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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Science Center director leaving post

Powerhouse Science Center Executive Director Chris Cable is stepping down at the end of October. Since starting in 2012, he also worked on upgrading the museum by extending the plaza, painting the...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

More eyes on Animas River

More watchful eyes may be monitoring the Animas River from Oxbow Park to 33rd Street next summer to help and to educate paddlers. Durango Parks and Recreation Department Director Cathy Metz...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA to plug polluted mine in Silverton

Poisonous metals flow from many abandoned mines near Silverton, but in 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to address one that is draining hundreds of gallons of toxins a minute into...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge rejects sentencing deal in sex-assault case

Judge William Herringer rejected a sentencing agreement Friday presented by attorneys during a hearing for a suspected rapist. “I’m not satisfied he’s accepting responsibility,” said Herringer, a...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Starved dog recovering at shelter

A coonhound on the edge of death recently brought to the La Plata County Humane Society shocked employees. “She is the thinnest you can possibly get before dying,” said Jon Patla, director of...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Licenses now being issued for retail pot

The city issued the first two local recreational marijuana business licenses Tuesday afternoon. Businesses now must wait for city inspections before opening their doors. However, Durango Organics,...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City fixes carry costs

Major infrastructure improvements needed across Durango, including a potential new water-treatment plant and major upgrades at the sewage-treatment plant, carry hefty price tags, the Durango City...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain wreaks havoc

When the sun came out Monday, city workers in front loaders and residents armed with shovels continued cleanup effort in areas where major flooding left piles of mud. Sunday night’s rain flowed...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will they come?

Years after completion of the Bridge to Nowhere, developers’ dreams are still hanging on a three-quarter-mile stretch of road between Mercy Regional Medical Center and the Highway 160 interchange...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chow down on pies with neighbors

Bring out your pies, both sweet and savory, to the tastiest kind of competition Saturday. The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, now in its second season, will hold an open house and pie competition...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Few vacation-rental permits left

Vacation-rental permits have gone fast in the last few weeks, since the city started issuing them in late August. The city began accepting applications in the third week of August, and five permits...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Runway improvement planned

The Durango-La Plata County Airport is starting preliminary design work on a rehabilitation project of the main taxiway that is likely to start in 2015. Project engineer Ben Gonzales with Jviation...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News