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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Pot tax, Web ballot questions explored

A new recreational marijuana tax and a measure to allow the city to lease out Internet infrastructure to private companies could be on Durango ballots in November. But the City Council is looking...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Body found near Bakers

La Plata County Search & Rescue on Saturday evening recovered a body believed to be that of a young man who drowned in late June in the Animas River. The body, believed to be that of Cody Shane...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

El Niño ends dry run in Southwest Colorado

Above-average spring and summer rains have helped break a 3½-year drought in La Plata County. “This country hasn’t looked this green this time of year in easily two years, if not longer,” said...

DATE: July 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Middle school growth denied

Traffic and trust were key themes in the opposition to Mountain Middle School’s expansion during a hearing Thursday before the Durango Planning Commission. The two themes helped convince the...

DATE: July 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City buildings need TLC

Local residents have invested heavily in the Durango Public Library, the Tech Center and Durango Community Recreation Center in recent years, but now it may be time to remodel and replace existing...

DATE: July 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colo. crime down in 2014

Crime decreased across Colorado in 2014, but local law-enforcement agencies have observed crime remaining relatively flat. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which recently released...

DATE: July 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River trail routes debated

An Animas River Trail extension toward Three Springs may be headed over, instead of across, U.S. Highway 550/160, by way of a $2 million bridge. The Parks and Recreation and Multi-Modal advisory...

DATE: July 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River search continues for man’s body

On Sunday, the fourth day of its search, La Plata County Search and Rescue was again unsuccessful in finding the body of a young man who drowned Thursday. “History tells us that the results of the...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cashing in on marijuana sales

A new retail marijuana sales tax could be key to upgrading the city’s aging facilities, but those in the industry worry it could drive more sales to the black market. The current sales tax on...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Long recovery for bighorns

Bighorn sheep numbers in Southwest Colorado are stable, but the population isn’t growing. Catastrophic die-offs caused by respiratory illness in the 1990s and early 2000s decimated some herds and...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City may share plant costs

The city of Durango may work with the La Plata Archuleta Water District to build a new water-treatment plant below the Lake Nighthorse dam. The proposed Ridges Basin Water Treatment Plant is...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango lodgers are getting organized

Hotel owners and managers are organizing to bring in more tourists. With four new hotels possibly opening in town, the Durango area lodgers see more marketing as a key to ensure business keeps...

DATE: July 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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