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.
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Flu season hard to predict after record-setting year

After a record-setting flu season last year, public health officials say it is difficult to know if a similar season is approaching. While there are some indicators public health officials are...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Incumbents lead fundraising effort in state House, Senate races

Incumbent candidates running to represent Southwest Colorado in the state Legislature are out-fundraising their opponents as the November election nears. Financial disclosures from Sept. 13 through...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Want upgrades to U.S. Highway 160? CDOT says more funding would help

U.S. Highway 160 from Elmore’s Corner to Bayfield needs turning lanes, wider shoulders and other safety improvements that will require between $55 million to $65 million to build. The Colorado...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, Bayfield schools start new program to prevent suicide

When teens across the social spectrum, from band members to basketball stars, get involved in suicide prevention, more students are likely to consider asking adults for help. That is the premise...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Animas High School, hero’s journey is a model for tackling challenges

Students learned to see their lives as heroic journeys in Shane Nelson’s humanities class at Animas High School last year. “It was really great because a lot of us didn’t understand life at all....

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two ballot questions could generate millions for transportation in Southwest Colorado

Voters will consider two ballot questions in November that would boost funding for transportation statewide in vastly different ways and dedicate different amounts to Southwest Colorado projects....

DATE: Oct. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anxiety, depression rise among college students

More than half of about 400 Fort Lewis College students surveyed in the spring reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function at one point within the last 12 months. The striking...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A health care model to reach zero suicides

Hundreds of patients go to Axis Health System in crisis each year in La Plata County, and the numbers have risen dramatically in recent years. In 2014, Axis staff assessed about 500 patients in...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trauma changed course of teen’s life

Rachel “Rage” Domingos struggled with trauma, mental illness, addiction and bullying before she died by suicide in 2015. She was 23. Her mom, Ginger Domingos, now sees a clear link between her...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Downtown Durango restaurant to take down ‘slavery’ sign

A sign in the bathroom of the Lone Spur Cafe, a restaurant on Main Avenue in Durango, will be taken down after a woman complained the placard is offensive. Nikki Moss, an African-American woman who...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wet weather is expected to persist in Southwest Colorado

Remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa brought soggy weather this week to Southwest Colorado, and more may be on the way, although the moisture will be coming from the northwest. A flash-flood watch was...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New safe rooms at Mercy will protect patients in crisis

Across the state of Colorado, psychiatric hospitals do not have enough space to care for all the teens who need to be stabilized because they are in crisis. Most teenagers are admitted to an...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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