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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Durango city boards OK closure of illegal mountain-bike trails

Two city boards approved a plan Thursday to close illegal trails in local mountain parks, with a caveat the closures would coincide with the completion of alternative routes or new trails, when...

DATE: May 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service slashes hit home

Cuts to the San Juan National Forest budget are forcing officials to consider major changes to campgrounds, trails and other recreation sites. The Forest Service has seen the recreation budget for...

DATE: May 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City ponders its panhandling puzzle

Drafting new laws to limit panhandling is proving to be a challenge for Durango. The city stopped enforcing a law that prohibited loitering for purposes of begging last fall after it received a...

DATE: May 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango residents discuss north Main Ave. changes

Bike lanes, more medians and more stoplights could all help slow down traffic on north Main Avenue, according to consultants working for the city. A conceptual map of north Main, showing both...

DATE: May 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cleansing burns recommended in area

Some areas in the San Juan National Forest need fire to help clear out dense and dangerous areas, and forest officials are looking to let some lightning-sparked fires burn this summer. U.S. Forest...

DATE: May 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rep. Tipton pushes for clarity on grazing on national land

Bighorn sheep need protection from a highly contagious disease carried by domestic sheep. But the question, according to some lawmakers, is: How much? U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and about 40...

DATE: May 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Open house planned for north Main Avenue

Do you fear for your life crossing north Main Avenue? The city is looking to hear about the biggest problems along the avenue and some possible solutions at a Tuesday open-house meeting. Getting...

DATE: May 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Lake Nighthorse, senators see long road to recreation

Standing near the unused boat ramp at Lake Nighthorse on Friday, both Colorado senators heard about the progress toward recreation and the challenges that remain to be solved. The Animas-La Plata...

DATE: May 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local airport prepares for disaster

If a commercial plane crashed at the Durango-La Plata County Airport, local firefighters and law enforcement would be ready, but more first responders could aid the effort. A full-scale disaster...

DATE: April 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vaccination rules strengthened in Colorado

In Colorado, parents have been able to opt their children out of immunizations for nonmedical reasons with a single signature, leading to one of the highest rates of unvaccinated children...

DATE: April 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are you ready to pay for new airport?

The Durango city councilors and La Plata county commissioners are preparing to ask residents in May if they would raise taxes for a new airport terminal before putting it on the ballot. A ballot...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds lower fluoride levels

The federal government Monday lowered the recommended amount of fluoride that should be added to tap water. But some skeptics say the risks of fluoride do not justify adding it to the water in the...

DATE: April 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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