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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Gov. Jared Polis and Fort Lewis College voice support for DACA

Gov. Jared Polis and Fort Lewis College are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and its protections for undocumented immigrants brought to...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 13 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Jared Polis targets soaring costs of higher education

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis rolled out a plan Tuesday to combat the high cost of college tuition across the state, and in doing so, highlighted Fort Lewis College’s work to help students financially....

DATE: Nov. 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 14 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Empty storefronts to become temporary art exhibits

Empty storefronts windows along Main Avenue in Durango could be packed with art displays this holiday season to beautify and liven up the downtown. The city’s Creative Economy Commission set aside...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 12 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans Day Parade honors service of millions

Durango-area residents lined Main Avenue on Monday for the Veterans Day Parade to honor the millions who have served in the United States military. Durango Montessori School students in preschool...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 44 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Middle School art teacher works to break the mold

The thought of an entire class doing the same art project, like painting sunflowers, seems to miss the point of creative expression, said Kari Pepper, a teacher at Mountain Middle School. She would...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County veterans center saves 15 lives in first year

The Veterans Outreach Center of La Plata County, which opened last year to help address the physical and mental health needs of those who have served, has stabilized 15 veterans who were...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Volunteers aim to ban single-use plastic bags in Durango

A new volunteer group says banning single-use plastic bags in Durango would reduce local waste that contributes to a massive global plastic pollution problem. The group plans to lobby Durango City...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 32 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College’s proposal for Health Sciences Center ranks No. 1

Fort Lewis College’s proposed $32.8 million Health Sciences Center, intended to accommodate hundreds of students in popular majors, has caught the attention of Gov. Jared Polis. The governor ranked...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R won’t arm school security guards

The Durango School District 9-R board has decided not to arm school security guards with firearms after months of heated community debate. A statement from board members released Thursday said they...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association files with state for buyout number to leave power supplier

La Plata Electric Association is asking the state to determine how much it would cost for the co-op to buy out its contract with its wholesale energy supplier. LPEA is interested in exiting its...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County voter turnout spiked Tuesday

Tax increases, sports betting and school board races spurred far more La Plata County residents to cast ballots in this year’s election than in 2017 – the last comparable election, said Clerk and...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Newcomer topples incumbent to join Durango school board

La Plata County voters opted for change to the Durango School District 9-R Board of Education. Kristin Smith beat Stephanie Moran 56% to 44% on Tuesday night. Smith garnered 5,484 votes to Moran’s...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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