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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Thrift-store happiness doesn’t come cheap

The La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store has come under fire publicly this spring by critics who say management decisions have left the store with declining sales and fewer volunteers. ...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

How much is enough to make it?

How much money do you need to make in Colorado to survive without outside help? A new calculation of the cost of living shows it’s getting harder for families to meet their needs. On average,...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans floated to deal with water woes

As rain washed over the La Plata County on Thursday, bringing fears of flooding, county officials wrestled with how to address long-term water needs. “We’ve been fighting for years and years over...

DATE: June 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Board debates timing of river-trail extension

A northern extension of Animas River Trail could get started in 2016, if other trail projects are put on hold. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board debated Wednesday the merits of prioritizing...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cleaning groundwater at jail, Bayfield landfill will be costly

A La Plata County contractor is working to clean up limited groundwater contamination near a closed landfill in Bayfield and at the La Plata County jail. The contamination has been present for...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

If you rebuild it, they will come

Work began this week to fix the fields at the Smith Sports Complex. Workers with GreenOne, a subcontractor, started by tearing out the grass. Later this summer, they will screen out the rocks and...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boy Scouts rescued from ice near Ouray

The Ouray Mountain Rescue team rescued a group of 43 Boy Scouts and adults Wednesday from an ice field on Richmond Pass between Ouray and Silverton. The hikers from Arizona were stuck in deep snow...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango public transit ridership is down

Public transit in Durango and regionally are seeing lower ridership this year. In Durango, a new $1 fare for the trolley is playing a big role in lower numbers overall, said Amber Blake, the...

DATE: June 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voters favor airport sales tax

Funding for a new Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal would likely have a fighting chance if voters were asked in 2016 to raise sales taxes for the project, a poll released Tuesday showed. A...

DATE: June 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lands board: No illegal camps

A city advisory board took a strong stance against illegal camps on public lands Monday. “We don’t want to encourage people to migrate here. ... I don’t think we want to be famous for being a mecca...

DATE: June 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

DEVO executive director steps down

Durango DEVO, a local youth cycling group, is going to be looking for new leadership soon, now that the executive director has stepped down. Executive Director Amy Haggart will be transitioning...

DATE: June 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local economy a toss-up this year

Along Main Avenue, merchants are anticipating a bustling tourist season to match last year, but other sectors of the economy across La Plata County aren’t looking as healthy. Sales taxes in Durango...

DATE: June 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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