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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City boosts funding for some nonprofits

Local nonprofits and agencies will be getting a budget boost or a slight setback after decisions made Tuesday by Durango city councilors. 4CORE, La Plata Youth Services, and Trails 2000 had their...

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

More jobs, fewer workers may pressure local wages

As the unemployment rate has dropped in La Plata County, the number of people in the labor force has also been on the decline. With fewer people to fill positions, employees may be seeing higher...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

A second chance for veterans

BAYFIELD After almost nine years and four deployments, Jason Paul couldn’t imagine life outside the Marine Corps. Upon returning to civilian life in 2013, he – like so many returning veterans –...

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

Sidewalk construction near Needham Elementary in Durango delayed

The sidewalk construction near Needham Elementary will halt in the coming weeks, and work will continue in the spring. The Safe Routes to School project that started in September has faced delays...

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

Running for girl power in Durango

In pink capes and colorful tutus, about 400 girls ran a 5K at Fort Lewis College on Saturday, showing off their girl power. As the students in third through eighth grade created a small sea at the...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire department plans growth

More and more people are calling for local firefighters and paramedics each year, and as the need grows, the new fire chief is planning for more staff, buildings and vehicles – the rub is how to...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man dressed as priest suspected of sinful deeds

Police are looking for a man who assaulted someone early Sunday in Durango while dressed as a priest for Halloween. The man, who was wearing a white clerical collar, punched the victim and knocked...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango High School student diagnosed with pertussis

The number of whooping cough cases is still climbing in La Plata County, and the students and staff at Durango High School should be particularly vigilant. A DHS student was recently diagnosed with...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ethics board addresses Durango city councilors’ queries

The family members of Durango city councilors should not serve on municipal boards and councilors should not publicly endorse La Plata Electric Association board candidates, the city’s Board of...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City voters approve bond for sewer plant

An overwhelming majority of city voters approved a $68 million bond question on Tuesday to allow the city to remodel the Santa Rita Park sewer plant. Early returns showed 2,640 voters or 67.59...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bundle up, Durango; winter is here

Durango may get its first taste of winter this week, but even if that forecast doesn’t come to pass, it’s likely to be wet and colder in town. The southern San Juan Mountains are under a winter...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A helping hand for those who served

The help a veteran might need may be extensive, from affordable housing to better mental health care. At the Four Corner Veterans Stand Down held at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Tuesday,...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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