Position: City & health 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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Wells creep toward Chaco

CHACO – From the air a spiderweb of roads connecting oil and gas wells crisscrossing the desert south of Farmington is visible, cutting into a delicate desert landscape that holds sacred sites and...

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

Wells creep toward Chaco

CHACO – From the air a spiderweb of roads connecting oil and gas wells crisscrossing the desert south of Farmington is visible, cutting into a delicate desert landscape that holds sacred sites and...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas panel supports planning

Several members of the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force have voiced preliminary support for master planning in populated areas where industry development is a new phenomenon. After a marathon...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Energy task force draws crowd

People crowded into Durango’s Holiday Inn Thursday to express passionate views for and against industry regulations at the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force meeting. Many wore large stickers that...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fee proposed for river outfitters

The Durango Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a new fee for commercial outfitters that could go into effect in 2015 or 2016. Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz met with outfitters...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City fixes carry costs

Major infrastructure improvements needed across Durango, including a potential new water-treatment plant and major upgrades at the sewage-treatment plant, carry hefty price tags, the Durango City...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City eases rules for extra units

Durango City Council decided to ease the rules for some owners of accessory dwelling units Tuesday night. Mayor Pro Tem Dean Brookie characterized the changes as a “kinder, gentler roll out of...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rapist gets 90-day jail sentence

A man from New Mexico was sentenced Tuesday morning to 90 days in jail and six years probation for rape. Bryan Bunion, 26, previously pleaded guilty to raping a woman in September 2013 after she...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County assessor running unopposed

La Plata County Assessor Craig Larson is headed into a stress-free election season, running unopposed for the fifth time in his career. Now headed into his eighth term, Larson is responsible for...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘A little stronger every day’

A Bayfield resident is wasting no time working toward independence after severing his spinal cord in an accident. Jason Henry severely hurt his back while working underneath his Dodge Ramcharger on...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofits may get more city funding

Local nonprofits of all kinds came before Durango City Council to vie for funding Tuesday evening. City Manager Ron LeBlanc proposed spending $880,808 on all community services, up from $769,175, a...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Science Center director leaving post

Powerhouse Science Center Executive Director Chris Cable is stepping down at the end of October. Since starting in 2012, he also worked on upgrading the museum by extending the plaza, painting the...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News