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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A beefed-up market

The price of hamburgers for summer picnics, barbecued brisket and steaks have been climbing for years, but customers don’t seem to be reaching for chicken. High demand, high prices and spring rain...

DATE: May 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Discovery of clay in pipes prompts erosion worries

Crews still are investigating a possible problem with a drain in the city reservoir after they found initial signs of a problem this winter. The Durango City Council set aside $300,000 for repairs...

DATE: May 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis complex work may begin soon

Remediation work on the Smith Sports Complex at Fort Lewis College could start in June, now that a financial agreement has been reached between the city and FCI Constructors, the contractor that...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Off-leash program won’t take off in Durango

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board decided not to launch a pilot program for owners to exercise their dogs off-leash in Fanto and Jenkins Ranch parks after surveying residents. Opponents to...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas-revenue predictions bleak in 2017

Gas and oil tax revenue in La Plata County will likely fall in 2017 as a result of current declining production and low prices. County Assessor Craig Larson warned La Plata County Commissioners on...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango considers revised pot ordinance

It might be OK to carry marijuana into a city building, but it could be dangerous to grow it in a condo. These were some of the thoughts from the Durango City Council on Tuesday on the first draft...

DATE: May 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Infrastructure needs addressed

The Durango City Council took steps toward a new wastewater-treatment plant, better drainage and paved alleys Tuesday. The councilors voted to approve spending $65,600 on a study of two alternative...

DATE: May 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioners stand against fed-land swaps

La Plata County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday to encourage keeping current federal public lands under federal ownership. Advocates from a variety of conservation groups –...

DATE: May 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

May showers bring green spring so far

Rain, mud and green hillsides have signaled spring for the local drought-plagued region. May rain has brought the area’s precipitation for the year up to 5.7 inches, which is a little bit more than...

DATE: May 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County inmates to stay in La Plata County jail

Inmates from Archuleta County will continue to be housed at the La Plata County jail for the foreseeable future after a flood at the Archuleta County Courthouse and jail two weeks ago. The flood...

DATE: May 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water rates to rise this summer

Gardeners need to be ready to pay more for their lawns, vegetables and flowers this summer in Durango. The water-rate increases approved last year by the Durango City Council included a summer...

DATE: May 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rocky soil stymies Smith Sports Complex

The $4.4 million Smith Sports Complex at Fort Lewis College will remain closed for the third consecutive summer. To the casual observer, including the fields’ namesake, Duane Smith, the fields...

DATE: May 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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