Position: Health & topics 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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Ed Zink – bicyclist, rancher and Durango native – dies at 71

Ed Zink, a founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and longtime La Plata County rancher, died Friday from complications of a heart attack. He was 71. Family...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Public insurance option could lower costs for Connect for Health customers

The state of Colorado proposed an insurance option this week that could offer relief to residents paying some of the highest insurance premiums. The new public insurance option could lower premium...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewage treatment plant nears completion; will it pass the smell test?

The Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility, the largest construction project in city history, is nearing completion and sending cleaner water into the Animas River. But the smell of human waste...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District forum highlights new security personnel, investments

A Durango School District 9-R forum about school safety Wednesday highlighted how the district is investing in new equipment, training and personnel, in addition to weighing whether to arm school...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding granted to build 40-unit complex for disabled homeless residents

Disabled homeless residents in Durango could be moving out of their tents and into a new 40-unit apartment complex within two years. Housing Solutions for the Southwest announced Tuesday the...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango school board candidates debate arming security guards, literacy, finances

Two candidates competing for one Durango School District 9-R board seat took on tough questions Monday at the League of Women Voters forum about arming school guards, improving literacy, school...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

St. Columba School installs solar panels to power buildings

St. Columba School expects to start producing more than enough electricity this fall on sunny days to power its campus and adjacent church buildings to offset its carbon footprint and educate its...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 27 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College paves way for free tuition to lower-income students

Fort Lewis College announced Friday it will ensure students from working and middle-class families can attend the school tuition-free starting next fall. The FLC Tuition Promise, a new grant...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango school board candidates address firearms, superintendent

Two Durango School District 9-R candidates are competing for a chance to tackle sticky issues, such as arming school security guards, after a tumultuous year for the district. Incumbent Stephanie...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College drops ‘liberal arts’ from mission statement

The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees approved a new mission statement for the school Friday that drops the words liberal arts, but school officials say, captures the essence of what it means to...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summit County cooperative agrees to help Southwest Colorado group lower insurance costs

A Summit County cooperative that successfully negotiated lower health care insurance costs for workers and employers is going to help a similar group do the same for Southwest Colorado. The...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents call for behavioral health care reform

In emotional and sometimes tearful testimony, residents told state officials Tuesday the behavioral health system in Southwest Colorado is understaffed and unable to provide sufficient care for...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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