Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

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.
Read More Hide

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

Proposed ban on sitting and lying on sidewalks splits residents

Residents were split on the need to prohibit people from sitting or lying on city sidewalks during a hearing Wednesday at Durango City Hall. Passionate residents said they were often afraid of...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric candidates weigh renewables, costs

Candidates competing for the La Plata Electric Association board are divided on how aggressively to pursue renewable energy, and some argue it’s time for a fresh vision. LPEA is limited on how...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dick White passes mayor’s gavel to Sweetie Marbury

The mayor’s gavel passed from Dick White to Sweetie Marbury on Tuesday night. White thanked everyone, including his colleagues, for their dedication to civil discussion. He noted that during his...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lottery funds cover Parks and Rec shop costs

Durango City Council approved more funding for new Parks and Recreation Department buildings at Greenmount Cemetery on Tuesday night. The city’s initial estimate for the project was $2.3 million,...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying down on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying down on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit, backed by funding, looks to reduce DUIs

As the number of people who die in crashes caused by alcohol or drugs rises statewide, a coalition in La Plata County is forming to encourage responsible driving. In 2016, 191 people in Colorado...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News