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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Open house planned for north Main Avenue

Do you fear for your life crossing north Main Avenue? The city is looking to hear about the biggest problems along the avenue and some possible solutions at a Tuesday open-house meeting. Getting...

DATE: May 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Lake Nighthorse, senators see long road to recreation

Standing near the unused boat ramp at Lake Nighthorse on Friday, both Colorado senators heard about the progress toward recreation and the challenges that remain to be solved. The Animas-La Plata...

DATE: May 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local airport prepares for disaster

If a commercial plane crashed at the Durango-La Plata County Airport, local firefighters and law enforcement would be ready, but more first responders could aid the effort. A full-scale disaster...

DATE: April 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vaccination rules strengthened in Colorado

In Colorado, parents have been able to opt their children out of immunizations for nonmedical reasons with a single signature, leading to one of the highest rates of unvaccinated children...

DATE: April 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are you ready to pay for new airport?

The Durango city councilors and La Plata county commissioners are preparing to ask residents in May if they would raise taxes for a new airport terminal before putting it on the ballot. A ballot...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds lower fluoride levels

The federal government Monday lowered the recommended amount of fluoride that should be added to tap water. But some skeptics say the risks of fluoride do not justify adding it to the water in the...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde reports a strong 2014

Mesa Verde National Park brought far more tourism to the region in 2014 than 2013. The government shutdown that closed the park for 16 days in October 2013 hurt tourism regionally, but the park...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fish in the Animas aren’t going hungry

There are fewer fish locally in the Animas River than there used to be, but the populations are not likely wanting for food. A study of bugs, specifically macroinvertebrates, recently completed...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Skate Park installs security cameras

The city believes the Durango Skate Park is now a safer place after installing security cameras earlier this month. Concerned residents asked the Parks and Recreation Department and Durango Police...

DATE: April 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless fight for their rights

Panhandling is on the rise in Durango, but it is likely a trend without an obvious solution, say those who work with the homeless. The problem pits a First Amendment right against concerns of...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

SUV causes car to swerve, crash

The driver in an SUV caused the driver in a compact car to crash into a rock wall near the intersection of Trimble Lane and East Animas Road (County Road 250) north of Durango mid-day Friday. A...

DATE: April 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Let there be lights along the Animas River Trail

Lighting is coming to an older section of the Animas River Trail in late April or early May. The city plans to install 23 new solar-powered LED lights from the Rotary Park bridge to the pedestrian...

DATE: April 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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