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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Construction coming to Twin Buttes

Five years after Twin Buttes received approval from Durango City Council, land sales in the development west of town could start this fall. The project has been dormant for the last 18 months and...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Panels focus on how Durango Utilities Commission can contribute

The future of the city’s Utilities Commission as a board is now secure, but work remains to clarify its mission. “We want to make sure the underlying issues are resolved,” Mayor Dean Brookie said....

DATE: Jan. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado health exchange trying to attract more businesses

More businesses can now shop for health insurance within the state’s small-business marketplace, and it is a step aimed at helping to boost enrollment in the group plans and control prices....

DATE: Jan. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

After the diagnosis: Care and guidance when it’s needed most

After a cancer diagnosis, a patient’s needs for physical, financial and emotional support often are greater than what local hospitals and clinics provide. After working long hours to help find help...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plan for duplexes on College Drive in Durango approved

Townhomes could be built on the old Boker Lumber & Hardware site on College Drive after the Planning Commission on Monday approved a conceptional plan and new zoning for the site. The commissioners...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Businesses hit by Durango water main breaks

Water main breaks caused a muddy mess along north Main Avenue and forced city crews to shut off water to several businesses. A pipe in front of Days Inn broke and forced crews to shut off water to...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Employer-provided housing now before Durango City Council

The Durango Planning Commission unanimously approved recommending 12 changes to the Land Use and Development Code – including a provision to allow employer-provided housing. The Community...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s to come in 2016?

Affordable housing and money for a new airport terminal are among the issues that area residents will likely hear about often in 2016. County residents might be asked again to increase taxes to pay...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Future of Durango’s Utilities Commission up in the air

Durango City Council will meet with the three members of the city’s Utilities Commission on Tuesday to discuss if the advisory board should remain in place and, if so, what councilors expect from...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango may let businesses provide housing

Employers could build on-site housing for their employees soon in Durango. The new housing option is one of 12 changes to the Land Use and Development Code the Durango Planning Commission will...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Does art and culture boost Durango’s economy?

The city is going to take a hard look at the economic impact of arts and cultural nonprofits and invest in its public art collection in 2016. About 30 nonprofits in arts and culture will share how...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Growing Durango gymnastics program to get new home

The city of Durango will spend about $2.1 million this year to bring more than 400 gymnastics students a new facility. “We have known for a number of years that the Mason Center was inadequate for...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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