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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Tax-exempt lands secure funding

After last year’s uncertainty, La Plata County officials now can rest easy knowing federal funds that make up for tax-exempt public lands will arrive. The Payments in Lieu of Taxes, also known as...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water rates to double for people in county

When new utility-rate hikes kick in this January, county residents will pay double for city water compared with their city neighbors. “We’re all part of the system, and we’ll all be pitching in. I...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lighting up the night

’Tis the season to light up the neighborhood with reindeer, Santa and maybe a flying pig. These are a few of the creative displays found this year around the community, among many others that are...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Healthy Animas, healthy animals

Potentially, harmfully high levels of nutrients are flowing from the Florida River into the Animas River, and one project is hoping to make a dent in the problem. The Animas Watershed Partnership...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

More housing needed to temper cost

As more and more people have moved to Durango since 2000, housing demand and prices have continued to rise. But while rents and the price of homes have gotten more expensive, annual wages have not...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Business

Free Wi-Fi? Where?

A local company is working to bring free wireless Internet to downtown Durango, and it already is available in a few places. SkyWerx, a Pagosa Springs-based company, is planning to provide the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Inn death determined to be suicide

A man found dead Sunday at Durango Downtown Inn died by suicide, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said. An autopsy found helium asphyxiation caused the death, she said. He rented a helium tank...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

New farm insurance set to roll out

New farm insurance programs put in place by the 2014 Farm Bill are replacing widely used plans. About 90 percent of the eligible farmers in Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties participated in...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal mine facing new regulations

La Plata County planning officials are considering leveling new regulations on the King II Coal Mine on County Road 120. The mine started operating in 2007, and at the time La Plata County...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water outage planned on College Drive

An 18-inch water line has cracked and will affect customers along College Drive. To repair the pipe, the city will be shutting off water to customers Thursday along College Drive, from East Eighth...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roundheaded beetle making gains

While the spruce bark beetle has infected thousands of acres in the San Juan National Forest, another beetle is making gains in a different part of the forest. The roundheaded pine beetle has...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

An epidemic bugs the forest

There are many pests, blights and diseases forest rangers monitor, but locally, spruce bark beetle has risen to the top of the list, munching through the landscape at an alarming rate. U.S. Forest...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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