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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Lake Nighthorse construction likely this summer

Construction on some facilities at Lake Nighthorse could start this summer, after the Ute tribes expressed support for recreation. The letters of support will allow the Bureau of Reclamation to...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Loved ones remember an ‘adventurous soul’

While police are working to solve the mystery of a local woman found dead in the Animas River, friends and family remember her as a loving mom and warm friend. Police don’t know whether someone was...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowpack low across region

The current regional snowpack levels should leave farmers and skiers alike praying for winter storms. A mostly dry January left snowpack across the state and locally below normal levels. Snow...

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

Falling gas production may force a tax hike

Without a property- or sales-tax increase, La Plata County’s financial outlook looks bleak. After months of meetings, the county’s Long Term Finance Committee recommended a property-tax increase to...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilors approve half-cent tax question

Taxes don’t usually bring out a crowd of supporters, but the 1999 half-cent sales-tax fan club heralded the upcoming reauthorization vote at City Hall with signs Tuesday night. About 15 people...

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

Challenges of recruiting

Facing a shortage of specialized workers, local companies use Durango’s quality of life, more competitive wages and other perks to recruit and keep qualified candidates. Mercy Regional Medical...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Father of robbery suspect held on $100,000 bail

A Gem Village man accused of conspiring with his son to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Durango will have to come up with a significant sum of cash to leave jail anytime soon. La Plata County...

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

City operations director to retire

Durango’s Operations Department is headed into a transition with the longtime director retiring and the department splitting in two. City Operations Director Roy Petersen is retiring in March,...

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

Weather certification may prevent flight delays

The Durango-La Plata County Airport has obtained a certification that may help prevent flight delays or cancellations when on-site weather sensors fail. In November, a broken visibility sensor led...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inter-city bus service sees strong success

An inter-city bus service running between Durango and Grand Junction has drawn strong ridership in its first six months. The Road Runner StageLines has been averaging about 350 riders a month since...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rate hike on tap for city water, sewer fees

Plan to pay more for city water and sewer service in February. The Durango City Council approved the rate increases in December to help fund major improvements to the city’s water and sewer...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

You’ve got to love the game when it comes with pain

Teenagers called the shots at the Steams Vs. Punks dodgeball tournament while adults chucked balls at each other Thursday. The din was deafening at the Durango Community Recreation Center as 12...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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