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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Shopping for a storefront

Among the vibrant storefronts along Durango’s Main Avenue, a few new names are present, and demand for space is outpacing availability. In the last six to 12 months, Wells Group agents have heard...

DATE: July 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Condo plans worry residents

Neighborhood organizations are concerned a loophole in the land-use and development code could open the door to housing density they fought hard to prevent. At the Durango City Council meeting...

DATE: July 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilors OK Internet question

The Durango City Council will ask voters to give the city greater flexibility in managing local Internet infrastructure. Voters can expect to see a question on the November ballot asking them to...

DATE: July 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County seeks to stem costs

La Plata County is preparing for a lean 2016, even though budget projections are still vague. An expected drop in revenues from oil and gas taxes will not affect the county’s budget until 2017, but...

DATE: July 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homelessness: When camping is the only option

Around Durango, public agencies are cracking down on homeless camps to prevent wildfires, wildlife attacks and trash buildup. But if the homeless can’t sleep outside, where can they go? Ronnie...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot tax, Web ballot questions explored

A new recreational marijuana tax and a measure to allow the city to lease out Internet infrastructure to private companies could be on Durango ballots in November. But the City Council is looking...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Body found near Bakers

La Plata County Search & Rescue on Saturday evening recovered a body believed to be that of a young man who drowned in late June in the Animas River. The body, believed to be that of Cody Shane...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

El Niño ends dry run in Southwest Colorado

Above-average spring and summer rains have helped break a 3½-year drought in La Plata County. “This country hasn’t looked this green this time of year in easily two years, if not longer,” said...

DATE: July 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Middle school growth denied

Traffic and trust were key themes in the opposition to Mountain Middle School’s expansion during a hearing Thursday before the Durango Planning Commission. The two themes helped convince the...

DATE: July 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City buildings need TLC

Local residents have invested heavily in the Durango Public Library, the Tech Center and Durango Community Recreation Center in recent years, but now it may be time to remodel and replace existing...

DATE: July 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colo. crime down in 2014

Crime decreased across Colorado in 2014, but local law-enforcement agencies have observed crime remaining relatively flat. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which recently released...

DATE: July 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River trail routes debated

An Animas River Trail extension toward Three Springs may be headed over, instead of across, U.S. Highway 550/160, by way of a $2 million bridge. The Parks and Recreation and Multi-Modal advisory...

DATE: July 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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