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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Plan for duplexes on College Drive in Durango approved

Townhomes could be built on the old Boker Lumber & Hardware site on College Drive after the Planning Commission on Monday approved a conceptional plan and new zoning for the site. The commissioners...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Businesses hit by Durango water main breaks

Water main breaks caused a muddy mess along north Main Avenue and forced city crews to shut off water to several businesses. A pipe in front of Days Inn broke and forced crews to shut off water to...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Employer-provided housing now before Durango City Council

The Durango Planning Commission unanimously approved recommending 12 changes to the Land Use and Development Code – including a provision to allow employer-provided housing. The Community...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s to come in 2016?

Affordable housing and money for a new airport terminal are among the issues that area residents will likely hear about often in 2016. County residents might be asked again to increase taxes to pay...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Future of Durango’s Utilities Commission up in the air

Durango City Council will meet with the three members of the city’s Utilities Commission on Tuesday to discuss if the advisory board should remain in place and, if so, what councilors expect from...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango may let businesses provide housing

Employers could build on-site housing for their employees soon in Durango. The new housing option is one of 12 changes to the Land Use and Development Code the Durango Planning Commission will...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Does art and culture boost Durango’s economy?

The city is going to take a hard look at the economic impact of arts and cultural nonprofits and invest in its public art collection in 2016. About 30 nonprofits in arts and culture will share how...

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

Growing Durango gymnastics program to get new home

The city of Durango will spend about $2.1 million this year to bring more than 400 gymnastics students a new facility. “We have known for a number of years that the Mason Center was inadequate for...

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

La Plata County, Durango continue to remove snow, ice

Across Durango and La Plata County, crews plan to give snowpacked roads more attention in the coming days, after working around the clock during the recent storm to keep them passable. Since...

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

Durango tree recycle dropoff starts

Christmas trees were piling up at Santa Rita Park Sunday waiting to be recycled. Some people dropping off trees were eager to start the year with a clean house or to be rid of a drying tree. Sean...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low temperatures forecast next week in Southwest Colorado

Low temperatures are going to ensure the 17 inches of snow on the ground in Durango stays around. The overnight low on Sunday was expected to be about minus 5 or lower, said Andrew Lyons, a...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow helps Durango stores stay busy

Visitors and locals alike slogged through the snow on Main Avenue on Thursday to bring their loved ones Christmas cheer. Some shoppers were searching with purpose; others were wandering through the...

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

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