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 leaders take office

New county officials took the first step toward bringing their campaign promises to life by taking the oath of office Tuesday morning at the La Plata County Courthouse. Before taking the helm, the...

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

Birds at heart of city study

At Oxbow Preserve, it won’t be all about the birds next year. In addition to funding a bird study, the city also will gather baseline data about the surrounding human activities – including...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Airport had busy Christmas season

The Durango-La Plata County Airport had a busier Christmas season in 2014 than it did in 2013. The number of people boarding a plane increased about 12.25 percent from 13,841 to 15,537, according...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schirard’s mixed history

Sheriff Duke Schirard will exit office Monday after 20 years at the helm, leaving behind a debatable legacy. His department can boast a record of solid police work over the years, but he soundly...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can you make it past a week?

If you’ve kept your New Year’s resolution through the first week, you’re already in a select group. Only 45 percent of Americans usually make resolutions, and only 3 out of 4 people within that...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flooding cancels classes Thursday at Big Picture

Big Picture High School and The Liberty School will be closed at least through Thursday after flooding on the north side of the building. A main drain pipe got blocked, causing many drainage pipes...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver uses ‘handgun’ in Durango

Road rage descended into a temper tantrum complete with pretend guns Tuesday afternoon along South Camino del Rio. The incident began when one driver was cut off near Walmart. “They were...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

City reconsiders its door-to-door solicitation law

The Durango City Council is planning to legalize commercial door-to-door solicitation in town this winter because an outright ban on it may be unconstitutional, according to city officials. A...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s councilors back tribe’s water request

The Durango City Council signed a resolution Tuesday supporting the delivery of water from Lake Nighthorse to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. “This water would really help our future,” Chairman Manuel...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Major water-pipe construction planned

In addition to planning for new water- and sewer-treatment plants, the city of Durango is preparing to tackle major water main projects this year. The city will be building a new water main over...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plane crash still under investigation

Authorities on Monday were still investigating why a plane crashed last week on its way to Durango from the Austin, Texas, area. A man and woman believed to be from the Austin area died after their...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

If they come, where will they live?

With about 3 percent unemployment in La Plata County, it raises the question: If more people move from outside the area to work here, where will they live? “We’re running out of people who need a...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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