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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Cast your ballots today

There’s still time to cast your ballot and help make a few big decisions before the city election ends Tuesday. As of Monday, about 28 percent of eligible voters, or about 2,900 people, had mailed...

DATE: April 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Build new waste plant? Or remodel?

The Durango Utilities Commission and members of the city’s utility department staff clashed Monday over the planning process for a new wastewater treatment plant. Board member Dick Reitz called on...

DATE: April 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Big decisions are in the hands of a few

On Tuesday, election judges will tally votes for Durango City Council candidates and a tax measure. In the end, a relatively small number of people – in a fairly narrow demographic – will have...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A push for permit parking

Residents on East Third and East Fourth avenues and nearby side streets are looking for a solution to ease parking congestion. To address the ongoing problem, Boulevard Neighborhood Association...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A failure to launch

On paper, the boat dock, trails and other amenities that would fulfill common dreams for Lake Nighthorse have support from all the groups that govern the area. But questions about maintaining water...

DATE: April 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The future of agriculture appears dry

In a region facing a growing population and extended periods of drought, a record number of people gathered Friday to discuss future water needs at the Southwestern Water Conservation District’s...

DATE: April 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County tightens driveway standards

All new homes in unincorporated La Plata County now will have smoother and wider driveways after new standards took effect April 1. Anyone with construction plans for a new home in the county now...

DATE: April 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River feature debated for better or worse

Work on the Animas River directly upstream from the Main Street bridge is needed to stabilize the banks and the trees, and it may include a new river feature. The Animas River Task Force, a group...

DATE: April 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Closure of Animas River Trail is scheduled

The city of Durango will close the Animas River Trail near the La Plata County Humane Society starting Thursday for several days. A detour will route trail users around the construction zone on...

DATE: April 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents rush to register ADUs

The Durango Planning Department was flooded by registrations Tuesday to legalize secondary units in two historic neighborhoods. About 40 registrations have flowed in during the three days before...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plan for local vacation rentals will be appealed

A new fight over vacation rentals may be brewing after the Durango Planning Commission voted against allowing vacation rentals in Crimson Cliff Townhomes, a neighborhood on Animas View Drive. Mike...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County bears are waking up

The bears have woken, and they are likely sniffing around for bird feed, trash, food in cars and all other edible morsels. A young bear wandered up onto Karen Meyer’s deck at the Glacier Club this...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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