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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Healthy Animas, healthy animals

Potentially, harmfully high levels of nutrients are flowing from the Florida River into the Animas River, and one project is hoping to make a dent in the problem. The Animas Watershed Partnership...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

More housing needed to temper cost

As more and more people have moved to Durango since 2000, housing demand and prices have continued to rise. But while rents and the price of homes have gotten more expensive, annual wages have not...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Free Wi-Fi? Where?

A local company is working to bring free wireless Internet to downtown Durango, and it already is available in a few places. SkyWerx, a Pagosa Springs-based company, is planning to provide the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Inn death determined to be suicide

A man found dead Sunday at Durango Downtown Inn died by suicide, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said. An autopsy found helium asphyxiation caused the death, she said. He rented a helium tank...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

New farm insurance set to roll out

New farm insurance programs put in place by the 2014 Farm Bill are replacing widely used plans. About 90 percent of the eligible farmers in Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties participated in...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal mine facing new regulations

La Plata County planning officials are considering leveling new regulations on the King II Coal Mine on County Road 120. The mine started operating in 2007, and at the time La Plata County...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water outage planned on College Drive

An 18-inch water line has cracked and will affect customers along College Drive. To repair the pipe, the city will be shutting off water to customers Thursday along College Drive, from East Eighth...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roundheaded beetle making gains

While the spruce bark beetle has infected thousands of acres in the San Juan National Forest, another beetle is making gains in a different part of the forest. The roundheaded pine beetle has...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

An epidemic bugs the forest

There are many pests, blights and diseases forest rangers monitor, but locally, spruce bark beetle has risen to the top of the list, munching through the landscape at an alarming rate. U.S. Forest...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fees for extra units reduced

Legalizing an accessory-dwelling unit got a little more straightforward and possibly cheaper for residents Tuesday night. The Durango City Council directed staff to make ADU fees more uniform,...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

No foul play suspected in hotel death

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 57-year-old Virginia man found Sunday at the Durango Downtown Inn by hotel staff. “We do not suspect foul play in anyway,” Durango police...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Winning the battle’

Marriage equality has been decades in the making for local same-sex couples, but when it came to Colorado in October, they met the news with surprise and excitement. The U.S. Supreme Court declined...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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