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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La Plata Electric Association resending 700 ballots

La Plata Electric Association is mailing out about 700 ballots for a second time after about 950 ballots were recently returned. The co-op verified the addresses for the 700 ballots and remailed...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport prepares for disaster

Volunteers sported fake bruises, wide-open cuts, broken bones and smears of blood as part of a mock plane crash Friday at Durango-La Plata County Airport. One woman lay on asphalt with a fake...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango teachers, students wear red for higher public school funding

Durango School District 9-R teachers, staff, students and parents will wear red on Friday in support of educators gathered at the Capitol in Denver rallying for public education funding. “This is...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango updating sign code to comply with First Amendment

The city of Durango’s rules on signs – commercial, political, religious or otherwise – will be updated this summer to be content neutral. The change will bring the city into compliance with a...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council supports ban on sitting, lying on downtown sidewalks

Durango City Council supported a new ordinance during a work session Tuesday night that would prohibit sitting or lying on sidewalks or in alleys downtown. The proposal has been controversial...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Previously denied project gets OK from Durango Planning Commission

Durango Planning Commission approved a controversial proposal to build 10 new homes on Jameson Drive west of Florida Road during a Monday night hearing. The developer revised plans for the...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime teacher Stephanie Moran helped hundreds of nontraditional students succeed

Stephanie Moran helped lay the foundation for hundreds of students to earn their GED diplomas at the Durango Adult Education Center over the past 18 years. As the high school equivalency program...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Successful fundraiser to house homeless woman inspires campaign

Durango photographer Kyla Jenkinson raised enough money in three days on GoFundMe to house her homeless friend for three months. She launched the online campaign the day before Christmas Eve –...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Republican may not challenge state Rep. Barbara McLachlan

A Republican who planned to challenge state Rep. Barbara McLachlan for House District 59 may not make the ballot. Joe Brinkerhoff was registered with the Green Party on the day of the 59th House...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Performance center opens at Fort Lewis College, could attract elite athletes

Exercise science majors at Fort Lewis College now have more opportunities to do research and work with athletes thanks to the newly opened Fort Lewis College Durango Performance Center. The Durango...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango may allow homeowners to add accessory apartments in new neighborhoods

The city of Durango could allow homeowners to add rental apartments on their properties in Crestview, Riverview, Hillcrest and other areas this summer. Allowing more homeowners to build an...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High students aim to end teen isolation

Bullying and feelings of isolation can follow teenagers home from school through social media, and students across La Plata County want that to end. “Some kids experience (post-traumatic stress...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News