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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Durango City Council delays hearings on affordable housing

Two potential steps to encourage affordable housing were delayed by the Durango City Council on Tuesday. For months, councilors have been discussing the need for a law to help protect condominium...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council expected to delay building fee public hearing

A discussion on one of the main affordable housing topics the Durango City Council planned for Tuesday likely will be rescheduled to May 5. The discussion about adjusting fees that builders pay in...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Studying the human side of the bear management

When there isn’t enough food in the wild, Colorado residents can expect bears to come to town looking for food. But this can lead to conflicts with humans and bears being euthanized, said Stewart...

DATE: March 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

County Republicans support commissioner candidates

Two challengers vying for La Plata County commissioner seats in November received unanimous support at the La Plata County Republican Assembly on Monday. Kayla Patterson and Lyle McKnight are...

DATE: March 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council seeks to encourage affordable housing

Durangoans will have a chance Tuesday to weigh in on two affordable housing policies. The Durango City Council has been debating ways to address the housing shortage for months, and Tuesday...

DATE: March 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos School District working on alternative to state tests

As schools across Colorado are preparing for state standardized testing in March and April, most students in Mancos will likely not take part. Mancos School District RE-6, as well as nine other...

DATE: March 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rivergate residents raise $100,000 for Cundiff Park in Durango

Residents at Rivergate Lofts want to see Cundiff Park transformed into a gathering place rather than a dumping ground for snow – and they are willing to help pay for the project. The Rivergate...

DATE: March 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small businesses in La Plata County push for better Internet

Greater access to high-speed Internet could spur economic growth across the region. That was the main message small-business owners had for Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, Thursday at the Durango...

DATE: March 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Francisco's veranda denied

The fight over the Francisco's veranda could be headed to the Durango City Council, after the Design Review Board denied a design that retained some the Spanish colonial revival style of the...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drug overdose deaths increase

The rate of drug overdose deaths is rising all over Colorado, and Montezuma County is no exception. Across the state, the overdose death rate rose 68 percent from 2002 to 2014, according to the...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Transit revenue likely to slide

To keep Durango Transit operating, the Durango City Council could have to cut service, increase fares and ask votes to reallocate sales taxes. State and federal grants that have been keeping the...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holiday seasonal sales, lodgers tax collections disappointing in Durango

The holiday season was not as strong as predicted, but December still was a record-setting month for Durango retailers. December sales tax collections increased 3.8 percent to $1.62 million from...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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