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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City Council backs pay raises

Durango City Councilors elected in 2017 could get paid more. City councilors all voiced their support Tuesday for a raise that would increase councilors’ monthly pay from $500 to $867. The mayor’s...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s immigration enforcement clarified

The Durango city councilors clarified the city’s record on enforcing immigration law Tuesday. The councilors unanimously passed a resolution stating: The city is not, and has never been, a...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wired for speed

Across the region, local governments have installed more Internet fiber and conduit than they need, but they aren’t allowed to share. In November, Durango, La Plata County and Archuleta County may...

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

County residents should pay more for water, study finds

La Plata County residents should pay double the rate Durango residents are charged for city water to maintain the infrastructure they use, an analysis by Wildan Financial Services found. The...

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

Durango City Council seeks to clarify sanctuary status

The Durango City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday to make it clear: The city is not and never has been a sanctuary city. “There is a huge amount of misunderstanding that needs to be...

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

Noxious daisy

A wet spring and summer has given rise to hillsides covered with infestations of oxeye daisies, a noxious weed that smells like rotting flesh and dirty, old gym socks. “If we keep letting it go,...

DATE: July 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

For this hiker, stunning vistas aren’t required

Trevor Thomas and his guide dog finished the Colorado Trail on Thursday, 42 days after they started. As part of the almost 500-mile hike, Thomas, a blind long-distance hiker, and his black lab,...

DATE: July 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango explores several building options

The city will need to almost double the floor space of seven of its buildings by 2025 as the demand for municipal services increases, a new master plan shows. Blythe Group consultants presented...

DATE: July 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s condo loophole closed

A moratorium on condominiums in single-family neighborhoods in Durango passed the City Council unanimously Tuesday. The moratorium prevents anyone from submitting plans for a condo project in these...

DATE: July 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drug-testing firm a beacon

Industries that can thrive anywhere are ideal for growing La Plata County’s economy. Tech industries, engineering companies and film-production companies are some of the primary employers that can...

DATE: July 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Shooting suspect is out on bail

A man suspected of firing a rifle into his neighbor’s home Friday and threatening police with the gun was released from jail over the weekend on $25,000 bail. Ian Meier, 21, was arrested on...

DATE: July 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rifle shots result in police search, arrest

A man, who is suspected of firing a rifle into his neighbor’s house Friday, fled from police after an officer shot in his direction because he refused to put his rifle down, according to a news...

DATE: July 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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