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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Water conservation paying off

Durango’s daily water usage has dropped about 2.3 million gallons in the last two days in the wake of a massive release of mine wastewater into the Animas River. Thanks to local conservation...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

In north valley, irrigation companies work to keep Animas River pollution out

Many water users along the Animas River are without irrigation water, and some well users are on heightened alert for contamination after an estimated 1 million gallons of toxic mine spillage made...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Action to deal with Animas River contamination slow moving

The Animas River may have regained some of its translucence Saturday, but a complete picture of its toxicity remained murky three days after mustard-yellow mine waste filled the banks. The...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans to plug the Gold King Mine backfire

A million gallons of polluted water flowing down the Animas River started as a small trickle. The entrance to the Gold King Mine has long been collapsed, and the Environmental Protection Agency...

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

Hunting, fishing licenses in Colo. could cost more

Colorado Parks and Wildlife may need to increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses in order to pay for wildlife-management programs in the coming years. After steep cuts to wildlife-management...

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

Catastrophe on the Animas

Acidic wastewater from an abandoned mine above Silverton coursed its way through La Plata County on Thursday, turning the Animas River orange-brown, forcing the city of Durango to stop pumping raw...

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

Montezuma areas may get new protection

An effort to designate 32 areas as wilderness across Colorado was launched again in Washington on Wednesday. The Colorado Wilderness Act was introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, and it could...

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

City Council backs pay raises

Durango City Councilors elected in 2017 could get paid more. City councilors all voiced their support Tuesday for a raise that would increase councilors’ monthly pay from $500 to $867. The mayor’s...

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

Durango’s immigration enforcement clarified

The Durango city councilors clarified the city’s record on enforcing immigration law Tuesday. The councilors unanimously passed a resolution stating: The city is not, and has never been, a...

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

Wired for speed

Across the region, local governments have installed more Internet fiber and conduit than they need, but they aren’t allowed to share. In November, Durango, La Plata County and Archuleta County may...

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

County residents should pay more for water, study finds

La Plata County residents should pay double the rate Durango residents are charged for city water to maintain the infrastructure they use, an analysis by Wildan Financial Services found. The...

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

Durango City Council seeks to clarify sanctuary status

The Durango City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday to make it clear: The city is not and never has been a sanctuary city. “There is a huge amount of misunderstanding that needs to be...

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

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