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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More reports of elder abuse investigated

More stringent laws around reporting elder abuse and neglect are driving more serious reports to La Plata County Human Services. Up until last July, Colorado was one of only three states that...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local thrift store hires new director

A new director took over the La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store last week. Keith Dunning, who has been with the nonprofit for five years, replaced Karen Streeter, who left the...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless react to clichés

The recent furor around the need for new panhandling laws has left some in the homeless community feeling unfairly colored by prejudice. A few people leaving lunch at Manna Soup Kitchen on Thursday...

DATE: May 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Saluting the fallen

Regional law enforcement remembered local officers who have been killed in the line of duty and honored their surviving family members Friday. Seven officers have died in uniform while serving...

DATE: May 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

BB-gun incident brings police to high school

Reports of a gun in a car near Durango High School triggered a visit from the police about 12:25 p.m. Friday. Durango police officers were called after a teenage boy inside a car pointed a BB gun...

DATE: May 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A beefed-up market

The price of hamburgers for summer picnics, barbecued brisket and steaks have been climbing for years, but customers don’t seem to be reaching for chicken. High demand, high prices and spring rain...

DATE: May 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Discovery of clay in pipes prompts erosion worries

Crews still are investigating a possible problem with a drain in the city reservoir after they found initial signs of a problem this winter. The Durango City Council set aside $300,000 for repairs...

DATE: May 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis complex work may begin soon

Remediation work on the Smith Sports Complex at Fort Lewis College could start in June, now that a financial agreement has been reached between the city and FCI Constructors, the contractor that...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Off-leash program won’t take off in Durango

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board decided not to launch a pilot program for owners to exercise their dogs off-leash in Fanto and Jenkins Ranch parks after surveying residents. Opponents to...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas-revenue predictions bleak in 2017

Gas and oil tax revenue in La Plata County will likely fall in 2017 as a result of current declining production and low prices. County Assessor Craig Larson warned La Plata County Commissioners on...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango considers revised pot ordinance

It might be OK to carry marijuana into a city building, but it could be dangerous to grow it in a condo. These were some of the thoughts from the Durango City Council on Tuesday on the first draft...

DATE: May 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Infrastructure needs addressed

The Durango City Council took steps toward a new wastewater-treatment plant, better drainage and paved alleys Tuesday. The councilors voted to approve spending $65,600 on a study of two alternative...

DATE: May 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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