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Position: Herald staff writer


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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How much do you pay to flush?

After three years of steep rate increases, sewer rates in Durango have outpaced the national average and are set to go up again in January. Residents in Bayfield, Ignacio and other communities in...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA targets Superfund near Silverton for ‘immediate and intense attention’

The Environmental Protection Agency named the Bonita Peak Mining District near Silverton one of its top priorities among Superfund sites across the country Friday. “We understand that we have an...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Now hiring: Advocate to tackle homelessness

Durango City Council and La Plata County commissioners agreed Thursday to fund a coordinator position to address homelessness. The city, county and nonprofits could each contribute about $33,000 –...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort closes mid-day Thursday for power outage

Purgatory Resort closed mid-day Thursday after a tree fell through a power line causing an electrical outage. Wind blew a large Ponderosa into a power line near the top of Lift 2. Crews were...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Latest homeless count likely underestimates numbers in Durango and Colorado

An affordable housing shortage is driving a rise in homelessness in Colorado. Across the state, 10,940 people were homeless on one night in January, a 3.7 percent increase compared with 2016,...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango adopts stricter energy code

On a split vote Tuesday, the Durango City Council adopted the 2015 energy code that will require all new construction in city limits to be more efficient. Councilors Dean Brookie and Melissa...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Basin Coop to enter city limits and pay sales tax

Basin Coop, along south Camino del Rio, will likely enter Durango city limits next year, which means customers will pay city sales tax on some products. Durango Planning Commission approved the...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Townhouses proposed near Island Cove Park

A proposal to build three townhomes north of Island Cove Park in Durango raised concerns about the park’s future Monday at a Planning Commission meeting. In particular, residents and neighbors...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Restaurant incubator earns early nod from city planners

A slew of restaurants could find a home on Mercury Village Drive overlooking the Animas River in a new project called Taste Durango. Ed Kileen, an owner of Peak Development Partners , is proposing...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pickleball helps Durango woman beat back depression

Six months ago, Cathy Sykes was sinking deeper into depression, an illness she has suffered with most of her life. “She felt her life was really kind of over,” Sykes’ mom, Barbara Elliott, said....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students to host dinner, exhibition around homelessness

Animas High School juniors plan to bring homeless residents and the larger community together over dinner to help bridge a rift in town. “Our goal that we created as a class for this project is to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado aims to clean up trashy record on recycling

New goals could help clean up the state’s trashy record on waste. Colorado diverts only 12 percent of its waste from the landfill, far below the national average of 34 percent, according to a...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life