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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New pot shop approved despite neighbors’ passionate pleas

A controversial retail marijuana shop was approved by the Local Licensing Authority on Tuesday after passionate comments from neighbors. Rocky Mountain High Recreational Center is slated to open...

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

FLC students brushing up on video skills

Staff members of the Fort Lewis College Independent are going to take their experience in video production to the national stage. Four students and practicum director Leslie Blood will travel to...

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

STEAM Park feasible

The potential STEAM (science, theatre, education, art and music) Park along the Animas River could boost Durango’s cultural allure, but it faces major hurdles. Consultants told the Durango City...

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

City Council race gains a candidate

Surrounded by supporters, Dave McHenry announced Monday he will be running for Durango City Council on the steps of the Smiley Building. He faces two incumbents Mayor Sweetie Marbury and Councilor...

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

Bridge to Nowhere to go places

Residents might need to give the Bridge to Nowhere a new nickname at the end of the year. Construction on Wilson Gulch Drive began at the end of January, and when it is finished, it will allow...

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

All quiet on city front

Despite the daunting list of local issues and millions in potential public projects, the Durango City Council elections are off to a slow start. Mayor Sweetie Marbury and Councilor Dick White have...

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

The skijoring game is on

It’s 15 crazy seconds. A rider on horseback travels about 30 miles an hour, pulling a skier over jumps. “It’s like waterskiing behind a horse,” Silverton’s Pete Maisel said. That’s skijoring....

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

Robbery suspect is back in jail

A Bayfield man accused of robbing a medical marijuana shop was taken into custody Thursday morning after a judge reset his bail. Logan Griffith, 19, was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Birds on the brain

Chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers flitting around outside your window all winter long are a small but important piece of bird populations that indicate changes in the environment. The Great...

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

City, county officials delay picking airport plan

Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners did not pick a plan for a new airport terminal Tuesday night opting instead to seek more public comment. The two boards have been...

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

Dick White outlines campaign promises

A small crowd cheered as Durango City Councilor Dick White officially announced his re-election campaign Tuesday afternoon. As he stood on the steps of the Strater Hotel, he highlighted how he had...

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

Lake Nighthorse construction likely this summer

Construction on some facilities at Lake Nighthorse could start this summer, after the Ute tribes expressed support for recreation. The letters of support will allow the Bureau of Reclamation to...

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

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