Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

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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Brookie takes mayor’s gavel

Sweetie Marbury passed the mayor’s gavel to Dean Brookie on Tuesday night. Housing and visioning plans for north Main Avenue topped Brookie’s list of priorities in his short address. “We can make...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, region join wildfire agreement

Durango City Councilors unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday that establishes a framework for local governments and fire districts to manage and share the cost of wildfires. “We’ll all be able...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Haze blowing in from Siberia and California

Smoke blown in from fires in California and Siberia created a lingering haze over the La Plata Mountains on Monday evening and into Tuesday. The jet stream can bring both smoke and storms from...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire damages Edgemont house

Fire damaged a house Tuesday afternoon in the Edgemont Ranch subdivision, a few miles northeast of Durango. The fire was reported about 2:50 p.m. at 223 El Diente Drive in the 5200 block of Florida...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioners support raises for county officials

La Plata County commissioners voiced support for pay increases for all elected county officials in a letter to state Sen. Ellen Roberts on Tuesday. The salaries for all nine elected county...

DATE: April 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County water in decline

Groundwater is on the decline in certain parts of La Plata County, and more infrastructure is needed to bring water to rural residents and business before they run out, according to the La Plata...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Santo Domingo Pueblo, N.M., native named Miss Hozhoni

Nicole Lovato had never competed in a pageant before, but she saw it as an opportunity to give back to the Native American community and Fort Lewis College as a whole. Lovato, a junior at Fort...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new vision for North Main

Crossing North Main Avenue can be treacherous for cyclists and pedestrians, but change could be coming in the next few years to help make the corridor safer and more vibrant. City staff members...

DATE: April 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Erosion may force trail closures

Trails at Overend Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain Park and Horse Gulch may be closed to help prevent erosion and other damage. A revised plan for trail closures and realignments was released...

DATE: April 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irwin spells White at library

Durango Public Library Director Andy White will be leaving his post after five years at the helm. City Manager Ron LeBlanc selected the library’s assistant director, Sandy Irwin, to replace White...

DATE: April 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

3rd Avenue paid parking is put in neutral

Starting a paid-parking program in the East Third Avenue area to help ease congestion would carry a high cost for residents and visitors, but right now, the program is on hold. After a presentation...

DATE: April 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News


Durango city councilors tackled plans for new wastewater-treatment plant and ordinances to prevent aggressive panhandling Tuesday. The councilors asked City Manager Ron LeBlanc to hire a consultant...

DATE: April 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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