Position: City & health 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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Bayfield residents reject tax hike

Bayfield voters narrowly rejected a ballot issue that would have boosted the town’s sales tax to 3 percent from 2 percent, according to final unofficial ballot returns. The numbers for the night...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton defeats Tapia

Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton easily defeated Democratic challenger Abel Tapia Tuesday. Tipton received 58.8 percent or 152,415 votes, while Tapia won 35 percent or 90,873 votes, according to...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holdings in Horse Gulch expanding

More acres in Horse Gulch will be permanently protected in December after the city purchases more land. The councilors voted unanimously to grant the city manager authority to enter into a contract...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Organic supporters defend park program

A room full of people came out to support the organically managed parks program at the Durango City Council meeting Monday, and many spoke passionately about the issue. The council had discussed...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are new city fees piling up?

Locals may spend more in 2015: riding the trolley, rafting the river, recycling and paying their utility bills. The Durango City Council is looking for a way to keep several city services from...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Marine sentenced to probation

A former Marine, who vandalized businesses and set dogs loose in May, was sentenced Friday to four years probation. Kenneth Jones visited Durango in May and went on a drunken bender. He caused...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Subway near Walmart robbed at gunpoint

A man robbed the Subway on South Camino del Rio Wednesday evening after threatening the employees with a semi-automatic pistol, according to a police statement. The red-haired man in his early 20s...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fire district faces deficit

The Durango Fire Protection District will have to dip into savings to cover expenses next year for the first time since 2009. The district is prepared to deficit spend $550,634 in 2015 mostly to...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vacation rental enforcement ramping up

City officials are working to enforce the vacation rental permits and recently brought the first owner to court for operating an illegal rental. The owner was fined $200, Nicol Killian, the city’s...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Free Medicare advice to be offered

The right Medicare plan can help save senior citizens thousands of dollars on medical costs, and this fall, the Durango/La Plata Senior Center is offering free advice to help navigate the program....

DATE: Oct. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango tourism tax too low?

Good marketing makes the city money, and we should be investing more money in bringing people to town, the executive director of Durango Area Tourism Office said Tuesday. Even though Durango saw a...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango wastewater-plant repair deadline extends

The Durango wastewater-treatment plant will not have to make millions of dollars worth of improvements by 2017 to meet new clean water guidelines, after negotiations with the Colorado Department of...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News