, inclusive economy

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis promised to pursue renewable energy, universal preschool and make the economy work for everyone while campaigning for governor Thursday in Durango. Polis , a Democrat and a...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 6 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Vantiv could settle class-action lawsuit for $52M

Vantiv Integrated Payments could pay $52 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claims the company charged customers unauthorized and marked-up fees. Businesses in Ohio, California and...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 6 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango residents to vote on property tax increase to fund fire district

Voters will be asked to increase property taxes to fund the Durango Fire Protection District in November. The Durango City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to ask city voters to raise taxes by...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘We are all homeless’ exhibit in Durango aims to humanize issue

Handwritten pleas for help, written by homeless people, were installed at the Durango Transit Center Monday to help further the conversation about the issue in Durango. Willie Baronet, artist and...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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BP test well finds promising source of natural gas in San Juan Basin

A highly productive natural-gas well tested in the San Juan Basin could encourage more new drilling in the San Juan Basin’s Mancos Shale. The well test started in June about seven miles south of...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News