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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Durango airport sees dip in passengers

The number of people who boarded a plane at the Durango-La Plata County Airport in 2015 is down slightly so far compared with last year. Frontier Airlines’ departure from Durango is likely the...

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

Entrepreneur is Leader of the Year

John Wolgamott, a local entrepreneur, was recently named the Economic Development Leader of the Year by the Region 9 Economic Development District Board of Directors. Wolgamott was recognized...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

For animal scientist Temple Grandin, empathy triumphs

Temple Grandin, a renowned animal scientist, showed Fort Lewis College students Wednesday how her inventions help local slaughterhouse workers move animals from the trailer to the stunner. Grandin,...

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

Open-space swap examined in Three Springs

Three acres in Three Springs, originally envisioned as open space swap, could be dedicated for an affordable-housing development instead. The small lot was set aside as wetlands, but it has dried...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wilson Gulch over budget

The city had hoped the main road for a new shopping center near Three Springs would be finished this fall, but the project will need more time and almost another million dollars in funding. Wilson...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

RHA sets sights on development

The Regional Housing Alliance of La Plata County is aiming to develop at least 100 new affordable homes in the next five years. The alliance announced this week it is creating a new development...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two people die in plane crash south of Pagosa

Two people died when a small plane crashed Friday morning in Archuleta County, according to a statement from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department. It went down around 11:30 a.m. near U.S....

DATE: Sept. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Subdivision on Rim Drive OK’d

The Durango Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a conceptual plan for a new subdivison and cul-de-sac along the 2600 block of Rim Drive. Property owners Barry and Cynthia Hillmer...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Youth Services names new director

The new director of La Plata Youth Services is working to bolster mentorship for at-risk youth, especially in Bayfield and Ignacio. Katy Pepinsky started as executive director Sept. 1 after working...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Problematic meters

Credit-card meters in downtown Durango have proven to be tough to read, confusing to use and difficult to manage. That’s why, less than two years after installing 365 credit-card meters, city...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City’s expenses rising

The city is looking to spend millions more next year on infrastructure, transportation and other city services. On Tuesday, City Manager Ron LeBlanc presented the Durango City Council with next...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

32nd Street drainage project moving forward

Stormwater rolling off 300 acres in northeast Durango could be a bit cleaner before it flows into the wetlands near the Animas River after next year. The city is planning to build a new drainage...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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