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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Colo. crime down in 2014

Crime decreased across Colorado in 2014, but local law-enforcement agencies have observed crime remaining relatively flat. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which recently released...

DATE: July 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River trail routes debated

An Animas River Trail extension toward Three Springs may be headed over, instead of across, U.S. Highway 550/160, by way of a $2 million bridge. The Parks and Recreation and Multi-Modal advisory...

DATE: July 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River search continues for man’s body

On Sunday, the fourth day of its search, La Plata County Search and Rescue was again unsuccessful in finding the body of a young man who drowned Thursday. “History tells us that the results of the...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cashing in on marijuana sales

A new retail marijuana sales tax could be key to upgrading the city’s aging facilities, but those in the industry worry it could drive more sales to the black market. The current sales tax on...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Long recovery for bighorns

Bighorn sheep numbers in Southwest Colorado are stable, but the population isn’t growing. Catastrophic die-offs caused by respiratory illness in the 1990s and early 2000s decimated some herds and...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City may share plant costs

The city of Durango may work with the La Plata Archuleta Water District to build a new water-treatment plant below the Lake Nighthorse dam. The proposed Ridges Basin Water Treatment Plant is...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango lodgers are getting organized

Hotel owners and managers are organizing to bring in more tourists. With four new hotels possibly opening in town, the Durango area lodgers see more marketing as a key to ensure business keeps...

DATE: July 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vallecito Marina open in time for holiday

Just in time for one of the year’s biggest boating days, the new Vallecito Marina will open to the public for the first time this summer. There was a flurry of activity at the marina in the days...

DATE: July 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Searching for solutions

Local law enforcement has long been working with homeless residents, but as the problem has become more visible, local agencies are looking to partner with the community to work on solutions. While...

DATE: July 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Adult diversion program launched

Adults caught driving without insurance or on their first drug charge may face a less punitive judgment in La Plata County. The 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office started a diversion program...

DATE: July 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango marijuana tax may go to voters

Taxes on recreational marijuana have helped fill the state’s coffers, and now the Durango City Council is looking to cash in a bit more. Councilors debated the merits of an additional 5 percent...

DATE: June 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilors seek an Internet boost

The city has laid Internet infrastructure throughout town, but right now the city staff can’t lease any of the infrastructure to private companies because of a restrictive state law. The Durango...

DATE: June 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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