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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What’s the heavy construction on Main Avenue? It’s pipe lining

A contractor is upgrading storm water pipes this week and next week underneath Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Rather than digging up the street to replace the pipes, AUI , a contractor from...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit tightens its belt

When the city eliminates bus routes on May 7, Ron Edwards expects to spend a lot more time waiting, especially at Mercy Regional Medical Center, for a ride. This spring, Edwards asked the Durango...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recycling bills may rise for Durango residents

Residents could pay more for recycling on their monthly utility bill by the summer. A new monthly surcharge is needed to cover processing costs that went up in March, City Operations Director Levi...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Child care opens in Smiley Building

Cafe au Play, a new nonprofit, could ease the shortage of child care in Durango by serving infants and toddlers, including those with developmental delays. Across La Plata County, licensed child...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teen births on the decline in La Plata County

Widespread access to long-acting contraceptives is credited with declining teen birth rates in La Plata County and across Colorado. “It’s been almost a 10-year effort that produced these phenomenal...

DATE: April 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

Durango City Councilors voted to require homeless residents to sleep next to the Durango Dog Park this week, however unanswered questions about the health risks of camping overnight on a former...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community explores safety at Durango High School

A new security system, additional security officers and a closed campus were among a slew of ideas that Durango High School staff members, students and parents explored during an open forum...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Advocates push for Camino del Rio underpass

The dream of an underpass beneath Camino del Rio at 12th Street lives. “The community wants this. It’s been talked about for probably 20-plus years,” said Tim Walsworth, executive director of the...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Second phase of Lumien Apartments approved

Construction could start on 36 units of new, affordable housing near 32nd Street this summer. Durango City Council unanimously approved the second phase of the Lumien Apartments this week. “I am...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine River Shares aims to build a food-secure region

Bayfield preschoolers peered curiously at purple cauliflower and munched on kiwifruit during a recent food-exploration class. Pine River Shares volunteer Susan Fischer encouraged students to smell...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council approves camp for homeless near Dog Park

Durango City Council approved an emergency ordinance to direct staff members to set up a place for homeless people to stay directly west of the Durango Dog Park late Tuesday. “It is not done...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango starts planning for Ewing Mesa

Ewing Mesa could be home to a music venue, trails, campsites and other attractions, in addition to the planned multiuse events center. The city will host its first public meeting dedicated to...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News