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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Challenges of recruiting

Facing a shortage of specialized workers, local companies use Durango’s quality of life, more competitive wages and other perks to recruit and keep qualified candidates. Mercy Regional Medical...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Father of robbery suspect held on $100,000 bail

A Gem Village man accused of conspiring with his son to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Durango will have to come up with a significant sum of cash to leave jail anytime soon. La Plata County...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City operations director to retire

Durango’s Operations Department is headed into a transition with the longtime director retiring and the department splitting in two. City Operations Director Roy Petersen is retiring in March,...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weather certification may prevent flight delays

The Durango-La Plata County Airport has obtained a certification that may help prevent flight delays or cancellations when on-site weather sensors fail. In November, a broken visibility sensor led...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inter-city bus service sees strong success

An inter-city bus service running between Durango and Grand Junction has drawn strong ridership in its first six months. The Road Runner StageLines has been averaging about 350 riders a month since...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rate hike on tap for city water, sewer fees

Plan to pay more for city water and sewer service in February. The Durango City Council approved the rate increases in December to help fund major improvements to the city’s water and sewer...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

You’ve got to love the game when it comes with pain

Teenagers called the shots at the Steams Vs. Punks dodgeball tournament while adults chucked balls at each other Thursday. The din was deafening at the Durango Community Recreation Center as 12...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Looking for love, steampunk style

People of all ages looking for love gathered in the Rochester Hotel Thursday night for two rounds of speed dating. The 40 slots offered at the event filled up fast, and the onlookers who came to...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water slide bliss turns into endurance grind

Ten people started the Water-Slide-Athon but only three people were still running up the stairs to the slide four hours later. Tiffany Bergman, climbed 39 stairs 222 times to win the champion’s...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

That’s a phat, phat, phat burger!

No one managed to shove 6 pounds of burger down their throat Thursday night at the Phat Phat Phat Burger Eat Off, but one man got terribly close. Pedro Cordova said he felt like he ate 4.5 pounds...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

FLC wins award for commercial

The first commercial Fort Lewis College made for television has been honored with a national award. The commercial that aired on CBS Sports during the school’s homecoming football game earned...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

High rent limits Housing Solutions

Federal money flowed in again this year to help stabilize local families in need, but the dollars aren’t going as far as they have in the past. Housing Solutions for the Southwest received...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News