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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Grandfather upset about handling of alleged assault

The 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is evaluating the case of an Ignacio High School gym teacher who is accused of physically assaulting one of his 15-year-old students Tuesday. The...

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

Officials explore Superfund solution

The road to a Superfund designation can be long, local officials learned from Environmental Protection Agency representatives on Thursday. EPA officials came to Durango to talk with the Durango...

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

Filling your gas tank getting cheaper

Just in time for the holiday weekend, gas prices are set to fall and keep falling. The national average could fall below $2 a gallon by Christmas, according to a statement from AAA. Durango’s...

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

Council OKs ballot question for sewer funds

The wastewater-treatment plant in Santa Rita Park could require major upgrades at its current location to meet state regulations, no mater what the Durango City Council decides about the plant’s...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer-plant question headed to voters

Voters will be asked to approve spending $68 million on a new sewer-plant project in November, and the city is going to continue to explore whether to move or remodel the plant. The Durango City...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Food trucks get no slack in Durango

Food trucks have blossomed as an industry in some big cities, but regulations in Durango have made it tough for entrepreneurs to find traction. Unlike other cities, the trucks in Durango can’t...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer plant proves vexing

The message from the Utilities Commission on Monday on finding a spot to locate a new sewer plant was mixed, and ultimately the commission didn’t give the Durango City Council any direction. City...

DATE: Aug. 31, 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: Aug. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

With deadline looming, no site selected for sewer plant

Durango city councilors plan to finalize ballot language Tuesday that will ask voters in November to approve spending $68 million on moving the sewer plant, but councilors haven’t decided where to...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Marijuana growing and infusing firms may sprout up in town

The opportunity to open a marijuana grow or marijuana-infused product factory could be coming to Durango. The Durango City Council asked city planners to continue to research where these businesses...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Zoning question persists in condominium debate

The condo loophole is closed, but, for some, the potential for a condo next door remains. Several concerned neighbors questioned city planners Tuesday about the small areas zoned multifamily in...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

We’re a fledgling startup culture

Startups can be a driving force in a healthy economy, and some of the youngest local entrepreneurs took the stage recently to pitch their products. Three recent companies that graduated from the...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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