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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Board debates timing of river-trail extension

A northern extension of Animas River Trail could get started in 2016, if other trail projects are put on hold. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board debated Wednesday the merits of prioritizing...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cleaning groundwater at jail, Bayfield landfill will be costly

A La Plata County contractor is working to clean up limited groundwater contamination near a closed landfill in Bayfield and at the La Plata County jail. The contamination has been present for...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

If you rebuild it, they will come

Work began this week to fix the fields at the Smith Sports Complex. Workers with GreenOne, a subcontractor, started by tearing out the grass. Later this summer, they will screen out the rocks and...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boy Scouts rescued from ice near Ouray

The Ouray Mountain Rescue team rescued a group of 43 Boy Scouts and adults Wednesday from an ice field on Richmond Pass between Ouray and Silverton. The hikers from Arizona were stuck in deep snow...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango public transit ridership is down

Public transit in Durango and regionally are seeing lower ridership this year. In Durango, a new $1 fare for the trolley is playing a big role in lower numbers overall, said Amber Blake, the...

DATE: June 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voters favor airport sales tax

Funding for a new Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal would likely have a fighting chance if voters were asked in 2016 to raise sales taxes for the project, a poll released Tuesday showed. A...

DATE: June 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lands board: No illegal camps

A city advisory board took a strong stance against illegal camps on public lands Monday. “We don’t want to encourage people to migrate here. ... I don’t think we want to be famous for being a mecca...

DATE: June 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

DEVO executive director steps down

Durango DEVO, a local youth cycling group, is going to be looking for new leadership soon, now that the executive director has stepped down. Executive Director Amy Haggart will be transitioning...

DATE: June 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local economy a toss-up this year

Along Main Avenue, merchants are anticipating a bustling tourist season to match last year, but other sectors of the economy across La Plata County aren’t looking as healthy. Sales taxes in Durango...

DATE: June 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rinderle to lead state board

Durango City Councilor Christina Rinderle will be sworn in as president of the Colorado Municipal League’s Executive Board later this month. “It will be an absolute honor to be the President of...

DATE: June 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Infrastructure examined in county comp plan

The new La Plata County Comprehensive Plan could lay out general guidance for many aspects of infrastructure lacking in the current plan. The 2001 version of the plan addressed only...

DATE: June 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helping a surgeon’s hand

Mistakes are usually not encouraged in school, but as Animas High School students took turns using a robotic arm to grind away the surface of a model knee joint, surgeons encouraged them to take...

DATE: June 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Health

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