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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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

Cars collide near Bondad Hill

Paramedics responded to a two-car crash near the intersection of County Road 310 and U.S. Highway 550 near Bondad Hill around 1 p.m. Monday. The driver of a pickup turned in front of a van that was...

DATE: April 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Courthouse remodel on the way

La Plata County’s building, planning and human services departments may be moving from the La County Courthouse to the Tech Center this year. The departments need to be relocated to make way for...

DATE: April 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Basics win vote

No single issue drove voters to support Councilor Dick White and Mayor Sweetie Marbury’s re-election Tuesday. Rather, the election turned on name recognition, campaign organization and the...

DATE: April 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parking proposal sparks criticism

A potential paid-parking program for the area around Third and Fourth avenues drew some skepticism and many questions Thursday evening at the Carnegie building in downtown Durango. About 75...

DATE: April 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plenty of water, not enough pipes

In the southwest corner of the state, there should be enough water to serve the population through 2050, but many new infrastructure projects will be needed to transport it. The same generally is...

DATE: April 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

White and Marbury return

Mayor Sweetie Marbury and Councilor Dick White won re-election to the Durango City Council on Tuesday night. The two incumbents closely defeated challengers Dave McHenry and Sean Waddell. Marbury...

DATE: April 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polls closed, public awaits election results

A wide variety of issues from housing to recreation motivated residents to cast ballots Tuesday, in the final hours of the city election. Voters were asked to choose between Mayor Sweetie Marbury,...

DATE: April 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sales tax will help fund parks and rec maintenance

The public came out in force to support a half-cent sales tax reauthorization to fund parks and recreation maintenance and new construction projects. The question passed with 69 percent majority:...

DATE: April 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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