Position: Health & topics reporter

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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Durango school board holsters decision to arm employees with guns

The Durango School District 9-R board decided not to make a decision Monday night about whether to arm district employees with guns. The board was weighing a resolution that would have declared...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 hour 55 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cardiology and urology clinic opens in Durango

A cardiology and urology clinic opened Monday on Florida Road in Durango to offer specialty medical care in the area. San Juan Health Partners Specialty Services operated in Bayfield for 2½ years...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 32 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango retiree buys one-way ticket to Asia

Many dream about leaving their job and buying a one-way ticket to a fantastic destination. Durangoan Ray Pierotti did it. Pierotti, 67, retired as the energy adviser and lighting specialist at La...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Economic development group for La Plata County hires interim director

The La Plata County Economic Development Alliance, a nonprofit that works with public agencies and private businesses to grow jobs and diversify the local economy, plans to hire an interim...

DATE: June 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What do panhandlers want?

What do panhandlers want? Cash, food, toiletries, a ride out of town? Justin Crosby held up a sign reading “anything helps” last week in front of Walmart. He said his message is generally true. He...

DATE: June 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

School’s out, but lunch is still served in Ignacio

Summer vacation is well underway, and for some children, that can mean a departure from healthy, consistent meals. But in Ignacio, several nonprofits worked together to restart the free summer...

DATE: June 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite cold spring, bears should have good natural food supply

A wet winter and spring should help keep bears fed and out of neighborhoods across Southwest Colorado. “Most of the bears are able to make an honest living,” said Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager...

DATE: June 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Services axes decision to use chain saws in wilderness, for now

The U.S. Forest Service rescinded its decision to allow chain saws in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas, at least temporarily, because of heavy snowpack that will keep trail crews out of...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde National Park visitation down 8% in wake of fires, federal shutdown

Visits to Mesa Verde National Park declined about 8% in 2018 compared with the previous year because of wildfires and the partial federal government shutdown. Visits to the park dropped from...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Camera captures bear burned in 416 Fire waking from hibernation

A female bear cub rescued from the 416 Fire survived the winter in an artificial den and emerged in April with another orphaned bear. The bears’ first moments outside their den were captured on a...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Motorcyclist critically injured in Highway 3 crash

A motorcyclist was critically injured Friday night in the 900 block of Colorado Highway 3, south of downtown Durango. Durango resident Wilford Albo, 45, was traveling north on a white 2007...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Retired Durango doctor, wife recovering from head-on crash east of Bayfield

Bayfield resident and well-known doctor Richard Grossman was reading The Durango Herald in the passenger seat of his Toyota Prius on his way to Pagosa Springs on Friday when he looked up to see an...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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