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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Residents seek resolution to coal mine woes

Neighbors of a coal mine southwest of Hesperus have formed an advisory panel, and have been working for months to tackle concerns raised by the mine’s truck traffic and water consumption. The...

DATE: May 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit against district attorney dropped

A small claims lawsuit against District Attorney Todd Risberg accusing the chief prosecutor of smoking marijuana has been dropped. Trevor Peterson filed the lawsuit in April seeking $5,000,...

DATE: May 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless people motivate businesses to move benches

Benches are being shuffled around this spring on Main Avenue, in part, to help discourage panhandlers from loitering in front of businesses. Until recently, Durango law prevented anyone from...

DATE: May 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

From legal battle to the board of director’s ballot

A concerned member of the La Plata County Humane Society is now on the ballot to join the board after a legal fight. After Edith Balceris applied for a board position in February, Sue Spielman, the...

DATE: May 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council introduces panhandling laws

Two proposed city laws intended to limit panhandling have been scaled back. One law would prohibit anyone from standing in certain medians, and the other would prohibit aggressive panhandling. The...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

$1M OK’d for Fort Lewis fields

The Durango City Council approved spending almost $1 million Tuesday on work allowing the opening of the Smith Sports Complex at Fort Lewis College next year. The $4.4 million city complex has been...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Paving projects face a difficult budget

La Plata County’s web of roads – 650 miles worth – needs millions of dollars in maintenance and reconstruction, county officials were told Tuesday. Commissioners toured some of the worst sections...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango protects viewshed with purchase

The Durango City Council signed off on purchasing about a half-acre of hillside at the east end of Seventh Street on Tuesday. The 0.55 acre, also called the Walker parcel in city documents, does...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vacation rentals coming to Crimson Cliffs

Vacation rentals will be coming to a townhome development on Animas View Drive, after a contentious decision by Durango City Council Tuesday. The Durango Planning Commission previously denied an...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

More reports of elder abuse investigated

More stringent laws around reporting elder abuse and neglect are driving more serious reports to La Plata County Human Services. Up until last July, Colorado was one of only three states that...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local thrift store hires new director

A new director took over the La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store last week. Keith Dunning, who has been with the nonprofit for five years, replaced Karen Streeter, who left the...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless react to clichés

The recent furor around the need for new panhandling laws has left some in the homeless community feeling unfairly colored by prejudice. A few people leaving lunch at Manna Soup Kitchen on Thursday...

DATE: May 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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