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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A little TLC for this cemetery?

Tucked into the hillside below Fort Lewis College lies remnants of the Old West. Totally surrounded by modern development, honest pioneers and outlaws rest forever beneath crumbling monuments or in...

DATE: March 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council looks at tweaking water rates

The Durango City Council on Tuesday will consider tweaking city utility rates. The council approved the rate hikes last fall to help fund infrastructure improvements, and now the board will revisit...

DATE: March 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

LGBT group changes name

Four Corners Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Diversity, also known as 4CGLAD, now is simply Four Corners Alliance for Diversity. After 15 years under the same flag, the board felt it was time to...

DATE: March 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council candidates stake their positions

Candidates for Durango City Council addressed a series of controversial topics and worked to distinguish themselves from the competition Thursday night. The League of Women Voter’s forum at City...

DATE: March 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Walmart bus stop changing

The city bus stop at Walmart will move from the front of the building to a spot by the garden center on April 1. “It was really all about safety,” said Amber Blake, director of transportation and...

DATE: March 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Nordic Center closes for the season

Recent spring temperatures have turned the snowy trails at The Nordic Center at Purgatory to mud, forcing the center to close for the season Wednesday. There are no snowmaking machines at the...

DATE: March 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

State lawmakers urge opening of Lake Nighthorse

The argument for recreation at Lake Nighthorse has been raised again on the national stage. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; and Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, recently...

DATE: March 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas City gets thumbs-up for units

The Durango City Council decided to allow the potential for greater housing density in East Animas City by giving residents the right to build accessory dwelling units on smaller lots. The...

DATE: March 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Awaiting clearance for takeoff

All eyes are on La Plata County commissioners this week to make a recommendation, if any, for a proposed expansion to the Durango-La Plata County Airport. The Durango City Council passed a...

DATE: March 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot shop approved near AA chapter

A recreational marijuana shop was cleared to open in the same building as the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous on Tuesday afternoon. The Local Licensing Authority approved Telluride Bud Co. to...

DATE: March 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilors tackle housing questions

Residents came together to grill the Durango City Council candidates on housing and infrastructure Monday night. Candidates Dave McHenry, Sean Waddell, Councilor Dick White and Mayor Sweetie...

DATE: March 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot shop may share building with AA

A recreational marijuana shop may be allowed to open in the same building housing the local Alcoholics Anonymous Chapter after a hearing of the Local Licensing Authority on Tuesday. The conflict...

DATE: March 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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