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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Land purchase ensures Bridge to Nowhere can connect to Hwy. 550

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the owners of property needed to realign U.S. Highway 550 in Grandview reached a $2.5 million settlement in a lawsuit last week allowing highway...

DATE: April 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State could increase funding for affordable housing, without a tax increase

Millions of dollars could be made available to build affordable housing across Colorado, including Montezuma and La Plata counties, with a bill making its way through the state Legislature. House...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

CDOT says resurfaced highways held up during tough winter

The Colorado Department of Transportation says sections of U.S. highways 160 and 550 that were resurfaced two years ago in Durango held up well during the harsh winter, despite cracks and potholes...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy aims to lower costs by assisting frequent ER patients

Gordon Nunziato visited the emergency room 10 times in four months last year. He was homeless, abusing alcohol and facing serious kidney and liver conditions, among other health problems. He used...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm may bring wind, rain and snow to Southwest Colorado

A spring storm expected to roll in early Wednesday is forecast to bring high winds and blowing snow to Southwest Colorado. The moisture is expected to arrive early Wednesday, which will include a...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based groups organize to tackle homelessness in Durango

A fledgling effort to shelter homeless residents in Durango has attracted strong interest from area churches. A group of volunteers from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is organizing the effort to...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County manager candidates describe how they would take on challenges

The next La Plata County manager will face big challenges, including a tight operational budget and a contentious land-use code revision. The three finalists for the job, Jim Halasz, D. Michael...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial date set in large-scale marijuana bust

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn set an August trial date Monday for four suspects facing felony charges in connection with illegal marijuana cultivation in Montezuma County. Jimmy Dang,...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents identify top health concerns in two-county region

Suicide, affordable housing and substance abuse are the top three health concerns for residents in La Plata and Archuleta counties, a public health survey found. San Juan Basin Public Health...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teen birth rates decline, but sexually transmitted diseases rise in Southwest Colorado

The good news: Many sexually active teens are successfully preventing pregnancies in Colorado and La Plata County. The bad news: Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing problem among high...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoan built boats, public gardens and an international gem company

Cindy Smart, founder of the Durango Botanical Society, doesn’t shy away from big ideas. While working in California, she wanted to learn to sail, so she built a trimaran. After she became...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Botanic Gardens launches app for self-guided tours

Visitors to the Durango Botanic Gardens now may take self-guided garden tours using a phone app. Former Durango Botanical Society Executive Director Cindy Smart built the app to engage tourists...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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