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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Cortez coffee shop, roaster under pressure with new Starbucks

Starbucks plans to move into the coffee kiosk space at the southwest entrance of the Cortez City Market in the fall, a corporate official said in a written statement. The store will hire 12 to 15...

DATE: June 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

There are reasons beef is costing you more

While the number of beef cattle has declined nationally, local beef cattle herds remained more stable in recent years, according to U.S. agriculture data released in May. Montezuma County cattlemen...

DATE: June 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Who will take over the farm?

Agriculture is facing a long-term math problem. Current farmers and ranchers are aging, more children are walking away from family operations and young entrepreneurs face monumental startup costs....

DATE: June 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Droughts may bring benefits to Colorado

Growing demand from dairies and the droughts in California and Texas may spur demand for local alfalfa. “I think we are looking at, if not a stable, a rising market for alfalfa,” said Terry...

DATE: June 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Selling Southwest flavor

TOWAOC – The Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch Enterprises is getting into the cornmeal business with a new large-scale mill that will supply grocery stores and restaurants. “We’ve been farming for...

DATE: April 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Health-exchange participation is limited

Relatively few small businesses across the state chose to sign up for health insurance through the health exchange since October because of restrictive requirements. Forty local businesses sought...

DATE: April 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Preserving livestock under threat

Navajo-Churro lambs explored a pasture for the first time Friday as Cindy Dvergsten, owner of Arriola Sunshine Farm, explained that they’re the next generation in an ongoing effort to preserve the...

DATE: April 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Red Arrow cleanup awaits Texas ruling

Cleanup of the mercury-contaminated Red Arrow Mill site on Grand Avenue just outside Mancos will move forward when a bankruptcy court in Texas gives the OK, according to an Environmental Protection...

DATE: April 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Get ready for bigger gas bill from Atmos

Atmos Energy customers will likely see a spike in their natural-gas bills after April 1. Average monthly bills in Southwest Colorado are likely to jump from about $47 to about $54 for residents...

DATE: March 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Reviving orchards in S.W. Colorado

Scattered in orchards around the county are varieties of apple trees that were largely forgotten until the co-founders of the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project went looking. In the process,...

DATE: March 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Planting seeds in Mancos clouds

No one can control the weather, but scientists have done what they can to encourage snowfall in Colorado by cloud seeding for decades, and now they are working to improve it near Mancos. On Monday...

DATE: March 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stage set for Mancos Melt

The Fifth Annual Mancos Melt is bringing four days of fun to town this weekend to help cure cabin fever. The proceeds will go to benefit the newly reformed Mancos Valley Historical Society, and...

DATE: March 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News