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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.

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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Ground breaking set for new inn

Crews could start construction on a new motel near Mercury and the Durango Mall by mid-July. The final public hearing for the La Quinta Inn and Suites at Mercury Village is scheduled June 15. But a...

DATE: June 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Panhandling rules pass

The Durango City Council approved two laws addressing panhandling Tuesday, giving the Durango Police Department the authority to start enforcing them in the middle of June. All three councilors in...

DATE: June 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County poll: Safety needs spur support for tax hikes

Safety could be the most compelling argument for a countywide property-tax increase to fund roads and bridges. But the campaign for a tax could be derailed if the infrastructure goals for the new...

DATE: June 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Where you grow up matters

Children from low-income families who grow up in La Plata County are likely to have more prosperous futures ahead of them than many of their peers across the country, according to an April...

DATE: May 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elk market elevates

As the morning sun was drying the fields near Mancos, a bull elk stared down at the headquarters of the Schultz Elk and Cattle Ranch just west of the La Plata County line. Normally, he would come...

DATE: May 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River Trail will march toward Three Springs

The city is starting design work and construction on trail sections that will link the Animas River Trail to Three Springs this summer. “It’s a key connection in terms of transportation and...

DATE: May 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County tax increase receives support

A majority of residents support a property-tax increase for roads and bridges, pollsters told La Plata County commissioners. About 60 percent of respondents supported a tax-increase proposal that...

DATE: May 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents seek resolution to coal mine woes

Neighbors of a coal mine southwest of Hesperus have formed an advisory panel, and have been working for months to tackle concerns raised by the mine’s truck traffic and water consumption. The...

DATE: May 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit against district attorney dropped

A small claims lawsuit against District Attorney Todd Risberg accusing the chief prosecutor of smoking marijuana has been dropped. Trevor Peterson filed the lawsuit in April seeking $5,000,...

DATE: May 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless people motivate businesses to move benches

Benches are being shuffled around this spring on Main Avenue, in part, to help discourage panhandlers from loitering in front of businesses. Until recently, Durango law prevented anyone from...

DATE: May 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

From legal battle to the board of director’s ballot

A concerned member of the La Plata County Humane Society is now on the ballot to join the board after a legal fight. After Edith Balceris applied for a board position in February, Sue Spielman, the...

DATE: May 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council introduces panhandling laws

Two proposed city laws intended to limit panhandling have been scaled back. One law would prohibit anyone from standing in certain medians, and the other would prohibit aggressive panhandling. The...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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