Position: City & health 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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Venture Snowboards: A vintage backcountry board

At Venture Snowboards in Silverton, the boards start out as a pile of lumber in the parking lot and leave ready for backcountry adventures. The company started 15 years ago and specializes in split...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City funds nonprofit’s budget

After much debate, the Durango City Council boosted support for the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, or 4CORE, this year by $17,000 to help support its operating budget. The council...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Park in line for new playground

Durango High School students inspired the Durango Parks and Recreation Department to invest in new, more accessible playground equipment at Santa Rita Park this year. The equipment will be set up...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two parks no longer organic

The Durango City Council approved increased rates for city services and contentious changes to the organic park program Monday night as part of the 2015 budget. The budget expanded from about $79...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local trial starts in sex-assault case

The trial for a man facing several charges of sexual assault started Monday in the 6th Judicial District Court. Harold Loveday is accused of sexually assaulting three victims over the course of ten...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local helps Ebola-stricken Liberia

A Durangoan worked to bring relief to those suffering from Ebola in Liberia this fall with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sgt. Erik Stenslien, a technical engineer, was deployed to Liberia to...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

More local people insured

The percentage of uninsured people locally has fallen steeply in the last year since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2013. In La Plata County, the percentage of uninsured residents fell...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

State exchange numbers strong

It’s round two for enrollment in the state health-care exchange, and this time things are running smoother, but glitches are still popping up. Enrollment in Connect for Health Colorado, a...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Decorate with deer in mind

Rudolph’s antlers strung with lights is a familiar sight. But as you decorate this year, keep the real bucks in mind. Deer are entering the mating season, and bucks especially are less wary of...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Developmentally disabled wait no more in Durango

For Georgiana Schmitt, 21, volunteering weekly at the Durango/La Plata County Senior Center is a step toward finding work as a cook and living alone. “Even if it’s hard, I want to do it,” she said....

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local forests need more controlled burns

More controlled burns are necessary to clean out dense, dry and dangerous local forests, U.S. Forest Service officials said. Across the Missionary Ridge burn scar, the Hermosa Creek area and in...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf Creek boss gives guilty plea

The owner of Wolf Creek Ski Area, Davey Pitcher, 52, pleaded guilty Monday to conducting avalanche and search-and-rescue training without a permit last winter in an unauthorized part of the...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News