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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Is La Plata County ready for spike in seniors?

Are you 40 years or older? Do you plan to be living in La Plata County in 25 years? If the answers are yes, you’ll be in good company among a growing population of senior citizens expected to call...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council seeks to ease housing shortage

The Durango City Council will weigh housing policy changes next year to encourage more residential construction. Developers need to build between 560 to 790 new housing units each year until 2035...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango dumps trashed out recycling sites

Millions of pounds of recyclables escaped the landfill this year in Durango, but many loads of glass dropped by well-meaning residents did not make it to the Durango Recycle Center. About 21 loads...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some regional holiday treats and eats

If you bypassed Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Money, Noel Night and you are panic stricken thinking about the 15 shopping days left until Christmas, never fear. Many tasty, memorable...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Pipe break discolors water all over Durango

A city water main broke near Park Elementary School about noon causing excessive water to surround the school and impact several classrooms. The break also discolored water for residents all over...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s building fees go up

Building fees are going up in Durango, and they could go up in La Plata County as well in the new year. When tallying up higher fees, more stringent regulations, increased payroll costs because of...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey at Fort Lewis College in Durango: Marijuana not a major tourism driver

Tourists stopping in at pot shops are not coming to Colorado specifically for marijuana, a recent survey by a Fort Lewis College professor found. Shortly after marijuana was legalized, the survey...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Housing policy debate to continue in Durango

As the city starts enforcing new rules for accessory dwelling units in 2016 and weighing whether to allow them in new neighborhoods, it raises questions about whether housing options in Durango...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory: A story told in pictures

As part of anniversary celebrations, Purgatory Resort is honoring its history and the many people who helped build the resort in a new book, Close to Heaven, Fifty years of Purgatory. The...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s Main Avenue mobility plan complete

Making north Main Avenue more inviting for pedestrians and cyclists will require new lanes, intersection improvements and streetscaping. A recently completed mobility study of north Main Avenue...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s water and sewer rates rising

Water and sewer rates will be going up in 2016 to help pay for the millions in water and sewer projects for the city. Durango city councilors unanimously approved both the 2016 budget and utility...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Downtown Durango’s White Dragon Tea Room closing up shop

Over the last five years, the White Dragon Tea Room has morphed several times and on Dec. 31, it will change again, into solely an Internet business. For Michael Thunder, the change will allow him...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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