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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LPEA board members’ spending varies widely

As the May 2 La Plata Electric Association election draws near, concern about one candidate’s spending, the board’s top earner last year, has spread on social media. Former Republican state Rep. J....

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grass fire contained near Highway 172

A grass fire burned 25 to 30 acres Saturday afternoon near Highway 172 and County Road 222 in the Florida River Valley. Despite strong winds, the fire was fully contained before 5 p.m., although...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fundraiser settles lunch debt for Miller students

Miller Middle School announced it would serve partial lunches to students who owned $8 or more to the cafeteria this week, prompting a school employee to start a Facebook fundraiser to pay off...

DATE: April 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association names new CEO

La Plata Electric Association has named a new CEO to lead the co-op as it studies ways to diversify power supply in an effort to cut carbon. The LPEA board selected Jessica Matlock, assistant...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric could save money if it left energy supplier

La Plata Electric Association’s investigation into greener power sources found that purchasing electricity from outside sources could save money without hurting reliability. But the cost of leaving...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Election committee deems LPEA candidate eligible

A candidate running for a seat on the La Plata Electric Association board has been deemed eligible to compete in the election at least until his residency is reviewed at the end of the month. The...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Preschool in the woods: Rope, compasses and binoculars will be required

A class of 4-year-olds will spend next school year learning primarily outdoors in the sun, rain and snow through Durango School District 9-R’s first forest preschool. The class of 16 students is...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obesity rates rise in La Plata and Montezuma counties

Too much fat and sugar may be catching up with residents in La Plata and Montezuma counties, causing obesity rates to rise slowly but steadily, a report by County Health Rankings found. About 17...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

French transplants mourn Notre Dame Cathedral

For Durangoan Jean-Pierre Bleger, seeing flames engulf Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday summoned feelings of watching the World Trade Center towers fall on Sept. 11. “It takes you right in the guts,”...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

A shot of moisture in forecast for Southwest Colorado

A spring storm is expected to move into the region Tuesday evening, bringing a shot of moisture to La Plata and Montezuma counties. Forecasters are calling for only a tenth of an inch of rain...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

After years of public controversy about how to deal with homelessness in town, the city of Durango and La Plata County have hired a consulting firm to help officials and community members tackle...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoan supports charity work in India with baked goods

Lessons learned during the U.S. recession helped Bernie David, a part-time Durangoan, form a sustainable nonprofit in India focused on helping women from the poorest backgrounds learn vocational...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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