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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Agency pitches plan to boost deer

Bringing back the mule deer population across the Western Slope will require habitat management, highway crossings and reducing hunting licenses. The mule deer numbers are in decline in Western...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jail expands behavior health service

The La Plata County jail received a major boost in funds for its behavior health program recently. The Colorado Office of Behavior Health granted the jail $227,000 this fiscal year, up from...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Changes to Medicaid saves millions in Colorado

A statewide effort to help Medicaid patients better manage their health care saved $31 million in taxpayer dollars, according to recently released state data. The state agency that manages Medicaid...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Got $1 to ride trolley?

Next year, the trolley will not be free, and two parks will exit the organic program, the Durango City Council decided Monday night. Councilors approved a $1 fare per ride for the trolley after a...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Airport options carry hefty price tags

No cheap options for a new airport terminal exist Durango city councilors and La Plata County Commissioners learned Monday when weighing expansion plans. The rough estimates for the three airport...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Private preservation

Before leaving town on the train headed for Silverton, riders enjoy views across 1,000 acres protected by conservation easements. While the city of Durango is already about 30 percent open space,...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioners face tough grant choices

La Plata County will grant $250,000 to nonprofits again this year, but it is still not enough to fill all 23 requests for funding that totaled $360,700. On Monday, La Plata County commissioners...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield residents reject tax hike

Bayfield voters narrowly rejected a ballot issue that would have boosted the town’s sales tax to 3 percent from 2 percent, according to final unofficial ballot returns. The numbers for the night...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton defeats Tapia

Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton easily defeated Democratic challenger Abel Tapia Tuesday. Tipton received 58.8 percent or 152,415 votes, while Tapia won 35 percent or 90,873 votes, according to...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holdings in Horse Gulch expanding

More acres in Horse Gulch will be permanently protected in December after the city purchases more land. The councilors voted unanimously to grant the city manager authority to enter into a contract...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Organic supporters defend park program

A room full of people came out to support the organically managed parks program at the Durango City Council meeting Monday, and many spoke passionately about the issue. The council had discussed...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are new city fees piling up?

Locals may spend more in 2015: riding the trolley, rafting the river, recycling and paying their utility bills. The Durango City Council is looking for a way to keep several city services from...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News