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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No-cash bonds causing problems

Far more people across Colorado are being released without a cash bond, and in La Plata County, it has given rise to a increasing number of people violating conditions of their bonds. A recent...

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

Can you ever have too many parks?

The needs of the biking, skateboarding and tennis communities were presented Wednesday at the Durango Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. The board did not make any decisions, but it will...

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

Vacation-rental parking rules left in neutral

Parking regulations as they apply to vacation rentals will remain in place to help protect neighbors, Durango City Council has decided. But some argue the regulations make it tough for...

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

Linking Silverton to the Internet gets rekindled

Plans to bring faster Internet to Silverton are decades old, but residents are hopeful a long-anticipated fiber project can be finished this fall. Crews working for CenturyLink are laying fiber...

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

Water systems need TLC

The city’s pumps, pipes, valves and other pieces of water infrastructure need $4 million worth of upgrades. While it is not likely all the projects will make the city’s 2016 budget, Utilities...

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

City buildings could be costly

New city buildings are estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars, but there is no clear source to fund any of the construction projects. Levi Lloyd, director of city operations, presented some...

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

Subway closes Main Ave. store

The Subway near the corner of Main Avenue and 10th Street closed Aug. 31 and it will not be reopening. Franchise owner Michael Cobb declined to say why his restaurant was closing. This brings the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Hay production is up, prices are down

A wet spring and early summer has given rise to an abundant hay crop for local farmers and lower prices for their product regionally. Those raising hay for horses and beef cattle have seen prices...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Beer with character

Dave Thibodeau admits he wasn’t a model student in high school. He liked to party. So did his friend Bill Graham. And after Thibodeau, at age 17, stumbled across his dad’s Brew Book, the duo teamed...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington man dies in motorcycle crash

The investigation is underway into a car accident that killed a Farmington man Sunday on U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. Michael Jakino, 64, was killed after the driver of a pickup crossed the...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

5 die in plane crash near Cascade Creek

Five people died in a plane crash Sunday north of Purgatory Resort, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The plane wreckage was found at the upper limits of Cascade Creek on the...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is wild food calling?

A wet spring and early summer giving rise to acorns and berries could make for fewer bears heading for neighborhood trash cans this fall. So far, that seems to be the trend. “We haven’t had too...

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

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