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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EPA chief confirms Animas is recovering

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday confirmed what Colorado officials already knew, that readings of the Animas River show a return to pre-contamination conditions. Gina...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Move or remodel sewer plant?

Moving the sewer plant to a new site would cost tens of millions of dollars more than a remodel of the current plant in Santa Rita Park. After consultants presented an analysis of the two...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo president plans lawsuit over mine blowout

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye shared his outrage about the Gold King Mine blowout with Durangoans, and a day later, the tribe’s officials declared a state of emergency on Navajo lands....

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

No major species dieoffs from Animas River contamination a cause for optimism

If the pollution in the Animas River was a comet, the tail would be passing through the town of Durango now, said Aaron Kimple with Mountain Studies Institute. Like a comet, the 3 million gallons...

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

3 million, not 1 million, gallons of contaminated water rushed from mine, EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday tripled its estimate of how much contaminated water gushed out of Gold King Mine and slipped into the Animas River in Wednesday’s blowout – up to 3...

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

Building-code changes will encourage efficiency

New homes in Durango and La Plata County will be built to be more energy-efficient next year when local governments adopt new codes, but some say the updates don't go far enough. Both city and...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Mine pollution changed river chemistry

The million gallons of pollution slowly flowing down the Animas River since Wednesday has radically changed the acidity of the water over the past few days, EPA officials have found. On Saturday,...

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

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

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