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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Pipe break discolors water all over Durango

A city water main broke near Park Elementary School about noon causing excessive water to surround the school and impact several classrooms. The break also discolored water for residents all over...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s building fees go up

Building fees are going up in Durango, and they could go up in La Plata County as well in the new year. When tallying up higher fees, more stringent regulations, increased payroll costs because of...

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

Survey at Fort Lewis College in Durango: Marijuana not a major tourism driver

Tourists stopping in at pot shops are not coming to Colorado specifically for marijuana, a recent survey by a Fort Lewis College professor found. Shortly after marijuana was legalized, the survey...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Housing policy debate to continue in Durango

As the city starts enforcing new rules for accessory dwelling units in 2016 and weighing whether to allow them in new neighborhoods, it raises questions about whether housing options in Durango...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory: A story told in pictures

As part of anniversary celebrations, Purgatory Resort is honoring its history and the many people who helped build the resort in a new book, Close to Heaven, Fifty years of Purgatory. The...

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

Durango’s Main Avenue mobility plan complete

Making north Main Avenue more inviting for pedestrians and cyclists will require new lanes, intersection improvements and streetscaping. A recently completed mobility study of north Main Avenue...

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

Durango’s water and sewer rates rising

Water and sewer rates will be going up in 2016 to help pay for the millions in water and sewer projects for the city. Durango city councilors unanimously approved both the 2016 budget and utility...

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

Downtown Durango’s White Dragon Tea Room closing up shop

Over the last five years, the White Dragon Tea Room has morphed several times and on Dec. 31, it will change again, into solely an Internet business. For Michael Thunder, the change will allow him...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Bayfield sex offender gets 9 years in prison

A Bayfield man was sentenced Monday to nine years prison for sexual assault. Bryan Tyner, 39, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of attempted sex assault on a child by a person in a position of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Black Friday shoppers fill downtown Durango

After a quiet November, eager shoppers filled the sidewalks along Main Avenue on Black Friday to enjoy the sparkling holiday window displays and find some deals. Some were shopaholics, like Misty...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow builds up north of Durango

A powder day in the mountains could still be in the cards this holiday weekend, but down in Durango, it’s likely to stay dry for the comfort of shoppers on Small Business Saturday. Scattered storms...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community in gratitude

About 25 years ago, cooks prepped for 350 people to feast at the Durango Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This year, more than 1,300 plates were served. The crowd that started filing in at 11 a.m....

DATE: Nov. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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