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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Feds lower fluoride levels

The federal government Monday lowered the recommended amount of fluoride that should be added to tap water. But some skeptics say the risks of fluoride do not justify adding it to the water in the...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde reports a strong 2014

Mesa Verde National Park brought far more tourism to the region in 2014 than 2013. The government shutdown that closed the park for 16 days in October 2013 hurt tourism regionally, but the park...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fish in the Animas aren’t going hungry

There are fewer fish locally in the Animas River than there used to be, but the populations are not likely wanting for food. A study of bugs, specifically macroinvertebrates, recently completed...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Skate Park installs security cameras

The city believes the Durango Skate Park is now a safer place after installing security cameras earlier this month. Concerned residents asked the Parks and Recreation Department and Durango Police...

DATE: April 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless fight for their rights

Panhandling is on the rise in Durango, but it is likely a trend without an obvious solution, say those who work with the homeless. The problem pits a First Amendment right against concerns of...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

SUV causes car to swerve, crash

The driver in an SUV caused the driver in a compact car to crash into a rock wall near the intersection of Trimble Lane and East Animas Road (County Road 250) north of Durango mid-day Friday. A...

DATE: April 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Let there be lights along the Animas River Trail

Lighting is coming to an older section of the Animas River Trail in late April or early May. The city plans to install 23 new solar-powered LED lights from the Rotary Park bridge to the pedestrian...

DATE: April 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas gets earthly blessing

The Animas River was blessed in more than one way on Earth Day by students, parents, teachers and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness. “May we all be protectors of land; may we all protect this...

DATE: April 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brookie takes mayor’s gavel

Sweetie Marbury passed the mayor’s gavel to Dean Brookie on Tuesday night. Housing and visioning plans for north Main Avenue topped Brookie’s list of priorities in his short address. “We can make...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, region join wildfire agreement

Durango City Councilors unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday that establishes a framework for local governments and fire districts to manage and share the cost of wildfires. “We’ll all be able...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Haze blowing in from Siberia and California

Smoke blown in from fires in California and Siberia created a lingering haze over the La Plata Mountains on Monday evening and into Tuesday. The jet stream can bring both smoke and storms from...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire damages Edgemont house

Fire damaged a house Tuesday afternoon in the Edgemont Ranch subdivision, a few miles northeast of Durango. The fire was reported about 2:50 p.m. at 223 El Diente Drive in the 5200 block of Florida...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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