Position: City & health 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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City of Durango approves a nontraditional subdivision

A proposed subdivision that has raised some controversy near Florida Road and Colorado Avenue won over city officials this week. A few Durango city councilors praised the courtyard design of the...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango commits to timeline for opening new homeless camp

The city of Durango committed to opening a new homeless camp adjacent to the Durango Dog Park by June 30 at the latest in a letter to the La Plata County commissioners. La Plata County needs to...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council approves vision for north Main, Camino del Rio

The vision for a walkable and safe north Main Avenue and Camino del Rio is complete. Durango City Council unanimously approved the new plan for the well-traveled corridors Tuesday. Executive...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango residents to pay more for recycling

Durango residents will see a new recycling surcharge on their June utility bills. Durango City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the $2.69 per-month increase to cover costs of processing...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mental Health Mardi Gras to celebrate life, prevent suicide

The community will remember Escalante Middle School student Cody Ledford at a multifaceted event Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of his death by suicide. The gathering will feature a vigil for...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Old Car Club calls off motor expo this summer

For the first time in 35 years, iconic cars will not gather for Durango’s Motor Expo this summer. Durango Old Car Club members decided not to organize the car show this year, but it’s not...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County installs public art at fairgrounds

Prancing and rearing steel horses were installed Monday at the entrance to the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Two donors gifted the public art pieces, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said. ...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango seeks to curb grease disposal that clogs sewer lines

Restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and other organizations that serve food could face greater scrutiny from the city of Durango when it comes to grease disposal. Fats, oils and grease that...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Backlog gives Durango reprieve from wastewater quality deadline

In an effort to meet new state water-quality standards by March, the city of Durango rushed to ask voters in 2015 to approve more than $60 million in debt so it could start construction on the...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cataract surgery evolves to make vision even sharper

A new tool at Four Corners Eye Clinic ensures that surgeons can more precisely replace lenses in the eyes of cataract patients. The clinic’s intraoperative aberrometer, or ORA, allows doctors to...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Housing voucher waitlist opens after four years

The waitlist for federal housing vouchers in La Plata County and neighboring counties opened this week for the first time in more than four years. Housing Solutions of the Southwest staff members...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners want Durango’s plan for homeless camp

La Plata County commissioners want the city of Durango to clear up several uncertainties about a new homeless camp the city plans to open adjacent to the Durango Dog Park before the county closes...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News