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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At Children’s House in Durango, the top lesson is thankfulness

Moms, dads, brothers, sisters: These are the people the students at the Children’s House are the most thankful to have in their lives. It’s a sentiment many of us will share as we celebrate...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango businesses look for strong seasonal sales

Coming off a strong end-of-summer season, retailers are hopeful El Niño will bring in shoppers for the holidays. Snow at the right times can drive business for Purgatory and in town, said Durango...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango marks Transgender Day of Remembrance

The memory of all the transgender people who have lost their lives was honored Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. A group of about 25 people gathered at the church to mark...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory ski resort in Durango opens for 50th year

Stoked. That was the overwhelming feeling of locals flocking to the mountain on Saturday for Purgatory Resort’s 50th opening day. Mediocre snow didn’t dim the excitement of many season-pass...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Habitat for Humanity home a blessing for Durango family

Carla Wood never thought she would be able to own a home again, but Habitat for Humanity is making that possible for her this fall. “I got extremely lucky to get this Habitat house,” Wood said. ...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango gauges sidewalk accessibility at transit stops

Consultants assessed the city’s 116 transit stops and the Transit Center this week and collected data about how to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. The city of Durango hired...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango tourism industry faces challenges

The local tourism industry could be facing a tougher road next year after a strong 2015 season. Through September, the city has seen a 6 percent increase in sales tax collections and a 6.5 percent...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association board considering rate changes

Local residents could be paying a bit more for electricity in 2016, while businesses might pay less. The new rate structure that La Plata Electric Association’s board is considering would charge...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort ready to usher in 50th season Saturday

The wet slush that fell Monday on Monday blessed Purgatory Resort with a foot of snow ahead of opening day Saturday. The ski resort is opening almost a week earlier than it did last year and is...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Durango’s Animas River Trail connection to Three Springs decided

The proposed trail connection from the Animas River to Three Springs morphed again Wednesday night with the support of city advisory boards. The Parks and Recreation and Multimodal advisory boards,...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County labor shortage ripples across industries

Many local employers are having a tough time finding workers, as fewer than 1,000 people are unemployed in La Plata County, according to the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance. At the...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oxbow Preserve in north Durango will temporarily close Dec. 1 amid damage concerns

The preserve portion of Oxbow Park will close again on Dec. 1, until the Durango City Council can weigh in on whether to open the area to the public this winter. For the last two years, the city...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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