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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County gives lukewarm forecast in annual address

Financial stability, infrastructure needs and long-range planning are some of the main goals for the La Plata County commissioners in 2015. Commissioner Julie Westendorff said Tuesday in her State...

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

King Coal promises to control trucks

Executives from a coal mine west of Durango presented plans Tuesday to mitigate traffic hazards caused by trucks serving the mine along County Road 120 and La Plata Highway (Colorado Highway 140)....

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

FLC works to increase enrollment

Fort Lewis College officials are working to boost enrollment after a substantial dip last fall. The school has signed a contract to do direct mailing, hired a new recruiter and started doing more...

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

Councilors ask for consistent accessory-unit laws

The Durango City Councilors would like rules for accessory dwelling units in East Animas City to be consistent with other areas of town. The Durango Planning Department is crafting rules that will...

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

Art show to benefit truancy prevention

So far this school year, not a single student in Durango School District 9-R has gone before a judge for being chronically absent. Students instead have been supported through in-school mentoring...

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

Forget to pay your parking ticket? You’re in luck

Durango’s Transit Department is offering those with overdue parking tickets an amnesty. Anyone with parking tickets issued before Oct. 24 will have a 30-day window to pay the original parking...

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

Animas City residents support ADUs

Durango officials are moving toward allowing Accessory Dwelling Units in the East Animas City neighborhood, but the rules for the units are still being developed. Residents and tenants who...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Airport changes get new estimate

Building a new Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal on the east side of the runway may be a little bit more affordable than previously thought, at least at first. The Durango-La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health agency dogged by high turnover

The possible extermination of cats at San Juan Basin Health Department has been at the center of a public controversy this month. The administration decided to hire an exterminator to get rid of...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

An angel in the Andes

When Fort Lewis College psychology professor Alane Brown joined the Peace Corps, she couldn’t pick a country or decide what programs to start. In the end, the professor created a tour to attract...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

911 center launches alert system

If you don’t have a home phone, local authorities can’t tell you about a wildfire encroaching on your home unless you tell them how to contact you. The Durango-La Plata Emergency Communications...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilors seek to keep half-cent tax

Maintaining and building trails, recreation facilities and parks takes cash, and the city is planning to ask for continued public funding in the spring. The Durango City Council voiced its...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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