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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Dry and dusty

Years of drought and overgrazing have dried out the fields in southwestern La Plata County. Dust easily blows away in the wind. Last year, from March until May, dust storms caused problems for...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dylan Redwine’s mom: Father is responsible

The mother of Dylan Redwine has called for action in the high-profile investigation into the suspicious death of her son during a podcast. On the podcast “Case to Case with Chelsea Hoffman,” Elaine...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Major storm expected

For the second weekend in a row, Durango should prepare for snow. A foot may fall in Durango during a 24-hour period starting Friday night, said meteorologist Joe Ramey, with the National Weather...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The sisters’ slap-shot society

After the sharp thunk of a hockey stick against the puck, the all-girls hockey team celebrated a goal against the boys team the other day. “Woo!,” yelled a team of girls 11 and younger. In hockey...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Financial pro enters City Council race

Sean Waddell promised Wednesday he would bring business sense to the Durango City Council if elected in April. Waddell, a Durango native, made his formal announcement at the Fort Lewis College...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three Colvig Silver Camp signs valued at $300 stolen

A thief recently took three signs from the Colvig Silver Camps in the 9000 block of Florida Road (County Road 240). The signs disappeared sometime Feb. 17 and were valued at $300, said La Plata...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local Brookside Park to remain organic

Brookside Park, the original organic park, will be kept in the organic program after a Durango City Council decision Tuesday night. Brookside Park and Riverview Sports Complex were taken out of the...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

North Main up for a makeover

North Main may be headed toward a future that is more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. The Sonoran Institute recently selected Durango to receive professional help to redesign the avenue. The plan...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Geology park work slated for this year

An overlook on Rim Drive designed in honor of a young Durango native, who died in an avalanche, will enter its largest construction phase this year. The friends and family of Peter Carver have been...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study looks at vacation rentals

The Colorado Association of Ski Towns plans to study vacation rental regulations in Durango and similar mountain towns this spring. The association will focus on the success of vacation-rental...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City and county seek airport feedback

The public will have a chance to give Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners feedback about a proposed Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal in two upcoming meetings. The two...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New fare, fewer riders

A new $1 trolley fare drove a steep drop in ridership in January, but officials expect it to stabilize. Ridership dropped about 36 percent, from about 22,400 in January 2014 to about 14,200 this...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News