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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Southwest Colorado panel seeks to increase recycling as trash piles up

As Southwest Colorado’s population grows, the amount of trash generated could increase by 130 percent in the next nine years, a recent audit of area counties found. Across the five-county region,...

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

Olive Oil lovers lament: From Durango specialty stores to grocers’ shelves, bugs and fruit flies hit pocketbooks

After a serious shortage in olive oil this year, prices have come down, which is good news for foodies. But gauging the quality of the product is still difficult. Major Mediterranean producers in...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Coal Bank, Molas, passes reopen, Red Mountain remains closed for avalanche work

Snowy weather is expected to continue on and off through the next few days in the region. Here’s the latest: UPDATE – 1 p.m. Molas and Coal Bank passes on U.S. Highway 550 between Durango and...

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

Durango High School raises over $6,000 for Escalante Middle School student

Durango High School students raised more than $6,000 last week for a local middle school student fighting a rare disease. Since May 2013, Dakota Wood, 14, has suffered from recurrent multifocal...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango preserve attracts dozens of bird species

Biologists knew the Oxbow Preserve was some the best habitat along the Animas River, but now they are getting a better picture of the many bird species it can support. “The value is how many...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legends Lift opens at Purgatory in Durango

Jubilant cries went up from the crowd as Purgatory owner James Coleman Jr. and his wife, Tonia, christened the new Lift 8 on Saturday morning. A large crowd gathered around the new high-speed...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport reports busy November

Durango-La Plata County Airport had a busy November, and American Airlines increased its service to help meet the demand. The number of people leaving on a plane from Durango was up 5 percent in...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango city sales and lodgers taxes see growth

City sales and lodgers tax collections saw strong growth in October, reflecting a robust end to the tourist season and minimal impact from the Gold King Mine spill. The lodgers tax was up 16.3...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Townhomes proposed for Boker Lumber site

Another developer proposing a new vision for the old Boker Lumber & Hardware site on College Drive hopes to find favor with the neighborhood. Three development requests have come before city...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango buys new gymnastics facility

The city’s gymnastics program will have a new home, and tap fees will get more expensive in 2016 after the Durango City Council approved both Tuesday. The 11,000-square-foot building on Bodo Drive...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

IRS scam makes rounds in La Plata County

Charlatans pretending to represent the Internal Revenue Service have conned 4,600 people out of millions of dollars over the last two years nationally, and it remains a problem locally, according...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-speed Internet coming to Silverton school

Students in Silverton may be enjoying high-speed Internet as soon as next week, if all goes well. The Internet fiber lines to bring higher speeds to the school have all been laid and connected,...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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