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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Durango fire district faces deficit

The Durango Fire Protection District will have to dip into savings to cover expenses next year for the first time since 2009. The district is prepared to deficit spend $550,634 in 2015 mostly to...

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

Vacation rental enforcement ramping up

City officials are working to enforce the vacation rental permits and recently brought the first owner to court for operating an illegal rental. The owner was fined $200, Nicol Killian, the city’s...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Free Medicare advice to be offered

The right Medicare plan can help save senior citizens thousands of dollars on medical costs, and this fall, the Durango/La Plata Senior Center is offering free advice to help navigate the program....

DATE: Oct. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango tourism tax too low?

Good marketing makes the city money, and we should be investing more money in bringing people to town, the executive director of Durango Area Tourism Office said Tuesday. Even though Durango saw a...

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

Durango wastewater-plant repair deadline extends

The Durango wastewater-treatment plant will not have to make millions of dollars worth of improvements by 2017 to meet new clean water guidelines, after negotiations with the Colorado Department of...

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

Some trails face closure

A passionate group of residents met with city officials Monday to discuss the future of many steep and eroding trails in the city’s open space. At the joint meeting between the Natural Lands and...

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

Restaurant snags pot customers

Got weed? Time to feed. Kassidy’s Kitchen in Bodo Industrial Park is capitalizing on new traffic to the first recreational marijuana shop in Durango, which also happens to be up the block from his...

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

Film night to celebrate open space

Vast ranches are a hallmark of the West, but many modern factors can make selling to developers ever more appealing. Local landowners will gather at the Durango Arts Center to tell their stories...

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

Parks and Rec proposes new maintenance building

The Durango Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a new $2 million maintenance building to replace the old structures at Greenmount Cemetery. If the Durango City Council approves the project...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Young fans, stay seated

Durango School District 9-R asked young fans to stay seated in the stands during Durango High School’s last football game Friday night. The district sent a note to parents last week asking them to...

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

Local parks all organic no longer?

Some parks may exit the city’s organic program because organic treatments have not been able to keep parks healthy. Durango City Council, during budget discussions Oct. 17, discussed removing...

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

County coffers healing

The La Plata County’s budget is looking healthier after struggling with declining revenue since 2010. Total budget spending is expected to expand from $63.7 million to $76.9 million in 2015, an...

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

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