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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County water in decline

Groundwater is on the decline in certain parts of La Plata County, and more infrastructure is needed to bring water to rural residents and business before they run out, according to the La Plata...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Santo Domingo Pueblo, N.M., native named Miss Hozhoni

Nicole Lovato had never competed in a pageant before, but she saw it as an opportunity to give back to the Native American community and Fort Lewis College as a whole. Lovato, a junior at Fort...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new vision for North Main

Crossing North Main Avenue can be treacherous for cyclists and pedestrians, but change could be coming in the next few years to help make the corridor safer and more vibrant. City staff members...

DATE: April 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Erosion may force trail closures

Trails at Overend Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain Park and Horse Gulch may be closed to help prevent erosion and other damage. A revised plan for trail closures and realignments was released...

DATE: April 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irwin spells White at library

Durango Public Library Director Andy White will be leaving his post after five years at the helm. City Manager Ron LeBlanc selected the library’s assistant director, Sandy Irwin, to replace White...

DATE: April 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

3rd Avenue paid parking is put in neutral

Starting a paid-parking program in the East Third Avenue area to help ease congestion would carry a high cost for residents and visitors, but right now, the program is on hold. After a presentation...

DATE: April 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News


Durango city councilors tackled plans for new wastewater-treatment plant and ordinances to prevent aggressive panhandling Tuesday. The councilors asked City Manager Ron LeBlanc to hire a consultant...

DATE: April 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cars collide near Bondad Hill

Paramedics responded to a two-car crash near the intersection of County Road 310 and U.S. Highway 550 near Bondad Hill around 1 p.m. Monday. The driver of a pickup turned in front of a van that was...

DATE: April 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Courthouse remodel on the way

La Plata County’s building, planning and human services departments may be moving from the La County Courthouse to the Tech Center this year. The departments need to be relocated to make way for...

DATE: April 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Basics win vote

No single issue drove voters to support Councilor Dick White and Mayor Sweetie Marbury’s re-election Tuesday. Rather, the election turned on name recognition, campaign organization and the...

DATE: April 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parking proposal sparks criticism

A potential paid-parking program for the area around Third and Fourth avenues drew some skepticism and many questions Thursday evening at the Carnegie building in downtown Durango. About 75...

DATE: April 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plenty of water, not enough pipes

In the southwest corner of the state, there should be enough water to serve the population through 2050, but many new infrastructure projects will be needed to transport it. The same generally is...

DATE: April 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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