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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Oil and gas price declines lead to job losses in La Plata County

Oil and gas prices have collapsed in the past couple of years, leading to fewer jobs in Southwest Colorado and concerns about how fast the industry might rebound. In La Plata County, no more than...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango wants residents’ multimodal feedback

Five years ago, Durangoans were asked what would make the town a safer place for transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians. The result was bike lanes at the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowdown Light Parade 2016

Spectators with huge heavy-metal hair and others wearing neon tracksuits gathered shoulder to shoulder Friday to watch the Snowdown Light Parade along Main Avenue. Celebrating the “Back to the...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Director of shelter, veterans program wants to expand services

The new director for the Southwest Safehouse, the Durango Community Shelter and the Veterans Transitional Housing Program wants to introduce new services and longer stays for homeless guests....

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association lowers off-peak rates

Some La Plata Electric Association customers can expect to see a lower bill in April. Those billed based on when they use their electricity will pay less for power that they use overnight and in...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango rec center pools reopen after cleaning

UPDATE: The pools at the Durango Community Recreation Center reopened Wednesday morning after they were cleaned as a precaution to prevent the spread of a waterborne disease. The staff closed the...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s Velorution Cycles and Bedrock Bags merge

Riders have been loading their bicycles up with gear to travel across the country for many years, but the need for lighter, specialized gear to use on narrow trails has opened up demand for...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Changes to Three Springs plans approved

A revised vision for construction in Three Springs was approved by the Durango Planning Commission on Monday. As part of the new comprehensive plan for the neighborhood, two school sites would be...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

More Florida Road townhomes proposed

More townhomes could be coming to Florida Road, if city officials approve the project. Rick Feeney is planning to build nine townhomes on the 1300 block of Florida Road, just east of J. Bo’s Pizza...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chance meeting leads to new life for African

A chance meeting in an airport helped bring Farai Taziwa from Zimbabwe to Durango. When Durangoans Judy Duke and her husband Tom missed their flight out of the Los Angeles International Airport,...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Dharma Center expands

Over the past 15 years, the Durango Dharma Center has grown from a handful of people meeting in living rooms to weekly meditation sessions averaging more than 100. On Monday, more than 250 people...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parking ticket scofflaws could get the boot

Durango’s parking-ticket amnesty is over. Those with two or more late parking tickets can expect a final notice in the mail during the next four weeks warning that the city may boot their cars if...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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