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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Area kids’ health is down a bit

The overall health of children in La Plata County has slipped slightly, according to recently released data from the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Compared with 25 other counties, La Plata County...

DATE: March 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A woman’s place

If you look through your wallet, you will find white men staring back from all the greenbacks and likely all the coins. A national campaign is working to change that by replacing Andrew Jackson on...

DATE: March 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Construction to begin at E. 2nd Ave. and 15th St.

The return of warm weather will allow Kennebec Construction to resume making improvements at the intersection of East Second Avenue and 15th Street on Monday. Work is being done with a $403,000...

DATE: March 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County controls its wildfire management

La Plata County officials will have a greater say in how major wildfires are managed now that a new agreement has been reached between the county and the state. The La Plata County Commissioners...

DATE: March 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Growing into a recreational business

A handful of marijuana grow facilities in La Plata County quietly have gotten into the recreational business in the last few months. County commissioners approved local marijuana regulations in...

DATE: March 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer-plant vote possible

The Durango City Council may ask voters in November to approve bonds to finance a major wastewater plant upgrade. City Manager Ron LeBlanc told the council it will be necessary to bring the project...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City adjusts county water rates

County residents who use city water could see their bills go down in the coming months, following a decision by Durango City Council on Tuesday. A water and sewer rate increase effective in January...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Southern Ute chairman honored

La Plata County commissioners honored Jimmy R. Newton Jr., a former chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, by commemoratively naming County Road 322 in his honor. Newton died March 31, 2014,...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commissioners support new terminal

The La Plata County commissioners approved pursuing a plan to build a new Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal on the east side of the runway Tuesday. By a unanimous vote, the commissioners...

DATE: March 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A little TLC for this cemetery?

Tucked into the hillside below Fort Lewis College lies remnants of the Old West. Totally surrounded by modern development, honest pioneers and outlaws rest forever beneath crumbling monuments or in...

DATE: March 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council looks at tweaking water rates

The Durango City Council on Tuesday will consider tweaking city utility rates. The council approved the rate hikes last fall to help fund infrastructure improvements, and now the board will revisit...

DATE: March 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

LGBT group changes name

Four Corners Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Diversity, also known as 4CGLAD, now is simply Four Corners Alliance for Diversity. After 15 years under the same flag, the board felt it was time to...

DATE: March 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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