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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Flash flood watch in effect for 416 Fire burn scar

The risk of flooding near the 416 Fire is expected to persist Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the 416 Fire burn scar from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday. The...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association in talks with three solar developers

New solar projects could be built in the region, despite limits La Plata Electric Association’s wholesale supplier places on the renewable energy the co-op can purchase. Three serious proposals...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anglers asked to pick right time of day to avoid stressing fish

Fish in streams and rivers across Southwest Colorado are likely stressed as water levels dwindle. Low flows and high temperatures lead to lower dissolved oxygen levels in the water, which can be...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four-story building planned for intersection of north Main Avenue, Camino del Rio

A four-story building at the intersection of Main Avenue and Camino del Rio could house 33 new condominiums or a hotel. Frank Jarrell and his wife, Janet King, own the medical office on the...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Emergency Relief Fund giving workers peace of mind

A steady stream of residents who lost their job or wages because of the 416 Fire flowed into the Bank of Colorado earlier this week to pick up gift cards to pay for necessities, such as rent and...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burned bear cub gains international attention, seen as symbol of hope

The story of a burned bear cub found near the southwest end of the 416 Fire has garnered international attention and resonated with readers, who suggested a range of fire-inspired names for the...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Emergency aid being doled out for hourly workers affected by 416 Fire

After weeks of fundraising, Community Emergency Relief Fund aid will reach hourly workers who lost their jobs or wages in the wake of the 416 Fire. The Community Foundation Serving Southwest...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Increased marketing aims to bring in tourists

Marketing efforts will ramp up this summer in an effort to reverse the financial harm caused by the 416 Fire and bring tourists to Durango. Durango’s streets have been fairly quiet in recent weeks...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy targets emerging epidemic of fragile bone fractures

Mercy Regional Medical Center is aiming to reduce the number of broken bones osteoporosis patients suffer as the population ages. The National Orthopedic Association describes the 2 million...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Four-story building with 42 condos planned for Main Avenue

A mixed-use building that could house 42 new condominiums and commercial space could be built next spring in the 1100 block of Main Avenue. The four-story building would take the place of three...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home construction could disturb open space near Riverview Elementary

Riverview-area residents are concerned a proposed house will disturb a steep hillside at the end of East Seventh Avenue. The home could be built on private property adjacent to well-traveled open...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata River dries up early in drought year

The La Plata River dried up in May when runoff from snowpack would normally have been making its way from Hesperus to the New Mexico line. The dry river bed near Breen is a stark reminder of the...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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