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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Looking for love, steampunk style

People of all ages looking for love gathered in the Rochester Hotel Thursday night for two rounds of speed dating. The 40 slots offered at the event filled up fast, and the onlookers who came to...

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

Water slide bliss turns into endurance grind

Ten people started the Water-Slide-Athon but only three people were still running up the stairs to the slide four hours later. Tiffany Bergman, climbed 39 stairs 222 times to win the champion’s...

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

That’s a phat, phat, phat burger!

No one managed to shove 6 pounds of burger down their throat Thursday night at the Phat Phat Phat Burger Eat Off, but one man got terribly close. Pedro Cordova said he felt like he ate 4.5 pounds...

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

FLC wins award for commercial

The first commercial Fort Lewis College made for television has been honored with a national award. The commercial that aired on CBS Sports during the school’s homecoming football game earned...

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

High rent limits Housing Solutions

Federal money flowed in again this year to help stabilize local families in need, but the dollars aren’t going as far as they have in the past. Housing Solutions for the Southwest received...

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

County gives lukewarm forecast in annual address

Financial stability, infrastructure needs and long-range planning are some of the main goals for the La Plata County commissioners in 2015. Commissioner Julie Westendorff said Tuesday in her State...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

King Coal promises to control trucks

Executives from a coal mine west of Durango presented plans Tuesday to mitigate traffic hazards caused by trucks serving the mine along County Road 120 and La Plata Highway (Colorado Highway 140)....

DATE: Jan. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

FLC works to increase enrollment

Fort Lewis College officials are working to boost enrollment after a substantial dip last fall. The school has signed a contract to do direct mailing, hired a new recruiter and started doing more...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilors ask for consistent accessory-unit laws

The Durango City Councilors would like rules for accessory dwelling units in East Animas City to be consistent with other areas of town. The Durango Planning Department is crafting rules that will...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Art show to benefit truancy prevention

So far this school year, not a single student in Durango School District 9-R has gone before a judge for being chronically absent. Students instead have been supported through in-school mentoring...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forget to pay your parking ticket? You’re in luck

Durango’s Transit Department is offering those with overdue parking tickets an amnesty. Anyone with parking tickets issued before Oct. 24 will have a 30-day window to pay the original parking...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas City residents support ADUs

Durango officials are moving toward allowing Accessory Dwelling Units in the East Animas City neighborhood, but the rules for the units are still being developed. Residents and tenants who...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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