Mary Shinn

Position: Herald staff writer

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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Trump’s health subsidy cuts may not hit local enrollment

Local organizations expect enrollment in the state’s health insurance exchange to be strong, despite President Donald Trump’s recent elimination of cost-sharing payments to insurance companies....

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fire tax proponents have money in the bank

The campaign urging voters to support a property tax increase for the Durango Fire Protection District is running on a tight budget. The Yes for Durango Fire committee reported raising $4,000...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 11 hours 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Nine Durango-area children recognized for bookmarks they created

The Durango City Council has recognized the winners of a bookmark contest sponsored by the Friends of the Durango Public Library and Maria’s Bookshop. Renee Sebestyen, secretary of the Friends of...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2017 | UPDATED: 11 hours 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Annexation of Lake Nighthorse by city of Durango begins

The city took a small step toward opening Lake Nighthorse Tuesday evening by beginning the annexation process. The Durango City Council accepted a petition submitted by the Bureau of Reclamation to...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundreds support 100 percent renewable energy petition in Durango

More than 900 people and 111 businesses support a petition calling for the city to commit to transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050. Advocates presented the signatures to the...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 15 hours 13 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Food hub to distribute produce to low-income residents in Southwest Colorado

More locally harvested produce could make it onto plates across La Plata County next fall through a new food hub. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently granted the Durango Regional Food...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s arts funding may take new form

The city may fund the arts differently next year by offering a more targeted grant program through the Community Development Department. The city is considering setting aside $20,000 for a new...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Miss Hozhoni finds purpose in public health after personal diagnosis

In January, Natalia Sells received unexpected diagnosis: prediabetes. She looked healthy. She was only 21 years old. She was a thriving business management student at Fort Lewis College. In some...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Youth Services moves into county-owned home

La Plata Youth Services, a nonprofit that serves at-risk youths, opened last week in its new location at the former county manager’s house at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The long-vacant...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

R Space in downtown Durango offers new co-working option

R Space, a new co-working space in town, aims to serve nontraditional workers and meet a demand for private rooms for meetings. Kirk Komick and Diane Wildfang, owners of the Rochester Hotel, are...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

What will a fire property tax increase buy?

On their November ballots, city and Durango Fire Protection District residents will be asked to increase their property taxes to pay for more firefighters, fire stations and a training facility. ...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New ownership transforming Days End into Motel Durango

New ownership has brought a new look and new name to an older motel on north Main Avenue. Garth Schultheis and James Coleman, Purgatory Resort owner, bought Days End in May. Since then, Schultheis...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business