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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Commissioners stand against fed-land swaps

La Plata County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday to encourage keeping current federal public lands under federal ownership. Advocates from a variety of conservation groups –...

DATE: May 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

May showers bring green spring so far

Rain, mud and green hillsides have signaled spring for the local drought-plagued region. May rain has brought the area’s precipitation for the year up to 5.7 inches, which is a little bit more than...

DATE: May 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County inmates to stay in La Plata County jail

Inmates from Archuleta County will continue to be housed at the La Plata County jail for the foreseeable future after a flood at the Archuleta County Courthouse and jail two weeks ago. The flood...

DATE: May 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water rates to rise this summer

Gardeners need to be ready to pay more for their lawns, vegetables and flowers this summer in Durango. The water-rate increases approved last year by the Durango City Council included a summer...

DATE: May 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rocky soil stymies Smith Sports Complex

The $4.4 million Smith Sports Complex at Fort Lewis College will remain closed for the third consecutive summer. To the casual observer, including the fields’ namesake, Duane Smith, the fields...

DATE: May 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango city boards OK closure of illegal mountain-bike trails

Two city boards approved a plan Thursday to close illegal trails in local mountain parks, with a caveat the closures would coincide with the completion of alternative routes or new trails, when...

DATE: May 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service slashes hit home

Cuts to the San Juan National Forest budget are forcing officials to consider major changes to campgrounds, trails and other recreation sites. The Forest Service has seen the recreation budget for...

DATE: May 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City ponders its panhandling puzzle

Drafting new laws to limit panhandling is proving to be a challenge for Durango. The city stopped enforcing a law that prohibited loitering for purposes of begging last fall after it received a...

DATE: May 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango residents discuss north Main Ave. changes

Bike lanes, more medians and more stoplights could all help slow down traffic on north Main Avenue, according to consultants working for the city. A conceptual map of north Main, showing both...

DATE: May 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cleansing burns recommended in area

Some areas in the San Juan National Forest need fire to help clear out dense and dangerous areas, and forest officials are looking to let some lightning-sparked fires burn this summer. U.S. Forest...

DATE: May 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rep. Tipton pushes for clarity on grazing on national land

Bighorn sheep need protection from a highly contagious disease carried by domestic sheep. But the question, according to some lawmakers, is: How much? U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and about 40...

DATE: May 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Open house planned for north Main Avenue

Do you fear for your life crossing north Main Avenue? The city is looking to hear about the biggest problems along the avenue and some possible solutions at a Tuesday open-house meeting. Getting...

DATE: May 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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