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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County budget faces long-term shortfalls

La Plata County’s budget will face serious budget shortfalls in the next ten years without a property or sales tax increase. The budget has been largely supported by tax revenues from natural gas,...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bus route changes planned

Durango Transit system will change its evening and Saturday routes in 2015 to serve different areas. Saturday service will be going from 30-minute service to hourly service, a move that should...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Making it snow at Purgatory

PURGATORY – For about three weeks, snow guns have been blowing powder across the runs at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort building a base to last into spring. About 16 inches of natural snow...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer, water rates to rise

After no public comment about significant proposed increases in water and sewer rates, Durango city councilors agreed Tuesday to proceed with city ordinances to up the charges. The average...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Debate starts on accessory units in Animas City

Value systems clashed at a meeting Monday on whether to allow accessory dwelling units in East Animas City. It was the first meeting in a public process that will last through March 31, 2015, and...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City water finally reaching out to Palo Verde

Construction of a water main to serve the Palo Verde subdivision wrapped up Friday, bringing the area closer to the water service it has sought since 2004. Nearing the end of a decade-long effort...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

How good of an idea will STEAM Park be?

A third party is going to take a hard look at the Science, Theatre, Education, Arts and Music Park – or STEAM Park – proposed near downtown Durango to see if can be more than just a good idea. A...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

STEAM Park proponents want piece of sales tax pie

Organizers of the proposed Science, Theatre, Education, Art and Music Park have asked the city to consider including a phrase in a sales tax ballot measure that would specifically target arts and...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Repairs reboot airport

Durango-La Plata County Airport lacks federal certification to use a backup system that would have prevented delays for hundreds of passengers this week. A broken visibility sensor led to 17...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oxbow bird study shows wide diversity

Rufous hummingbirds, yellow-rumped warblers and Western wood-pewees are just a small sampling of the 84 species the Durango Bird Club has spotted in the Oxbow Preserve this year. In addition to the...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

It’s not the end for two libraries

The La Plata County Commissioners responded to public concern about the fate of two county libraries Wednesday, and announced they will be fully funded. During a budget meeting, Paris Kindall, a...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Agency pitches plan to boost deer

Bringing back the mule deer population across the Western Slope will require habitat management, highway crossings and reducing hunting licenses. The mule deer numbers are in decline in Western...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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