Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

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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Building bright futures

Teens in La Plata County have more tools to prepare them for success than they did seven years ago, and it may be helping to drive down underage drinking and other risky behaviors. During the...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Emergency relief funds now in demand

The need for relief funds in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill that closed the Animas River has been increasing recently. “We just got a big run of applicants in the last couple of weeks,” said...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New option considered for Animas River Trail

The city is reviving an old idea for an Animas River Trail extension that could lead to an overpass or underpass across U.S. Highway 550/160 south of downtown Durango. City officials are...

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

Land Symposium highlights evolving trends in cycling

Keeping up with evolving biking culture could be challenging for agencies managing trails on public lands in the coming years. More cyclists want progressive trails and winter trails, but...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

No-cash bonds causing problems

Far more people across Colorado are being released without a cash bond, and in La Plata County, it has given rise to a increasing number of people violating conditions of their bonds. A recent...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can you ever have too many parks?

The needs of the biking, skateboarding and tennis communities were presented Wednesday at the Durango Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. The board did not make any decisions, but it will...

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

Vacation-rental parking rules left in neutral

Parking regulations as they apply to vacation rentals will remain in place to help protect neighbors, Durango City Council has decided. But some argue the regulations make it tough for...

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

Linking Silverton to the Internet gets rekindled

Plans to bring faster Internet to Silverton are decades old, but residents are hopeful a long-anticipated fiber project can be finished this fall. Crews working for CenturyLink are laying fiber...

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

Water systems need TLC

The city’s pumps, pipes, valves and other pieces of water infrastructure need $4 million worth of upgrades. While it is not likely all the projects will make the city’s 2016 budget, Utilities...

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

City buildings could be costly

New city buildings are estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars, but there is no clear source to fund any of the construction projects. Levi Lloyd, director of city operations, presented some...

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

Subway closes Main Ave. store

The Subway near the corner of Main Avenue and 10th Street closed Aug. 31 and it will not be reopening. Franchise owner Michael Cobb declined to say why his restaurant was closing. This brings the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Hay production is up, prices are down

A wet spring and early summer has given rise to an abundant hay crop for local farmers and lower prices for their product regionally. Those raising hay for horses and beef cattle have seen prices...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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