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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Basics win vote

No single issue drove voters to support Councilor Dick White and Mayor Sweetie Marbury’s re-election Tuesday. Rather, the election turned on name recognition, campaign organization and the...

DATE: April 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parking proposal sparks criticism

A potential paid-parking program for the area around Third and Fourth avenues drew some skepticism and many questions Thursday evening at the Carnegie building in downtown Durango. About 75...

DATE: April 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plenty of water, not enough pipes

In the southwest corner of the state, there should be enough water to serve the population through 2050, but many new infrastructure projects will be needed to transport it. The same generally is...

DATE: April 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

White and Marbury return

Mayor Sweetie Marbury and Councilor Dick White won re-election to the Durango City Council on Tuesday night. The two incumbents closely defeated challengers Dave McHenry and Sean Waddell. Marbury...

DATE: April 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polls closed, public awaits election results

A wide variety of issues from housing to recreation motivated residents to cast ballots Tuesday, in the final hours of the city election. Voters were asked to choose between Mayor Sweetie Marbury,...

DATE: April 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sales tax will help fund parks and rec maintenance

The public came out in force to support a half-cent sales tax reauthorization to fund parks and recreation maintenance and new construction projects. The question passed with 69 percent majority:...

DATE: April 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cast your ballots today

There’s still time to cast your ballot and help make a few big decisions before the city election ends Tuesday. As of Monday, about 28 percent of eligible voters, or about 2,900 people, had mailed...

DATE: April 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Build new waste plant? Or remodel?

The Durango Utilities Commission and members of the city’s utility department staff clashed Monday over the planning process for a new wastewater treatment plant. Board member Dick Reitz called on...

DATE: April 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Big decisions are in the hands of a few

On Tuesday, election judges will tally votes for Durango City Council candidates and a tax measure. In the end, a relatively small number of people – in a fairly narrow demographic – will have...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A push for permit parking

Residents on East Third and East Fourth avenues and nearby side streets are looking for a solution to ease parking congestion. To address the ongoing problem, Boulevard Neighborhood Association...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A failure to launch

On paper, the boat dock, trails and other amenities that would fulfill common dreams for Lake Nighthorse have support from all the groups that govern the area. But questions about maintaining water...

DATE: April 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The future of agriculture appears dry

In a region facing a growing population and extended periods of drought, a record number of people gathered Friday to discuss future water needs at the Southwestern Water Conservation District’s...

DATE: April 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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