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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Council backs water for Animas Air Park

The Durango City Council assured the Animas Air Park Property Association on Tuesday night that the city will build a water main in 2015 that the park’s businesses can use. The water main,...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City approves third pot shop

Durango officials approved Sante Alternative Wellness’ application to open today. This is the third recreational location to receive approval from the city since the moratorium on stores was lifted...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Insulation installer wins national award

A local insulation installer brought home second place and $5,000 in a national competition this past weekend. Ray Blackwater competed against 30 insulation installers from across the country at...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City’s smelly situation

Proposed sewer plant upgrades carry a price tag of $55 million, according to engineers hired to advise Durango City Council. In addition to the staggering estimate, the construction must be...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: Fewer bears wandering into town

This was a good year for bears to forage in the wild, and that helped minimize conflicts between our furry neighbors and Durango residents, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This is the...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Skipping class is getting tougher

Students can stand before a judge for skipping school, but long before that’s needed, local mentors and teachers want to step in. “Truancy is not just a school issue, it’s a community issue,” said...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Murder victims’ survivors question death penalty

Is taking a murderer’s life justified? Advocates personally touched by murder argued no Wednesday night at Fort Lewis College. Panelist Jeanne Bishop’s sister and her sister’s family were murdered...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stable budget for library, senior center

Healthy sales-tax revenue promises stability for the Durango Public Library and the Durango/La Plata Senior Center budgets this year. The directors for the two organizations presented their budgets...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summer swimming tragedy inspires new nonprofit

The family of a boy who recently drowned in Navajo Lake is launching a nonprofit that will fund swim lessons for underprivileged children. Cristian Korte’s family will be holding the first...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Horse Gulch to receive more repairs

Rain hit the Horse Gulch trail system hard in September, and while erosion damage has been cleared somewhat, major maintenance is still needed The city is particularly concerned about a short...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nursing comes home

When Rick Cragg was wheeled into Four Corners Health Care Center after spinal surgery, he promised himself that he would walk out. It was a goal his surgeon never expected the 64-year-old to...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wedding bells ring for gay couples

Eight gay couples have tied the knot in La Plata County since same-sex marriage became legal last week in Colorado. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals on same-sex marriage bans in...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News