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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Durango School District 9-R won’t arm school security guards

The Durango School District 9-R board has decided not to arm school security guards with firearms after months of heated community debate. A statement from board members released Thursday said they...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association files with state for buyout number to leave power supplier

La Plata Electric Association is asking the state to determine how much it would cost for the co-op to buy out its contract with its wholesale energy supplier. LPEA is interested in exiting its...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County voter turnout spiked Tuesday

Tax increases, sports betting and school board races spurred far more La Plata County residents to cast ballots in this year’s election than in 2017 – the last comparable election, said Clerk and...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Newcomer topples incumbent to join Durango school board

La Plata County voters opted for change to the Durango School District 9-R Board of Education. Kristin Smith beat Stephanie Moran 56% to 44% on Tuesday night. Smith garnered 5,484 votes to Moran’s...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A library district is formed in southwest La Plata County

Southwest La Plata County residents formed a new library district Tuesday to save the Fort Lewis Mesa and Sunnyside libraries. Residents formed the Southwest La Plata Library District and approved...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer line clog forced Lemon Head Hair Salon to close for two weeks

The owner of Lemon Head Hair Salon said she’s trying to get back on her feet after a city sewer line flooded her business, forcing it to close for two weeks. Wastewater flowed into the business for...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by truck in Durango

A man crossing College Drive at East Third Avenue in Durango suffered critical injuries Monday night after being hit by a gray Ford F-150. Bayfield resident Ernie Eugene Lucero, 56, was walking...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County voter turnout low ahead of Election Day

In the final hours before Election Day, some La Plata County campaigns are sprinting to turn out the vote and others are counting on a culmination of their efforts to pay off. La Plata County...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

When seconds count, Durango firefighters hit the brass pole

In the race to douse a blaze or save a patient’s life, firefighters at Station No. 3 in north Durango have a new tool – a brass fire pole. The $18,000 pole is the first in town and was installed...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sees fewer deaths by suicide

The number of deaths by suicide in La Plata County has fallen in recent years, giving hope that preventive efforts are working. This year, eight residents have died by suicide in La Plata County,...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Review of Juniper School finds cause for concern

The Juniper School fell short of financial and academic performance expectations last year, raising concerns for Durango School District 9-R, but Juniper staff and board members say they have...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents to save on state health exchange premiums this year

Southwest Colorado residents shopping for insurance through the state health care exchange this fall may benefit from an average 30% decline on plan premiums. Residents who were paying some of the...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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