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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Crash kills 1 south of Cortez

A two-car crash closed U.S. Highway 160 between Road G and Road D in Montezuma County just south of Cortez around noon Sunday, killing one person. Five people were in the two cars, and the crash...

DATE: June 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new vision for Durango’s north Main Avenue

Better sidewalks, more greenery and bike lanes are all part of a new vision for north Main Avenue. The draft plan, which covers the avenue from 14th Street to Animas View Drive, was compiled by...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Main Avenue trees to light up

Main Avenue will sparkle year-round starting at the end of July. The city plans to wrap trees from Fifth Street to 12th Street with strings of LED lights and keep them lit three to five hours each...

DATE: June 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helicopter used in search of Animas

The search continued Friday for a 20-year-old man who went missing Thursday evening in the Animas River north of Tacoma. Crews in the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad helicopter searched...

DATE: June 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s water gets refresh

The water flowing from city taps should taste a bit better now that the city is phasing in a new treatment process. Rather than using chlorine tablets, the city is using a solution of chlorine and...

DATE: June 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightning ignites 2 trees east of Vallecito

Firefighters responded to reports of wispy smoke Thursday morning east of Vallecito Reservoir. The smoke was reported about 9 a.m. Columbine Ranger District firefighters hiked to the site, and they...

DATE: June 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The next step for Utes

Along Colorado Highway 172 just outside Ignacio, the new headquarters of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund stands as new evidence of the tribe’s success. Wednesday, the Growth Fund’s...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango city councilors discuss raises

Durango’s city councilors debated raising salaries for future councilors Tuesday. The councilors floated the idea of increasing salaries for councilors from $6,000 per year to about $10,000. The...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Powerhouse requests city funding

Leadership from the Powerhouse Science Center made a plea for city funding Tuesday in front of Durango City Council. Without annual operating funds from a public source, it would be difficult for...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Middle school to get bigger?

A potential expansion of Mountain Middle School is drawing the ire of some neighbors who have concerns about its impacts. But the city, normally the final say in questions of parking and building...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds grant local electric co-ops more control

A federal decision issued last week could give La Plata Electric Association more independence to purchase electricity from more green sources. In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community college dean to step down

Executive Dean of Southwest Colorado Community College Norm Jones announced Monday he will be leaving his post at the end of July. “I am proud to leave an outstanding team in place that is more...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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