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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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

Construction industry facing labor shortage

It’s been tough to fill jobs in the construction industry in Durango, and it’s getting harder. As the economy recovered from the recession, the demand for new homes and commercial buildings picked...

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

Humane society names new executive director

After 10 years, the La Plata County Humane Society has hired a new executive director. Amy Groat started as head of the nonprofit last week after moving from Washington, where she worked at a U.S....

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

Youth group benefits from fine imposed on pot shop

A Durango children’s nonprofit was supposed to be the beneficiary of a fundraiser but instead has scored big because of a fine imposed on a local pot shop. Rocky Mountain High, a marijuana...

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

Unaffordable health plans an increasing trend

While the number of people with insurance is on the rise across Colorado, the number of those who are struggling to pay for it also is increasing. This is just one health-care challenge presented...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Posta Road development slow

La Posta Road is a logical area for new industrial and residential growth, but it is unlikely to be a hot spot for construction anytime soon. Infrastructure needs, the labor market within the...

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

Family pleas City Council not to move sewer plant to their property

Moving the sewer plant could take a heavy emotional toll on one family and would require much higher utility payments from all. The Durango City Council recently asked a consulting firm to...

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

Tourism helps diversify economies in Indian Country

IGNACIO – Professionals from across the country gathered in Ignacio this week to learn about developing local tourism industries in Native American communities. The No. 1 topic in Indian County...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango’s small-business center names new head

The new executive director of the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is bringing a strong background in academia, small business and economic development in rural areas to her new...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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