Position: Health & topics reporter

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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New group aims to bridge rural-urban divide, political polarization

A new group is aiming to bridge the rural-urban divide in La Plata County and foster more conversation around divisive issues, such as the county’s land-use code. La Plata Civil Dialogue was...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wrist surgery puts retired coach back in play

Bob Hofman coached the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks to numerous basketball titles during his tenure, but a surgery to ease his pain kept him from shooting hoops for decades. Hofman lost all the...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 15 hours 57 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Monica Lewinsky to share story of surviving cyberbullying in Durango

Monica Lewinsky describes herself as “patient zero” for losing her personal reputation on a global scale. In April during a visit to Durango, the former White House intern who had a sexual...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

City, county may spend $70,000 on strategic plan to address homelessness

A government-led plan that could identify long-term solutions for homeless residents in Durango may get started this year after a lengthy delay because of the 416 Fire. Durango city councilors and...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy hospital’s parent organization part of mega merger

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system by revenue. The hospital is one of 142 in the new nonprofit Catholic health system formed by the recent...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homeless coalition mum on progress

Camping on public lands has been at the center of a heated debate for several years in Durango as residents and public officials grapple with insufficient shelter for people who are homeless. To...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton Skijoring races return despite storms

SILVERTON – Skijoring races in Silverton on Saturday drew skiers, riders and eager observers despite low temperatures and snowy roads. As icy winds blew, riders on horseback raced down Blair Street...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Electrical co-op challenges Tri-State buyout offer

La Plata Electric Association and other electrical co-ops may gain insight about buying out of a contract with their wholesale electrical supplier after the Colorado Public Utilities Commission...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide survivor finds healing in art at Ignacio community center

IGNACIO – Bonnie Woodward’s depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the result of a house fire, the loss of a child, physical abuse and other trauma. The trauma and poor mental health...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shanta Foundation serving new villages in poorer, drier area of Myanmar

A Durango nonprofit that works with rural villagers in Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia, is expanding into a new region of the country under the direction of a new executive director. The...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit expands plans for homeless village, campground

After learning that 110 students lacked permanent housing last school year in Durango, a group of advocates proposing a village to house homeless and impoverished residents is starting to think...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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