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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La Plata Electric Association approves rate increase

The La Plata Electric Association board voted this week to increase its rates in April to maintain and improve its infrastructure and prepare the grid for the future. The new charge will be levied...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Regional blood supplier faces critical shortage

The only blood supplier to hospitals in the region is facing a national shortage of blood. Vitalant, the nonprofit that supplies Mercy Regional Medical Center, currently has less than a day and a...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

After announcing plans to nix coal, Tri-State says it will invest in solar, wind

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the power supplier for Southwest Colorado, announced Wednesday it plans to build solar arrays in the region as part of a larger plan to replace coal-fired...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

The Union Social House, home to bar and food truck, opens on north Main in Durango

The Union Social House, home to a bar, food truck and gallery, aims to fill a niche on north Main Avenue by creating a family atmosphere with games and regular live music. Longtime Durango events...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R weighs cellphone ban

Durango School District 9-R is considering a cellphone ban that could go into effect at the middle schools next school year. The new rule could prohibit students from using their cellphones at all...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango tourism rebounds in 2019, but not for all business sectors

A wet winter in 2019 helped pack slopes at Purgatory Resort and made rapids busy on the Animas River, but Durango’s recovery from the 416 Fire hasn’t been uniform. “We did rebound from ’18. ......

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter farmers market to open in Powerhouse Science Center

Farmers market junkies meeting their favorite local vendors in parking lots over the winter to buy eggs, meat and other year-round products will soon have a more formal option. The Seven Rivers...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Nayarit Restaurant opening second location

Nayarit Restaurant, a hot spot on north Main Avenue, is opening a second location near Walmart to serve the rapidly growing South Camino del Rio corridor and Three Springs. The new location is...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dogs and mushers fly through Silverton

SILVERTON – A cacophony of yips and yowls filled the bitter winter air Saturday, as racers and their dogs took their places at the starting line again and again during the Silverton Flying Sled Dog...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Primi Pasta and Wine Bar opens on Main Avenue

Primi Pasta and Wine Bar, Durango’s newest restaurant on Main Avenue, opened Friday night in the space formerly occupied by Guido’s Pizza Pasta Panini, offering dishes inspired by the simple,...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest restoration project could bolster timber industry

A new project to improve the health of 750,000 acres of forest in Southwest Colorado could open new opportunities for the timber industry to harvest more wood and use it in nontraditional ways. ...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tri-State to close Colorado, New Mexico coal-fired power plants by 2030

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the energy supplier for Southwest Colorado, announced Thursday it will close its coal-fired power plants in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030, a move that would...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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