Position: City & health 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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Proposed ban on sitting and lying on sidewalks splits residents

Residents split on the need to prohibit everyone from sitting or lying on city sidewalks during a hearing Wednesday afternoon at Durango City Hall. Passionate residents said they were often afraid...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric candidates weigh renewables, costs

Candidates competing for the La Plata Electric Association board are divided on how aggressively to pursue renewable energy, and some argue it’s time for a fresh vision. LPEA is limited on how...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dick White passes mayor’s gavel to Sweetie Marbury

The mayor’s gavel passed from Dick White to Sweetie Marbury on Tuesday night. White thanked everyone, including his colleagues, for their dedication to civil discussion. He noted that during his...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 20 hours 52 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Lottery funds cover Parks and Rec shop costs

Durango City Council approved more funding for new Parks and Recreation Department buildings at Greenmount Cemetery on Tuesday night. The city’s initial estimate for the project was $2.3 million,...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 20 hours 53 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying down on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 20 hours 55 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit, backed by funding, looks to reduce DUIs

As the number of people who die in crashes caused by alcohol or drugs rises statewide, a coalition in La Plata County is forming to encourage responsible driving. In 2016, 191 people in Colorado...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 20 hours 54 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

La Plata Electric Association has long touted its support for green energy, but now it’s close to reaching a cap on the local renewable power it can support. The co-op serves more than 30,000...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Republican from Durango to challenge state Rep. Barbara McLachlan

Republican Joe Brinkerhoff is challenging state House Rep. Barbara McLachlan in the November election. The Durangoan said he wants to focus on improving transportation and education across the...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s the heavy construction on Main Avenue? It’s pipe lining

A contractor is upgrading storm water pipes this week and next week underneath Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Rather than digging up the street to replace the pipes, AUI , a contractor from...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit tightens its belt

When the city eliminates bus routes on May 7, Ron Edwards expects to spend a lot more time waiting, especially at Mercy Regional Medical Center, for a ride. This spring, Edwards asked the Durango...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recycling bills may rise for Durango residents

Residents could pay more for recycling on their monthly utility bill by the summer. A new monthly surcharge is needed to cover processing costs that went up in March, City Operations Director Levi...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Child care opens in Smiley Building

Cafe au Play, a new nonprofit, could ease the shortage of child care in Durango by serving infants and toddlers, including those with developmental delays. Across La Plata County, licensed child...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News