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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Durango rec center pools reopen after cleaning

UPDATE: The pools at the Durango Community Recreation Center reopened Wednesday morning after they were cleaned as a precaution to prevent the spread of a waterborne disease. The staff closed the...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s Velorution Cycles and Bedrock Bags merge

Riders have been loading their bicycles up with gear to travel across the country for many years, but the need for lighter, specialized gear to use on narrow trails has opened up demand for...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Changes to Three Springs plans approved

A revised vision for construction in Three Springs was approved by the Durango Planning Commission on Monday. As part of the new comprehensive plan for the neighborhood, two school sites would be...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

More Florida Road townhomes proposed

More townhomes could be coming to Florida Road, if city officials approve the project. Rick Feeney is planning to build nine townhomes on the 1300 block of Florida Road, just east of J. Bo’s Pizza...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chance meeting leads to new life for African

A chance meeting in an airport helped bring Farai Taziwa from Zimbabwe to Durango. When Durangoans Judy Duke and her husband Tom missed their flight out of the Los Angeles International Airport,...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Dharma Center expands

Over the past 15 years, the Durango Dharma Center has grown from a handful of people meeting in living rooms to weekly meditation sessions averaging more than 100. On Monday, more than 250 people...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parking ticket scofflaws could get the boot

Durango’s parking-ticket amnesty is over. Those with two or more late parking tickets can expect a final notice in the mail during the next four weeks warning that the city may boot their cars if...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Durango Rocks!: Steve Parker named Citizen of the Year

Steve Parker was named Citizen of the Year Thursday by the Durango Chamber of Commerce at Durango Rocks!, the annual awards ceremony. He was one of 11 recipients honored at the Community Concert...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

First Southwest starts community fund

First Southwest Bank is working to support infrastructure projects and small businesses through low-interest loans and a new community fund. “We will center our efforts on areas where unemployment...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit ridership falls

Durango Transit saw a decline in ridership in 2015, partially driven by a the new trolley fares and low gas prices. The number of people riding the trolley declined 19 percent in 2015 compared with...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s collection of sales taxes and lodgers taxes up in 2015

The city enjoyed a stellar year in 2015 for both sales tax and lodgers tax collections, reflecting strong economic growth. Durango sales tax collections brought in about $14.96 million, a 5.8...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cloud seeding helps boost El Niño

El Niño is bringing Southwest Colorado wet storms and even more reason to seed clouds than in a dry winter, some experts say. “When there’s lots of liquid water coming through, then you have a...

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

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