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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Oxbow Preserve not opening without plan

The Oxbow Preserve will remain closed while Natural Lands Advisory Board discusses a possibly permanent strategy for managing people in the preserve. The advisory board had planned to leave the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad running full steam in 2015

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad had its best financial year ever in 2015 after seeing high ridership and achieving better efficiency. “If the economy stays generally where it is we...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango Utilities Commission hears merits of fluoride in drinking water

State and county health experts touted the benefits of fluoride in front of the Durango Utilities Commission on Monday. For more than 50 years, the federal government has recommended adding...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three Springs community in Durango prepares for more growth

By the end of the year, 1,000 people will call Three Springs home, and in the coming years, hundreds more homes could be built in the subdivision. There are about 270 homes in Three Springs, and...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango brewers say independent liquor stores nurtured them

If full-strength beer and wine came to grocery store shelves in Colorado, it would change the craft-beer market. Local brewers and the liquor store owners say changing the law could hurt a system...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day over Columbus Day

This year, Durango will recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October, after a decision this week by Durango City Council. Fort Lewis College student Ruthie Edd, who advocated...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Middle School, a Durango charter school, and city reach agreement on expansion

Mountain Middle School and city officials have reached an agreement about the school’s plan for expansion. After months of negotiations, the school and city officials have compromised on fewer...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango labor shortage and slow income growth are challenges

The economy, regionally and in La Plata County, faces some challenges, but it is showing signs of growth, according to experts at the Southwest Business Forum. “I have somewhat tempered optimism,”...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Construction coming to Twin Buttes

Five years after Twin Buttes received approval from Durango City Council, land sales in the development west of town could start this fall. The project has been dormant for the last 18 months and...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Panels focus on how Durango Utilities Commission can contribute

The future of the city’s Utilities Commission as a board is now secure, but work remains to clarify its mission. “We want to make sure the underlying issues are resolved,” Mayor Dean Brookie said....

DATE: Jan. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado health exchange trying to attract more businesses

More businesses can now shop for health insurance within the state’s small-business marketplace, and it is a step aimed at helping to boost enrollment in the group plans and control prices....

DATE: Jan. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

After the diagnosis: Care and guidance when it’s needed most

After a cancer diagnosis, a patient’s needs for physical, financial and emotional support often are greater than what local hospitals and clinics provide. After working long hours to help find help...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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