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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Lightning ignites 2 trees east of Vallecito

Firefighters responded to reports of wispy smoke Thursday morning east of Vallecito Reservoir. The smoke was reported about 9 a.m. Columbine Ranger District firefighters hiked to the site, and they...

DATE: June 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The next step for Utes

Along Colorado Highway 172 just outside Ignacio, the new headquarters of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund stands as new evidence of the tribe’s success. Wednesday, the Growth Fund’s...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango city councilors discuss raises

Durango’s city councilors debated raising salaries for future councilors Tuesday. The councilors floated the idea of increasing salaries for councilors from $6,000 per year to about $10,000. The...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Powerhouse requests city funding

Leadership from the Powerhouse Science Center made a plea for city funding Tuesday in front of Durango City Council. Without annual operating funds from a public source, it would be difficult for...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Middle school to get bigger?

A potential expansion of Mountain Middle School is drawing the ire of some neighbors who have concerns about its impacts. But the city, normally the final say in questions of parking and building...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds grant local electric co-ops more control

A federal decision issued last week could give La Plata Electric Association more independence to purchase electricity from more green sources. In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community college dean to step down

Executive Dean of Southwest Colorado Community College Norm Jones announced Monday he will be leaving his post at the end of July. “I am proud to leave an outstanding team in place that is more...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summer mine mitigation planned

Cleanup efforts at a few Silverton mines are scheduled to get underway this summer, and there is a local push for federal legislation that would allow for more. Defunct Silverton mines are oozing...

DATE: June 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Taking to the air

Collies, retrievers and shepherds took to the air Friday in the first day of a national DockDogs competition at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Some dogs, such as Trouble, an 18-month-old Dutch...

DATE: June 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Radon is on county’s radar

Some essential pieces of a radon-mitigation system could be built into every new home when the new county building codes are approved. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas released by decaying...

DATE: June 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds to focus on oil, gas concerns

Federal officials are going to spend more time planning for potential oil and gas development in western La Plata and eastern Montezuma counties this year and next. A resource-management plan filed...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service fire team moving

The Columbine Ranger District’s firefighting crew is moving to a building on the north end of Vallecito Reservoir, likely for the next three to five years. The district is making the change because...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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