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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Option for opening Oxbow Preserve in Durango floated

A compromise on allowing people into the Oxbow Park and Preserve is being floated by the city after officials closed the area in December. The Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board is...

DATE: March 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Connections names new president

The new head of Community Connections is taking over at a time when the agency faces a staff shortage and other challenges. Tara Kiene started March 1 after the former president and CEO Julie...

DATE: March 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango considers permit parking along Narrow Gauge Avenue

To ease the parking congestion along Main Avenue, the city of Durango is considering selling parking permits for Narrow Gauge Avenue. The program is aimed mainly at employees who use meters all day...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

East Third Avenue residents ask for help with traffic

Residents of East Third Avenue called on Durango City Council to help with traffic safety concerns along the Boulevard Tuesday. The residents would like four radar speed signs. One near the Mason...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tracking black bears

A mountainside overlooking traffic on U.S. Highway 550 might seem like an odd place to find a black bear and her two cubs. But a 222-pound mama bear has made her home in just such a place...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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