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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Survey: Teens struggle with prolonged sadness

About a third of teenagers in La Plata County and across Colorado are experiencing prolonged feelings of sadness or hopelessness, according to state data. The 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey ...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report says La Plata County teens lacking meaningful relationships with adults

A report from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office shows that disconnection from caring adults, social media use and exclusion from extracurricular activities, among many other factors, are...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flu season less severe in Colorado this year

Flu season in Colorado is less severe than the record-setting flu season the state experienced last year, according to state health officials. Statewide, 960 people have been hospitalized with flu...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lake Nighthorse revenue, visitation fall short in 2018

The city of Durango has high expectations for Lake Nighthorse’s second season after a somewhat rocky first year with lower-than-expected revenue and visitation. The lake was closed for nine days...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Safehouse had increase in demand in 2017

Durango’s domestic violence shelter, the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse, experienced a steep increase in the number of people served in 2017. The Safehouse is a secure, hidden shelter...

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

Homeless shelter extends stays to help clients find housing

Nakeia and James Muñoz spent a month living in their Subaru with their 11-year-old daughter sharing a blanket and pillow before they moved into the Volunteers of America Durango Community Shelter....

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

Lutheran church to close early learning center

Christ the King Lutheran Church will close its early childhood learning center next week because of declining enrollment. The Children’s World Early Learning Center will serve its 14 enrolled...

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

Loose wire, not snow, responsible for power outages

Cold temperatures kept recent snow light and fluffy, preventing widespread power outages that heavy, wet snow can deliver. A loose power line near 32nd Street and Main Avenue was responsible for...

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

Durango Boy Scout Troop 501 turns 80, despite rocky time for scouting

Nationally, it is a turbulent time for the Boy Scouts of America, but scouts are staying committed to Durango’s Troop 501, now in its 80th year. This month, The Wall Street Journal broke the news ...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heartwood Cohousing near Bayfield plans to expand

Becky Logan moved into Heartwood Cohousing near Bayfield in November because she was looking for a community after years of traveling in an RV. She was drawn to cohousing by the tight-knit...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Durango nonprofit wants to improve sports culture

In the face of failure, some student athletes must shoulder their own disappointment and the emotions of their coaches and parents, so two athletic leaders have formed a nonprofit to address those...

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

Home sales to require septic inspections in La Plata and Archuleta counties

Homeowners who want to sell their property will be required to have their septic system inspected starting Jan. 1. The inspections required by San Juan Basin Public Health are intended to protect...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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