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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Anasazi center to display ancient, contemporary baskets

Visitors to the Anasazi Heritage Center this year will be able to see the diverse history of Native American basketry in the Four Corners from 7,000 years ago to present day. Baskets were first...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Region 9 boosting business

It can be tough to finance startups and other business ventures. To help fill the gaps between what a bank can loan and what businesses need, the regional economic development district loans out...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Mancos co-op gets a boost to help expand distribution in Durango

Durangoans could be eating more Montezuma County vegetables this year. In the spring, the Mancos-based Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative will be launching a Community Supported Agriculture program...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Durango City Councilors search for ways to trim housing costs

Encouraging developers to build more affordable housing was the Durango City Council’s focus Tuesday. The council discussed tweaking the city’s fair share ordinance, allowing extra units on a...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council considers long-term housing for homeless

Long-term housing for homeless people in Durango could help them put their lives back together and lower the strain on public health care and other social services. “If you take care of housing...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos preparing for April voting

In April, Mancos voters will pick a new mayor, make a decision on Internet rules and select how long the new trustees will serve. Five open Mancos Town Board seats will likely be filled by five...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores will hold first mail-in election in spring

Dolores will hold its first mail-in election this spring, even though there aren’t enough candidates yet for the election to be competitive. The election must be held because the deadline for...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas price declines lead to job losses in La Plata County

Oil and gas prices have collapsed in the past couple of years, leading to fewer jobs in Southwest Colorado and concerns about how fast the industry might rebound. In La Plata County, no more than...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango wants residents’ multimodal feedback

Five years ago, Durangoans were asked what would make the town a safer place for transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians. The result was bike lanes at the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowdown Light Parade 2016

Spectators with huge heavy-metal hair and others wearing neon tracksuits gathered shoulder to shoulder Friday to watch the Snowdown Light Parade along Main Avenue. Celebrating the “Back to the...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Director of shelter, veterans program wants to expand services

The new director for the Southwest Safehouse, the Durango Community Shelter and the Veterans Transitional Housing Program wants to introduce new services and longer stays for homeless guests....

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association lowers off-peak rates

Some La Plata Electric Association customers can expect to see a lower bill in April. Those billed based on when they use their electricity will pay less for power that they use overnight and in...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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