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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Hay production is up, prices are down

A wet spring and early summer has given rise to an abundant hay crop for local farmers and lower prices for their product regionally. Those raising hay for horses and beef cattle have seen prices...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Beer with character

Dave Thibodeau admits he wasn’t a model student in high school. He liked to party. So did his friend Bill Graham. And after Thibodeau, at age 17, stumbled across his dad’s Brew Book, the duo teamed...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington man dies in motorcycle crash

The investigation is underway into a car accident that killed a Farmington man Sunday on U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. Michael Jakino, 64, was killed after the driver of a pickup crossed the...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

5 die in plane crash near Cascade Creek

Five people died in a plane crash Sunday north of Purgatory Resort, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The plane wreckage was found at the upper limits of Cascade Creek on the...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is wild food calling?

A wet spring and early summer giving rise to acorns and berries could make for fewer bears heading for neighborhood trash cans this fall. So far, that seems to be the trend. “We haven’t had too...

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

Grandfather upset about handling of alleged assault

The 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is evaluating the case of an Ignacio High School gym teacher who is accused of physically assaulting one of his 15-year-old students Tuesday. The...

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

Officials explore Superfund solution

The road to a Superfund designation can be long, local officials learned from Environmental Protection Agency representatives on Thursday. EPA officials came to Durango to talk with the Durango...

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

Filling your gas tank getting cheaper

Just in time for the holiday weekend, gas prices are set to fall and keep falling. The national average could fall below $2 a gallon by Christmas, according to a statement from AAA. Durango’s...

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

Council OKs ballot question for sewer funds

The wastewater-treatment plant in Santa Rita Park could require major upgrades at its current location to meet state regulations, no mater what the Durango City Council decides about the plant’s...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer-plant question headed to voters

Voters will be asked to approve spending $68 million on a new sewer-plant project in November, and the city is going to continue to explore whether to move or remodel the plant. The Durango City...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Food trucks get no slack in Durango

Food trucks have blossomed as an industry in some big cities, but regulations in Durango have made it tough for entrepreneurs to find traction. Unlike other cities, the trucks in Durango can’t...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer plant proves vexing

The message from the Utilities Commission on Monday on finding a spot to locate a new sewer plant was mixed, and ultimately the commission didn’t give the Durango City Council any direction. City...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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