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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Mancos will have to wait for Family Dollar

Mancos trustees passed an emergency ordinance to extend a ban on large retail stores until June during last week’s board meeting. But one board member stood in stark opposition to the ban on...

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

Toilets can flush again in Mancos

Limited nonpotable water started to flow in Mancos on Tuesday evening after pumps failed Sunday at the water-treatment plant and cut off water. Officials anticipate restoring full service by...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos lives another dry day

Life in Mancos has been anything but routine since Saturday when pumps at the town’s water-treatment plant failed. Residents within the town limits may be without water for the next 48 to 72 hours...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos residents without water

Mancos residents were left without water after pumps failed Saturday morning at the water-treatment facility. Residents within the town limits may be without water for the next 48 to 72 hours as...

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

Cortez fire guts 3 shops

An early-morning blaze in downtown Cortez on Sunday gutted three businesses and halted eastbound and westbound traffic on Main Street for hours. Cortez Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde said the fire...

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

Mancos OKs flat fee on marijuana

Mancos trustees unanimously approved a ballot measure Wednesday that would allow them to place a flat fee of up to $10 on marijuana. If the ballot measure is passed in April, the fee could take...

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

Mancos residents oppose retailer

Representatives for Family Dollar on Wednesday announced to a full house that the corporation was looking at opening a store in Mancos. The town’s moratorium on big-box stores expires in mid-March,...

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

Chairs that rock

You won’t find your grandmother’s rocking chair among the sculpted bronze, bamboo and zebra wood chairs in Kevin DesPlanques’ collection. But you will find a comfortable seat. “I get the ergonomics...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Program helps seniors get back on their feet again

A truck driver, a wrangler and a jack-of-all trades all found a new start through a federal job training program for older workers. Joe Miller, a former truck driver, lost his job during the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jackson Gulch may expand

The Mancos Water Conservancy is working on expanding Jackson Gulch Reservoir to hold an additional 80 acre-feet of water. “There’s always the need for additional irrigation in the valley,” said...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animal Planet crew seeks Bigfoot

Animal Planet is searching for Bigfoot in the Four Corners and may shoot more than one episode in the area, according to the Four Corners Film Office. On the Finding Bigfoot website, the show...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News