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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Silverton is calling for federal funding

Local officials in Silverton are urging Congress to provide funding to address the long-term acid mine drainage from the many mines above the town. But they aren’t necessarily looking for Superfund...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Liberty School clears hurdle to build

The Liberty School, a private institution, took an important step Monday toward a new building on Western Avenue. The Durango Planning Commission decided to approve the necessary annexation, new...

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

3 taken to Mercy Hospital after rollover

Alcohol is suspected in a rollover crash that injured three men Sunday night on Missionary Ridge Road. Charges are pending against the driver, Thomas Lile of Durango, who is suspected of drunken...

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

State of the skate

As skaters defy gravity in the bowls at the Durango Skate Park, during competitions every other week, crowds cheer and their fellow skaters pound their boards on the cement. “They are all...

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

Separate fires damage 2 homes in Vallecito, Bayfield

Two house fires left residents displaced Sunday. A water heater likely caused two explosions and a fire that seriously damaged a log cabin on County Road 501 near Vallecito in the afternoon, said...

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

Sex offender pleads guilty

A Bayfield man admitted guilt in a plea agreement to four charges in a sexual assault case Thursday, just before he was arrested again to await more possible charges. Bryan Tyner, 39, agreed to...

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

Commissioners OK jail-sharing agreement

Archuleta County inmates are here to stay, at least until a new jail is built to house them. An April rainstorm flooded the Archuleta County jail and sheriff’s office and seriously damaged the...

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

Shots fired in Durango trailer park off 160

An unknown person fired bullets into two homes Tuesday in a small trailer park adjacent to the Westside Mobile Park in west Durango off U.S. Highway 160. Witnesses told law-enforcement officers...

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

Western fires make a haze of local skies

A small fire is burning between Pagosa Springs and Bayfield, but fires in the Pacific Northwest are the source of the haze blurring the usually sharp silhouette of the San Juan Mountains. Locally,...

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

Durangoan Kelsey McLean killed in Montana car crash

A 23-year-old Durango woman died in a head-on car accident Monday afternoon in Montana. Kelsey McLean was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound on Montana Highway 64 when she crossed the center...

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

Sewer-plant decision goes to the public

Durango’s wastewater-treatment plant may be destined to stay in Santa Rita Park, but some residents question whether the city has looked hard enough for an alternative location. The Durango City...

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

City Councilors approve raises

Future Durango City Councilors will be earning a bit more, thanks to the current crew. The councilors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday granting councilors a raise to $867 per month in...

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

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