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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The skijoring game is on

It’s 15 crazy seconds. A rider on horseback travels about 30 miles an hour, pulling a skier over jumps. “It’s like waterskiing behind a horse,” Silverton’s Pete Maisel said. That’s skijoring....

DATE: Feb. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Robbery suspect is back in jail

A Bayfield man accused of robbing a medical marijuana shop was taken into custody Thursday morning after a judge reset his bail. Logan Griffith, 19, was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Birds on the brain

Chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers flitting around outside your window all winter long are a small but important piece of bird populations that indicate changes in the environment. The Great...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, county officials delay picking airport plan

Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners did not pick a plan for a new airport terminal Tuesday night opting instead to seek more public comment. The two boards have been...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dick White outlines campaign promises

A small crowd cheered as Durango City Councilor Dick White officially announced his re-election campaign Tuesday afternoon. As he stood on the steps of the Strater Hotel, he highlighted how he had...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lake Nighthorse construction likely this summer

Construction on some facilities at Lake Nighthorse could start this summer, after the Ute tribes expressed support for recreation. The letters of support will allow the Bureau of Reclamation to...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Loved ones remember an ‘adventurous soul’

While police are working to solve the mystery of a local woman found dead in the Animas River, friends and family remember her as a loving mom and warm friend. Police don’t know whether someone was...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowpack low across region

The current regional snowpack levels should leave farmers and skiers alike praying for winter storms. A mostly dry January left snowpack across the state and locally below normal levels. Snow...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Falling gas production may force a tax hike

Without a property- or sales-tax increase, La Plata County’s financial outlook looks bleak. After months of meetings, the county’s Long Term Finance Committee recommended a property-tax increase to...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilors approve half-cent tax question

Taxes don’t usually bring out a crowd of supporters, but the 1999 half-cent sales-tax fan club heralded the upcoming reauthorization vote at City Hall with signs Tuesday night. About 15 people...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Challenges of recruiting

Facing a shortage of specialized workers, local companies use Durango’s quality of life, more competitive wages and other perks to recruit and keep qualified candidates. Mercy Regional Medical...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Father of robbery suspect held on $100,000 bail

A Gem Village man accused of conspiring with his son to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Durango will have to come up with a significant sum of cash to leave jail anytime soon. La Plata County...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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