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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Durango Transit bus stops prove challenging

For some people with disabilities who rely on Durango Transit buses and trolleys, just getting to a stop can be a challenge. Vincent LaDue, who rides public transit five days a week, must navigate...

DATE: March 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado still fit, but obesity is on the rise

While Colorado is still the thinnest state in the nation, obesity, diabetes and other health problems are on the rise, and some are even more prevalent regionally. Colorado has been ranked No. 1...

DATE: March 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado prepares to eliminate barriers for developmentally disabled adults

With paintbrushes and stamps in hand, adults with developmental disabilities created colorful flags this week at the Durango Arts Center. Just as the class brings people with a range of needs...

DATE: March 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hungry bears emerge from hibernation in La Plata County

Bears are waking up in La Plata County, so it’s a good time to take down bird feeders and be vigilant about using a bear-proof trash can. Four bears have been spotted this month and reported to...

DATE: March 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council seeks to clear bottleneck in condominium construction

The city and state are taking similar paths to encourage developers to build condominiums because the threat of lawsuits and insurance costs have continuously stalled their construction for years....

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grassburger expands to Albuquerque

After a year and half of success in Durango, Grassburger has opened a second location in Albuquerque. The restaurant on the 700 block of Main Avenue in Durango focuses on locally sourced...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Density increased for apartment complex near Walmart

A new 192-unit apartment complex between Walmart and Home Depot cleared an early hurdle Monday. The Durango Planning Commission unanimously voted to increase the density at the site from 18 to 24...

DATE: March 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

60-lot addition to Three Springs approved

The Durango Planning Commission signed off on 60 potential homes in Three Springs on Monday. The neighborhood will be built north of Mercy Regional Medical Center, and it will be mostly accessed by...

DATE: March 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman’s passion to eliminate inequality continues to burn

With her fingerprints on many Durango institutions, including law-enforcement agencies and family-focused nonprofits, Lauren Patterson has worked for change for decades. The Durango native’s work...

DATE: March 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Work to start on Ignacio intersection

Work on a traffic signal at Colorado highways 172 and 151 in Ignacio will start Monday. The $1.6 million project includes the light as well as new sidewalks. “They just want to make it inviting and...

DATE: March 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roosa Avenue to get a sidewalk

Design soon will be underway for the first sidewalk construction project to receive money from the newly reauthorized half-cent sales tax. The city plans to spend about $100,000 to design a...

DATE: March 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Highways in Southwest Colorado aging, state works to raise funds

As Southwest Colorado’s highways age, the state is looking to raise more money for construction. About 88 percent of regional highways are within 10 years of coming to an end of having acceptable...

DATE: March 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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