Position: Health & topics reporter

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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Some trails face closure

A passionate group of residents met with city officials Monday to discuss the future of many steep and eroding trails in the city’s open space. At the joint meeting between the Natural Lands and...

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

Restaurant snags pot customers

Got weed? Time to feed. Kassidy’s Kitchen in Bodo Industrial Park is capitalizing on new traffic to the first recreational marijuana shop in Durango, which also happens to be up the block from his...

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

Film night to celebrate open space

Vast ranches are a hallmark of the West, but many modern factors can make selling to developers ever more appealing. Local landowners will gather at the Durango Arts Center to tell their stories...

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

Parks and Rec proposes new maintenance building

The Durango Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a new $2 million maintenance building to replace the old structures at Greenmount Cemetery. If the Durango City Council approves the project...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Young fans, stay seated

Durango School District 9-R asked young fans to stay seated in the stands during Durango High School’s last football game Friday night. The district sent a note to parents last week asking them to...

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

Local parks all organic no longer?

Some parks may exit the city’s organic program because organic treatments have not been able to keep parks healthy. Durango City Council, during budget discussions Oct. 17, discussed removing...

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

County coffers healing

The La Plata County’s budget is looking healthier after struggling with declining revenue since 2010. Total budget spending is expected to expand from $63.7 million to $76.9 million in 2015, an...

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

Natural-gas bills are likely to drop

Atmos Energy customers will likely get a slight break on their winter bill, the company announced recently. The company will ask the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Oct. 29 to decrease...

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

Utility rates may rise

The Durango City Council identified possible major utility rate increases Tuesday that may be imposed to help fund needed infrastructure improvements. The city needs 55 percent more revenue to fund...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council backs water for Animas Air Park

The Durango City Council assured the Animas Air Park Property Association on Tuesday night that the city will build a water main in 2015 that the park’s businesses can use. The water main,...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City approves third pot shop

Durango officials approved Sante Alternative Wellness’ application to open today. This is the third recreational location to receive approval from the city since the moratorium on stores was lifted...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Insulation installer wins national award

A local insulation installer brought home second place and $5,000 in a national competition this past weekend. Ray Blackwater competed against 30 insulation installers from across the country at...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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