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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Four candidates fight for two City Council seats

Four candidates are in the race for two Durango City Council seats. The deadline for entering the race passed Tuesday, and the ballot order was chosen Wednesday morning. First on the list will be...

DATE: March 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City to spend $300K to fix dam

City staff are in the process of repairing the city reservoir’s dam after they discovered a drain failure in December. The city was required to lower the water levels in Roger’s Reservoir for...

DATE: March 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public split on airport upgrade

Critics, fans and deep thinkers came Tuesday afternoon to voice their views concerning the Durango-La Plata County Airport expansion plans. The Durango city councilors and La Plata County...

DATE: March 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are smaller lots getting more rights?

Many more property owners may have the right to build accessory dwelling units in East Animas City thanks to a recent decision by the Durango Planning Commission. The commissioners unanimously...

DATE: March 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City evaluates three wastewater plant options

Alternative sites for the wastewater-treatment plant were outlined in depth for Durango city councilors Tuesday night. The Utilities Commission had suggested the sites for a while and asked they...

DATE: March 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utility commission questions sewer plan

The Durango Utilities Commission called into question whether the city has fully explored relocating the wastewater-treatment plant Monday night. Consultants estimated this fall the plant needed...

DATE: March 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Human waste taints Animas

Elevated levels of bacteria from human waste have been found in the Animas River at the Colorado and New Mexico border for the first time. Although E. coli pollution has been a problem in the...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dry and dusty

Years of drought and overgrazing have dried out the fields in southwestern La Plata County. Dust easily blows away in the wind. Last year, from March until May, dust storms caused problems for...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dylan Redwine’s mom: Father is responsible

The mother of Dylan Redwine has called for action in the high-profile investigation into the suspicious death of her son during a podcast. On the podcast “Case to Case with Chelsea Hoffman,” Elaine...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Major storm expected

For the second weekend in a row, Durango should prepare for snow. A foot may fall in Durango during a 24-hour period starting Friday night, said meteorologist Joe Ramey, with the National Weather...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

The sisters’ slap-shot society

After the sharp thunk of a hockey stick against the puck, the all-girls hockey team celebrated a goal against the boys team the other day. “Woo!,” yelled a team of girls 11 and younger. In hockey...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Financial pro enters City Council race

Sean Waddell promised Wednesday he would bring business sense to the Durango City Council if elected in April. Waddell, a Durango native, made his formal announcement at the Fort Lewis College...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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