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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More local people insured

The percentage of uninsured people locally has fallen steeply in the last year since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2013. In La Plata County, the percentage of uninsured residents fell...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

State exchange numbers strong

It’s round two for enrollment in the state health-care exchange, and this time things are running smoother, but glitches are still popping up. Enrollment in Connect for Health Colorado, a...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Decorate with deer in mind

Rudolph’s antlers strung with lights is a familiar sight. But as you decorate this year, keep the real bucks in mind. Deer are entering the mating season, and bucks especially are less wary of...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Developmentally disabled wait no more in Durango

For Georgiana Schmitt, 21, volunteering weekly at the Durango/La Plata County Senior Center is a step toward finding work as a cook and living alone. “Even if it’s hard, I want to do it,” she said....

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local forests need more controlled burns

More controlled burns are necessary to clean out dense, dry and dangerous local forests, U.S. Forest Service officials said. Across the Missionary Ridge burn scar, the Hermosa Creek area and in...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf Creek boss gives guilty plea

The owner of Wolf Creek Ski Area, Davey Pitcher, 52, pleaded guilty Monday to conducting avalanche and search-and-rescue training without a permit last winter in an unauthorized part of the...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City councilors supporting tough climate-change action

The Durango City Council called for tough action on climate change recently, along with many other snow lovers – ranging from athletes to local governments. The councilors signed a letter delivered...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes working to address recidivism

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is launching new efforts to prevent felons from returning to prison and teenagers from ever entering the system. Nationally, two-thirds of all people released from...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Potential pot-shop neighbors just say no

A potential retail marijuana shop at 36th Street and Main Avenue has neighbors in a fighting mood. Rocky Mountain High Recreational Center received its permit from the Planning Department...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County budget faces long-term shortfalls

La Plata County’s budget will face serious budget shortfalls in the next ten years without a property or sales tax increase. The budget has been largely supported by tax revenues from natural gas,...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bus route changes planned

Durango Transit system will change its evening and Saturday routes in 2015 to serve different areas. Saturday service will be going from 30-minute service to hourly service, a move that should...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Making it snow at Purgatory

PURGATORY – For about three weeks, snow guns have been blowing powder across the runs at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort building a base to last into spring. About 16 inches of natural snow...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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