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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Recovered alcoholic encourages others to look beyond addiction

Cruz Baca, a former alcoholic and drug user, got sober after drunkenly hitting two pedestrians on College Drive in 2016 and has since made it his mission to help others struggling with addiction....

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

From living on streets to renowned tuba player: Richard White shares stories of childhood homelessness

Richard A. White, a classical tuba player, spent some of his earliest years living on the street in Baltimore, he told a crowd gathered Friday at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. As a...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango endometriosis specialist offers patients relief from pain

An internationally known specialist in endometriosis opened a second clinic in Durango, drawing patients who have often endured pain from their condition for 10 years and undergone failed...

DATE: April 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Bird’s chicken restaurant to open next week in Durango

Bird’s, a new chicken restaurant and tavern on north Main Avenue, will open next week. The fast-casual restaurant will open in a remodeled building that formerly housed KFC. Its menu will feature...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Monica Lewinsky calls for culture of bullying online to end

Monica Lewinsky called for a societal shift to eliminate the widespread culture of bullying and humiliation online during a talk Tuesday at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College....

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas prices expected to break $3 per gallon this summer in Durango

Gas prices are expected to break $3 per gallon in Durango during the summer driving holidays, such as Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to AAA. The last time gas prices broke $3 in Colorado...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric’s energy supplier funded firm that fought clean air rules

La Plata Electric Association’s wholesale energy supplier is one of more than 20 companies that funded a lobbying firm devoted to fighting environmental protections. The lobbying firm, Utility Air...

DATE: April 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flower/coffee shop, medical tourism site among ideas pitched by Fort Lewis College students

A combined flower and coffee shop and a medical tourism website were among the top business ideas students pitched this month during Hawk Tank, Fort Lewis College’s annual business plan contest. ...

DATE: April 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA board members’ spending varies widely

As the May 2 La Plata Electric Association election draws near, concern about one candidate’s spending, the board’s top earner last year, has spread on social media. Former Republican state Rep. J....

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grass fire contained near Highway 172

A grass fire burned 25 to 30 acres Saturday afternoon near Highway 172 and County Road 222 in the Florida River Valley. Despite strong winds, the fire was fully contained before 5 p.m., although...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fundraiser settles lunch debt for Miller students

Miller Middle School announced it would serve partial lunches to students who owed $8 or more to the cafeteria this week, prompting a school employee to start a Facebook fundraiser to pay off their...

DATE: April 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association names new CEO

La Plata Electric Association has named a new CEO to lead the co-op as it studies ways to diversify power supply in an effort to cut carbon. The LPEA board selected Jessica Matlock, assistant...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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