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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Plane crash still under investigation

Authorities on Monday were still investigating why a plane crashed last week on its way to Durango from the Austin, Texas, area. A man and woman believed to be from the Austin area died after their...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

If they come, where will they live?

With about 3 percent unemployment in La Plata County, it raises the question: If more people move from outside the area to work here, where will they live? “We’re running out of people who need a...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

4 injured in head-on near N.M. border

Four people were injured Thursday in a head-on collision that closed U.S. Highway 550 near the New Mexico border for 30 minutes. A Chevy Malibu hit a Ford F-150 eight miles from the New Mexico line...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowstorm smacks Durango

Durango began the New Year with a blanket of snow that created treacherous driving conditions Thursday. The heavy snowfall continued until about mid-afternoon. Durango recorded about 7 inches. An...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Post time for La Posta

The La Posta Road area, south of Durango, is an appealing area for business growth, but the cost is causing some business owners to pause. Not much room is left for development in Bodo Industrial...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

T-Mobile eyes improving Bayfield service

Cellphone service provider T-Mobile is looking to improve its service in Bayfield with a new tower to be built in the spring. The tower will go before the La Plata County Planning Commission on...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Web’s about to get faster

High-speed Internet, a staple in most cities, is coming to more La Plata County homes over the next three years. La Plata County Economic Development Alliance is working with an area company to...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mental-health counselors boost care for kids

Depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and temper tantrums are among issues that come to doctors at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest. But now they have on-site professional backup...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango buys 113 acres of open space

Merry Christmas, Durango: The city purchased another 113 acres of open space on Raider Ridge that will be protected in perpetuity. The city sealed the deal Tuesday for about $672,800, Durango Parks...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Safer route planned for Needham students

Durango will be making one of the routes to Needham Elementary School safer for students in the new year with the help of a major grant. The city received $292,000 through the federal Safe Routes...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

New trolley fare starts on Jan. 5

A trolley fare and lower transit pass rates for some students and nonprofits are rolling out with the new year. It will be $1 to ride the trolley starting Jan. 5; the trolley has previously been...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas costs align with U.S. average

Durango gas prices fell in line with the national trends this week, dropping to an average of $2.39 a gallon, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. The lowest prices can be found along Main Avenue,...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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