Position: City & health 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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Polled residents favor airport improvements

Long-term growth trends at the Durango-La Plata County Airport show an expansion would help the facility keep up with its peers, a consultant said. An ever-rising number of travelers at the airport...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s more local than a homebrew bar?

Mancos is now home to a brewing company on Railroad Avenue that plans to cultivate community by giving homebrewers an outlet for their work. Owner Kathy Hands and brewer DeWayne Jackson opened the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Mill cleanup vanquishes mercury

The Environmental Protection Agency has finished mercury-decontamination efforts at the Red Arrow Gold Corp. mill site on Grand Avenue in Mancos. Workers removed 240 pounds of liquid mercury...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Dove Creek mom has quadruplets

A Dove Creek mom and dad welcomed extraordinary quadruplets into the world on July 28 at a hospital in Denver. Melissa and Matt Reid weren’t using fertility medications or even trying to have more...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County co-op is blossoming

Southwest Farm Fresh, a new farm and ranch distribution cooperative in Montezuma County, is about halfway through its first year and looking to ramp up for the harvest season. A spring with cold...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Too busy on the weekend? Not a problem

The smell of fresh pizza and sound of live folk music filled the air at the first evening farmers market in Cortez. The July 1 event drew a different mix of artists and farmers than the regular...

DATE: July 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Regional foreclosures continue to decline

Foreclosures across the area have been steadily falling since 2010, according to district court data. The number of completed foreclosures fell from 132 properties in 2010 to 61 properties in 2013,...

DATE: July 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Cortez coffee shop, roaster under pressure with new Starbucks

Starbucks plans to move into the coffee kiosk space at the southwest entrance of the Cortez City Market in the fall, a corporate official said in a written statement. The store will hire 12 to 15...

DATE: June 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

There are reasons beef is costing you more

While the number of beef cattle has declined nationally, local beef cattle herds remained more stable in recent years, according to U.S. agriculture data released in May. Montezuma County cattlemen...

DATE: June 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Who will take over the farm?

Agriculture is facing a long-term math problem. Current farmers and ranchers are aging, more children are walking away from family operations and young entrepreneurs face monumental startup costs....

DATE: June 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Droughts may bring benefits to Colorado

Growing demand from dairies and the droughts in California and Texas may spur demand for local alfalfa. “I think we are looking at, if not a stable, a rising market for alfalfa,” said Terry...

DATE: June 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Selling Southwest flavor

TOWAOC – The Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch Enterprises is getting into the cornmeal business with a new large-scale mill that will supply grocery stores and restaurants. “We’ve been farming for...

DATE: April 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business