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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Fees for extra units reduced

Legalizing an accessory-dwelling unit got a little more straightforward and possibly cheaper for residents Tuesday night. The Durango City Council directed staff to make ADU fees more uniform,...

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

No foul play suspected in hotel death

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 57-year-old Virginia man found Sunday at the Durango Downtown Inn by hotel staff. “We do not suspect foul play in anyway,” Durango police...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Winning the battle’

Marriage equality has been decades in the making for local same-sex couples, but when it came to Colorado in October, they met the news with surprise and excitement. The U.S. Supreme Court declined...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River trout in decline

The number of brown and rainbow trout in the Animas River swimming through Durango has declined, according to an ongoing study. In particular, a decline has been noted in fish from 32nd Street to...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ruff Puppies: A classier brand of collars and leads

When Bryan Hargett decided to start his own leather manufacturing company in southern La Plata County, he had no idea his niche would be in the pet industry. He thought he might make belts or...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alpacka Raft: Building a better boat

The need for a light, sturdy raft hit Sheri Tingey after her son went backpacking into the Alaska wilderness twice with inadequate boats. The second time, he shipped his boat back with 11.5 pounds...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Venture Snowboards: A vintage backcountry board

At Venture Snowboards in Silverton, the boards start out as a pile of lumber in the parking lot and leave ready for backcountry adventures. The company started 15 years ago and specializes in split...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City funds nonprofit’s budget

After much debate, the Durango City Council boosted support for the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, or 4CORE, this year by $17,000 to help support its operating budget. The council...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Park in line for new playground

Durango High School students inspired the Durango Parks and Recreation Department to invest in new, more accessible playground equipment at Santa Rita Park this year. The equipment will be set up...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two parks no longer organic

The Durango City Council approved increased rates for city services and contentious changes to the organic park program Monday night as part of the 2015 budget. The budget expanded from about $79...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local trial starts in sex-assault case

The trial for a man facing several charges of sexual assault started Monday in the 6th Judicial District Court. Harold Loveday is accused of sexually assaulting three victims over the course of ten...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local helps Ebola-stricken Liberia

A Durangoan worked to bring relief to those suffering from Ebola in Liberia this fall with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sgt. Erik Stenslien, a technical engineer, was deployed to Liberia to...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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