Position: City & health 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.
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Safer route planned for Needham students

Durango will be making one of the routes to Needham Elementary School safer for students in the new year with the help of a major grant. The city received $292,000 through the federal Safe Routes...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

New trolley fare starts on Jan. 5

A trolley fare and lower transit pass rates for some students and nonprofits are rolling out with the new year. It will be $1 to ride the trolley starting Jan. 5; the trolley has previously been...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas costs align with U.S. average

Durango gas prices fell in line with the national trends this week, dropping to an average of $2.39 a gallon, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. The lowest prices can be found along Main Avenue,...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sky-high hopes

Durango-La Plata County Airport needs renovation, but the tens of millions it may require are raising major questions for public officials. The airport terminal, parking lots and tarmac all need...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal mine neighbors call traffic a hazard

Semitrailers hauling coal are raising safety concerns for county residents in the Hay Gulch area. About 112 trucks come and go every day from the King II Coal Mine, 21 miles west of Durango, and...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tax-exempt lands secure funding

After last year’s uncertainty, La Plata County officials now can rest easy knowing federal funds that make up for tax-exempt public lands will arrive. The Payments in Lieu of Taxes, also known as...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water rates to double for people in county

When new utility-rate hikes kick in this January, county residents will pay double for city water compared with their city neighbors. “We’re all part of the system, and we’ll all be pitching in. I...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lighting up the night

’Tis the season to light up the neighborhood with reindeer, Santa and maybe a flying pig. These are a few of the creative displays found this year around the community, among many others that are...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Healthy Animas, healthy animals

Potentially, harmfully high levels of nutrients are flowing from the Florida River into the Animas River, and one project is hoping to make a dent in the problem. The Animas Watershed Partnership...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

More housing needed to temper cost

As more and more people have moved to Durango since 2000, housing demand and prices have continued to rise. But while rents and the price of homes have gotten more expensive, annual wages have not...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Free Wi-Fi? Where?

A local company is working to bring free wireless Internet to downtown Durango, and it already is available in a few places. SkyWerx, a Pagosa Springs-based company, is planning to provide the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Inn death determined to be suicide

A man found dead Sunday at Durango Downtown Inn died by suicide, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said. An autopsy found helium asphyxiation caused the death, she said. He rented a helium tank...

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