Mary Shinn

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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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Downtown Durango sales set Christmas record

Durango’s downtown businesses had a record-setting Christmas season. The Central Business District set a new monthly record for sales and saw a 2 percent increase in sales tax collections, said Tim...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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CDOT lays out details of roadwork on main corridor through Durango

A plan to smooth and resurface U.S. Highway 160 and north Main Avenue sparked some questions Thursday evening at a Colorado Department of Transportation meeting about conflicts with business and...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Liberty School seeks temporary space as building plan stalls

The private Liberty School is searching for a temporary space to hold classes in the fall. “We are exploring all of our options,” Head of School Christian Holmen said. The school has raised more...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cake shop opens inside Fifth Street Eatery

Decadent cupcakes are now tempting those planning to indulge in Fifth Street Eatery’s Southern dishes. After closing for three days at the end of January, the restaurant has reopened with fresh...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Durango council approves buffer for marijuana shops

The Durango City Council approved a 250-foot buffer between marijuana shops Tuesday night. In the Central Business District, council approved an additional regulation that would prevent marijuana...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Density discussed at Durango Comprehensive Plan review

If 13,000 people move to town by 2040, the city expects at least some will move to dense development in town, and to new housing in the Animas River Valley, Three Springs and the top of Farmington...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Acme Healing Center marijuana shop fined for code violations

Acme Healing Center was fined $2,000 Tuesday by the Local Licensing Authority board for violating city marijuana rules. “I think it is a very fair and equitable settlement,” board member Bob Ledger...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Oohs & Aahs set to close as owner nears retirement

Oohs & Aahs on Main Avenue plans to close on the last day of February. After 23 years, Phyllis Burwell, the owner of the high-end furniture store and interior decorating service, plans to retire...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Obamacare repeal could leave Colorado with high Medicaid cost

Thousands of people in Southwest Colorado are enrolled in Medicaid, but the state may not be able to maintain all that coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. President Donald Trump signed...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Colorado Discovery Festival showcases careers in science

With pipettes, students carefully added rubbing alcohol to plastic tubes to help DNA from wheat unwind. Shaking their tubes as instructed, they saw hundreds of thousands of white strands. These are...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Animas River Trail construction on north extension to begin this summer

Change is coming to the Animas River Trail this year to make it safer and extend it north. Construction is expected to start this summer on a trail extension that will run from Animas City Park to...

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

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Main Avenue buildings may be redeveloped

A proposal to tear down two buildings in the 1100 block of Main Avenue and a building on Narrow Gauge Avenue was floated during a Historic Preservation Board meeting Wednesday. The plans for the...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News