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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Despite $220K shortfall, no cuts planned for city’s transit system

Durango City Council is likely going to rely on savings this year to keep trolley and city bus service intact. The Transit Department is facing a projected $220,000 shortfall in 2016, but...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport expects passenger increases in 2016

The fast pace of growth at the Durango-La Plata County Airport will likely continue next year, and on Thursday the Airport Commission discussed ways to encourage the trend. Frontier Airlines’...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A $68 million sewer question

In the coming weeks, voters will be deciding on the $68 million sewer plant question. If the question passes, the city will be allowed to go into debt to finance the remodel of the sewer plant in...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Master plan estimates $190M needed for airport

A consultant outlined the long-term plans for the Durango-La Plata County Airport and the millions of dollars in construction projects it could require on Tuesday in front of the Durango City...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Library director makes case for more funding

The Durango Public Library is looking to Durango and La Plata County to spend more on programming and materials, such as books and DVDs, in 2016. While the library’s proposed budget projects an...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Founder of Durango-based Great Old Broads for Wilderness dies

The founder of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Susan Tixier, died last week. She was 73. In 1989, Tixier founded Great Old Broads while she was living in southern Utah. Since then, the...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango High School band marching off to regionals

With a mature and full sound, the Durango High School marching band has become a competitive force under the direction of Katharine Reed. When she came to the school in 2011, about 20 students...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Friends of the Arts nonprofit may dissolve

The Durango Friends of the Arts faces an uncertain future after the nonprofit’s board voted on Thursday to ask the membership to dissolve the organization. The general membership will decide...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missouri man rescued from Weminuche Wilderness

La Plata County Search and Rescue rescued a man lost in the Weminuche Wilderness by helicopter Saturday morning. The team members spotted a smoke plume from the fire the 59-year-old man from...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hunting’s allure fades

The number of hunters heading out to bag an elk each fall is steadily declining in Colorado, but stores locally are staying busy. The decline in interest could be tough to reverse, as hunters grow...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Food truck owner aims to extend stay

The Chinese and Southeast Asian food truck on College Drive is fighting to stay open. Durango regulations that limit how long a food truck can remain in one location have made it tough for the...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report: Building up in Durango better than building out

If the city encouraged more development of multistory buildings, it could reap far more taxes on the land than generated from single-story strip malls, according to a recent study. Mixed-use...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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