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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Faster Internet on the horizon in downtown Durango, rural Southwest Colorado

Residents across the region can look forward to being a bit more plugged-in this year. New services from several providers, federal grants and a push from local agencies will fill some Internet...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, La Plata County officials discuss updating emissions data

The city’s Climate and Energy Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could get dusted off this year. The city has not taken a serious look at the plan since the Durango City Council...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit Center to close on Saturdays

The Durango Transit Department is cutting its budget and negotiating a fare increase with the Fort Lewis College student government this month. Durango City Council authorized the Transit...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal funding a tough puzzle

City and county officials haven’t figured out how to pay for a new Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal, but an airport tax question could end up on the November ballot. The Durango City...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community garden planned for Three Springs

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado is planning a new community garden for Confluence Park in Three Springs. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to back the initial concept plans for...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango street without water after pipe break

A water main broke Wednesday in a neighborhood west of the intersection of Florida Road and North College Drive. The broken pipe on Spruce Drive was discovered at 4 a.m. by a police officer, said...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oxbow Preserve not opening without plan

The Oxbow Preserve will remain closed while Natural Lands Advisory Board discusses a possibly permanent strategy for managing people in the preserve. The advisory board had planned to leave the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad running full steam in 2015

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad had its best financial year ever in 2015 after seeing high ridership and achieving better efficiency. “If the economy stays generally where it is we...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango Utilities Commission hears merits of fluoride in drinking water

State and county health experts touted the benefits of fluoride in front of the Durango Utilities Commission on Monday. For more than 50 years, the federal government has recommended adding...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three Springs community in Durango prepares for more growth

By the end of the year, 1,000 people will call Three Springs home, and in the coming years, hundreds more homes could be built in the subdivision. There are about 270 homes in Three Springs, and...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango brewers say independent liquor stores nurtured them

If full-strength beer and wine came to grocery store shelves in Colorado, it would change the craft-beer market. Local brewers and the liquor store owners say changing the law could hurt a system...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day over Columbus Day

This year, Durango will recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October, after a decision this week by Durango City Council. Fort Lewis College student Ruthie Edd, who advocated...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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