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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Farmington man in town for Snowdown found with drugs

The Durango Police Department seized $1,400 in cash, 5.1 grams of cocaine, 138 tabs of LSD and 4.45 grams of ketamine in a traffic stop Thursday night in north Durango, the agency said. The Police...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Manna helps Fort Lewis College students enroll in federal food assistance

A Durango nonprofit began work in January at Fort Lewis College to break the stereotype that students should exist on ramen noodles. Instead, the group is helping students enroll in federal...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Long waits persist for those in need of food stamps, Medicaid and cash assistance

Residents in need of Medicaid, food stamps and cash assistance face long waits – weeks to months – to receive benefits as a result of computer software problems that have wreaked havoc on work flow...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy screening patients for coronavirus as disease spreads

Mercy Regional Medical Center says it has began screening patients for the coronavirus virus as a precaution as the deadly disease makes its way from China to the United States. For the past week,...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Middle School lottery system will be weighted to benefit low-income students

Mountain Middle School is changing its lottery system this year to boost the number of minority and economically disadvantaged students in its classrooms. The charter school serves about 240...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

4-story building proposed for East Second Ave. in Durango concerns neighbors

A proposed four-story building near East Second Avenue and College Drive has neighbors worried it will tower over existing homes. But the developer contends it is simply the first step in...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango forest school offers outdoor learning in all weather

Bundled up for a day in the snow, preschool students and their parents spread tarps and blankets over a frozen creek last week for a class featuring lessons often taught in a public library. But...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College to review investments for environmental, social impact

Fort Lewis College announced Monday a portion of its investments – about $7.8 million – will be vetted annually for its impact on humanity and the environment. Students have been advocating since...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dance and music brings students, with and without disabilities, together

Durango High School students twirled and bounced around the room Wednesday to the sounds of pop hits as an instructor encouraged them to mingle. Stillwater Music, a Durango nonprofit, began...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Reflexology unlocks pain relief by treating nerves in the feet

Feet get shoved into shoes, pounded into the pavement and sometimes neglected, but they can hold the key to pain relief for some patients. The nerve endings in the feet are linked to internal...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southwest La Plata Library District confident it can fill funding gap

A new district formed to save rural libraries at Sunnyside and Fort Lewis Mesa elementary schools is confident it can keep the libraries open while it waits for tax dollars to start flowing. The...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Does Durango have blight? The answer could help city redevelop

Does Durango have blighted neighborhoods in need of help? For some city officials and business representatives, the answer is yes. “I do think that there are areas in our community that still...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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