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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Residents rush to register ADUs

The Durango Planning Department was flooded by registrations Tuesday to legalize secondary units in two historic neighborhoods. About 40 registrations have flowed in during the three days before...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plan for local vacation rentals will be appealed

A new fight over vacation rentals may be brewing after the Durango Planning Commission voted against allowing vacation rentals in Crimson Cliff Townhomes, a neighborhood on Animas View Drive. Mike...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County bears are waking up

The bears have woken, and they are likely sniffing around for bird feed, trash, food in cars and all other edible morsels. A young bear wandered up onto Karen Meyer’s deck at the Glacier Club this...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Area kids’ health is down a bit

The overall health of children in La Plata County has slipped slightly, according to recently released data from the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Compared with 25 other counties, La Plata County...

DATE: March 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A woman’s place

If you look through your wallet, you will find white men staring back from all the greenbacks and likely all the coins. A national campaign is working to change that by replacing Andrew Jackson on...

DATE: March 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Construction to begin at E. 2nd Ave. and 15th St.

The return of warm weather will allow Kennebec Construction to resume making improvements at the intersection of East Second Avenue and 15th Street on Monday. Work is being done with a $403,000...

DATE: March 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County controls its wildfire management

La Plata County officials will have a greater say in how major wildfires are managed now that a new agreement has been reached between the county and the state. The La Plata County Commissioners...

DATE: March 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Growing into a recreational business

A handful of marijuana grow facilities in La Plata County quietly have gotten into the recreational business in the last few months. County commissioners approved local marijuana regulations in...

DATE: March 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer-plant vote possible

The Durango City Council may ask voters in November to approve bonds to finance a major wastewater plant upgrade. City Manager Ron LeBlanc told the council it will be necessary to bring the project...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City adjusts county water rates

County residents who use city water could see their bills go down in the coming months, following a decision by Durango City Council on Tuesday. A water and sewer rate increase effective in January...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Southern Ute chairman honored

La Plata County commissioners honored Jimmy R. Newton Jr., a former chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, by commemoratively naming County Road 322 in his honor. Newton died March 31, 2014,...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commissioners support new terminal

The La Plata County commissioners approved pursuing a plan to build a new Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal on the east side of the runway Tuesday. By a unanimous vote, the commissioners...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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