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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Mountain Studies Institute to interpret EPA Animas River pollution data

During a Durango City Council meeting Tuesday, the need for greater understanding of Animas River pollution and more responsible dog ownership sparked discussion around the need for changes. After...

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

County election turnout low so far

Election Day is a week away and so far turnout appears dismal. Only about 13 percent of voters, or 4,310 people, had turned in ballots by Monday afternoon, said La Plata County Clerk and Recorder...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Friends of the Arts back on feet

The Durango Friends of the Arts is no longer facing an uncertain future. During a meeting last week, the Friends of the Arts board decided not to ask the general membership to dissolve the...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango government TV expanding

More people in La Plata County will be able to watch Durango city government at work in the coming weeks. City Span 10 is becoming DGOV, or Durango Government Television, and is now available over...

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

Arts group: Durango lags in funding

When stacked up against similar cities, Durango isn’t spending much on arts and culture. STEAM Park, the group behind an effort to build a science theatre, education, arts and music park in...

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

Durango transit faces money shortage

The Durango Transportation Department is facing a long-term funding problem, with no clear solution. Durango City Council told the department to spend savings to cover expenses in 2016, but the...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teeing off on new greens at Hillcrest Golf Club

A half-a-million dollars and 125,000 square feet of new turf are going to transform Hillcrest Golf Club by spring. “It should be more pleasing to the eye and more challenging,” said Jack Morrison,...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire district gets high marks

The Durango Fire Protection District announced some good news for those with fire insurance Wednesday. The department’s Insurance Service Office rating will improve to a 4 from a 5 out of 10 on...

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

Community college names dean

The new executive dean of Southwest Colorado Community College hopes to expand the school’s culinary arts program and fire academy. Tonya Nelson, a native of the Four Corners, started as the head...

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

Durango City Council adopts less-stringent ’09 energy codes

The Durango city councilors approved less-stringent energy codes for new buildings Tuesday, but they promised more austere rules would be coming in 2017. Most of the city’s codes for new...

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

Durango councilors face tough budget decisions

The Durango City Council heard pitches for funding Tuesday focused on tourism, energy efficiency and gardening. The board faced tough budget decisions for a few programs and considered new...

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

Egg shortage cracking wallets

Higher egg prices at local restaurants and grocery stores are here to stay for a while. An outbreak of avian flu in June triggered a massive culling of about 42 million egg-laying chickens and...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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