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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Council unanimously votes to remodel sewer plant

The sewer plant will stay in Santa Rita Park. The Durango City Council unanimously approved, minutes before midnight on Tuesday, a resolution outlining the intent to remodel the sewer plant for...

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

City supports new mill levy tax increase

If La Plata County’s bid for higher property taxes wins voter approval, Durango’s streets department could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for 10 years. “We have to have an...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

How we make purchases is changing

Paying with a credit or debit card is changing, hopefully for the better. In the coming months, consumers will be receiving new cards with chips that will protect both the cardholder and...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Conference looks at ways to grow local economy

Professionals from all across the state are pouring into Durango this week to learn about developing a vibrant local economy. Nonprofit Downtown Colorado Inc. is hosting its annual conference in...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Liberty School receives go ahead

The Liberty School took a big step toward a new building on Western Avenue Tuesday. The Durango City Council approved Liberty Schools’ application for annexation, a special-use permit and new...

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

Durangoans bring spirit of aloha to life

Thousands of miles from Hawaii, Durangoans are practicing sacred Hawaiian hula and keeping the spirit of aloha alive. During its practice sessions, the group learns traditional dances that tell...

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

Sewer hurdles rising higher

The alternative site where the sewage-treatment plant could be rebuilt across from Mercury has some major flaws. The Durango Utilities Commission and members of the public pointed out some of the...

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

How does Durango get its water?

When the river ran orange with mine waste in August, city taps still flowed with clean, usable water. To make sure Durango will have drinking water in a future emergency and to serve eventual...

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

Durango airport sees dip in passengers

The number of people who boarded a plane at the Durango-La Plata County Airport in 2015 is down slightly so far compared with last year. Frontier Airlines’ departure from Durango is likely the...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Entrepreneur is Leader of the Year

John Wolgamott, a local entrepreneur, was recently named the Economic Development Leader of the Year by the Region 9 Economic Development District Board of Directors. Wolgamott was recognized...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

For animal scientist Temple Grandin, empathy triumphs

Temple Grandin, a renowned animal scientist, showed Fort Lewis College students Wednesday how her inventions help local slaughterhouse workers move animals from the trailer to the stunner. Grandin,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Open-space swap examined in Three Springs

Three acres in Three Springs, originally envisioned as open space swap, could be dedicated for an affordable-housing development instead. The small lot was set aside as wetlands, but it has dried...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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