Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

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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Colorado offering free sign-language interpretation services

People in need of sign-language interpretation services can request them for free under a pilot program being offered by the state of Colorado. Rural residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Transgender talk highlights issue in national spotlight

The co-director of a New Mexico nonprofit that advocates for and serves transgender people said Wednesday that a possible change in the way the government defines gender is a political maneuver...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

53 units of affordable senior housing coming to Durango

Low-income seniors in Durango will have a new option for housing in about two years. Construction of a planned 53-unit housing project in Three Springs along Wilson Gulch Road is expected to start...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Highway 550 realignment construction planned for late 2019

Construction to connect U.S. highways 550 and 160 using the so called Bridge to Nowhere could start in late 2019. The $98.6 million project will require about two years to complete, said Mike...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local First, city of Durango leading effort to establish a creative district

Work is underway to establish a state-certified creative district in Durango that could draw in additional tourists and help build the local economy. A creative district certification could...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado launching suicide prevention efforts

New efforts to improve mental health care for children and teenagers across Colorado will be rolled out over the next two to three years. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is providing $2.8...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Psychotherapist starts suicide loss grief group in Bayfield

A psychotherapist is founding a therapeutic support group in Bayfield for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Nicole Fuller decided to start the group after giving a talk in September about...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Ignacio preschool plans to open in January

A new preschool will open in early January in Ignacio after the planned closure of Southern Ute Head Start. The Ignacio Early Learning Program will open in the former Pine River Community Learning...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Retina opens research center to conduct clinical trials

A new research center focused on ocular conditions in Durango will offer hope to patients suffering from otherwise incurable disorders. Southwest Retina Consultants added 800 square feet to its...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Ignacio High students create food pantry, identify major social issues

Ignacio High School students have kept boxes full of Spam, crackers, spaghetti, granola bars and ramen noodles for three years to ensure their peers don’t go hungry on nights and weekends. “You do...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hickenlooper says teamwork needed to meet housing demands

Businesses, nonprofits and government will have to work together to meet the need for housing in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday in north Durango. “No one segment is going to be the...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teen’s death leads to lasting suicide prevention project

After Cody Ledford, an Escalante Middle School student, died by suicide last year, his family asked everyone who was concerned to send donations to La Plata County 4-H in lieu of flowers. The...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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