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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Summer mine mitigation planned

Cleanup efforts at a few Silverton mines are scheduled to get underway this summer, and there is a local push for federal legislation that would allow for more. Defunct Silverton mines are oozing...

DATE: June 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Taking to the air

Collies, retrievers and shepherds took to the air Friday in the first day of a national DockDogs competition at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Some dogs, such as Trouble, an 18-month-old Dutch...

DATE: June 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Radon is on county’s radar

Some essential pieces of a radon-mitigation system could be built into every new home when the new county building codes are approved. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas released by decaying...

DATE: June 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds to focus on oil, gas concerns

Federal officials are going to spend more time planning for potential oil and gas development in western La Plata and eastern Montezuma counties this year and next. A resource-management plan filed...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service fire team moving

The Columbine Ranger District’s firefighting crew is moving to a building on the north end of Vallecito Reservoir, likely for the next three to five years. The district is making the change because...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New airport plans on schedule

Work on a new terminal for the Durango-La Plata County Airport is moving forward, even though elected officials recently decided any potential vote on funding its construction is not likely to...

DATE: June 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Robot revolution

At Fort Lewis College, a robot can find the coffee shop, without GPS directions. While a coffee-bot might sound like your new best friend, it’s just practice for engineering students, who programed...

DATE: June 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City lands $1M for sewer design

The Durango City Council accepted a $1 million grant Monday for the engineering and design of a new sewer plant. The grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs can be used if the council...

DATE: June 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New county administration building opens

Sunlight streamed across the board room Monday as La Plata County commissioners tested their new monitors and sound system. “I am just really pleased. It’s functional. It’s bright. It’s an...

DATE: June 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thrift-store happiness doesn’t come cheap

The La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store has come under fire publicly this spring by critics who say management decisions have left the store with declining sales and fewer volunteers. ...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

How much is enough to make it?

How much money do you need to make in Colorado to survive without outside help? A new calculation of the cost of living shows it’s getting harder for families to meet their needs. On average,...

DATE: June 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans floated to deal with water woes

As rain washed over the La Plata County on Thursday, bringing fears of flooding, county officials wrestled with how to address long-term water needs. “We’ve been fighting for years and years over...

DATE: June 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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