Position: City & health 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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Suicide survivor Kevin Hines to share his story with Durango

A suicide survivor who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge will share his story in Durango next week. Kevin Hines jumped in 2000 after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was a decision he...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm expected to bring rain, and possibly snow

Spring-like weather could give way to cold and snowy conditions later tonight in Durango, but no snow accumulation is expected in town. “The best chances are going to come in the late afternoon,...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango student battling cancer will meet NBA hero Stephen Curry

Riverview Elementary student Jaden Page will meet his NBA hero this month after battling cancer for a year and a half. The Make-A-Wish Foundation plans to send Jaden, 10, and his family to meet...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Sports

Homeless residents may be allowed to sleep near Dog Park

Durango City Council informally agreed to allow homeless residents to sleep on a site adjacent to the Durango Dog Park and parallel to U.S. Highway 160. Councilors did not take official action...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango identifies ‘quiet’ days on Lake Nighthorse

Durango City Council approved a revised operations plan for Lake Nighthorse on Tuesday that sets aside Mondays and Wednesdays each week for quiet use. The new rules will be enforced when the lake...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolph Kuss credited for fostering athletic lifestyle in Durango

Dolph Kuss laid the foundation for recreation in Durango well before it was at the core of the economy and everyday life. Kuss, 87, taught thousands of people to ski, helped develop Chapman Hill...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Democrats identify early favorites in U.S. House, treasurer’s races

With 309 days until Election Day 2018, La Plata County Democrats have already identified early favorites in races for county treasurer and Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. In the only...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Quiet lake’ supporters concerned Lake Nighthorse rules predetermined

As the opening day for Lake Nighthorse approaches, residents who support a quiet lake are concerned Durango city officials have already made decisions, making the latest round of public-input...

DATE: March 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

For midterm year, caucus participation strong in La Plata County

Political angst over proposed changes to a land-use code brought out new faces to the caucuses held Tuesday across La Plata County. La Plata County Republicans saw much better turnout than expected...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Caucuses kick off election season in La Plata County

Republicans and Democrats voiced their political passions and weighed in on numerous issues at caucuses Tuesday evening across La Plata County. The focus of the neighborhood-level meetings was on...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield resident and LPEA board member announces bid for state Senate

Bayfield resident and La Plata Electric Association board member Guinn Unger announced this week he plans to challenge state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose. The Democrat, who turns 69 on Wednesday,...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Diagonal pedestrian crossing at College Drive and Main Avenue to be eliminated

A “pedestrian scramble” intersection at College Drive and Main Avenue in Durango will be eliminated by mid-May. Pedestrians gained the right to cross diagonally at the intersection in 2010, and it...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News