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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Republican candidate for House District 59 won’t appear on primary ballot

A Republican who planned to challenge state Rep. Barbara McLachlan in House District 59 did not make the primary ballot. Joe Brinkerhoff of Durango would have been unopposed in the Republican...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield may tap reserve water in Vallecito Reservoir

Exceptional drought conditions could force the town of Bayfield to tap into its reserve water storage this summer in Vallecito Reservoir. The town usually relies on water in the Los Pinos Ditch,...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango refuses to accept new bulk water customers

La Plata County residents who need potable water during the summer drought will need to find it somewhere other than the city of Durango, unless they are already water dock customers. The city...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three bears euthanized for breaking into homes

A bear and her two yearlings were trapped and euthanized Tuesday after breaking into multiple homes during the past three weeks in Durango. The bears had either broken into or attempted to break...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six new hotels planned for Durango

Durango appears on the cusp of experiencing a hotel boom, with six proposed lodges in the planning process that would add up to 450 rooms to the town. The boom comes shortly after the completion of...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quick air attack, hot-shot crews helped subdue 358 Fire

Hitting the 358 Fire northeast of Durango hard and fast with helicopters, planes and a hot-shot crew helped control and contain it. The fire was started on private property Friday afternoon by...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Memorial Day ceremony focuses on soldiers lost in the Middle East

Durangoans marked Memorial Day by remembering those who have died in the Middle East over the last 16 years. “We remember and honor the sacrifice of all those who lost their lives serving our...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man dies after fall on Animas City Mountain

A Durango man died Monday after falling from a ledge at the north end of Animas City Mountain. Phillip Clark, 31, and a friend were hiking Sunday when they stopped at the end of a trail to take...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quilter honors brother killed in World War II

Pat Akers was devastated after her brother Robert Ghann was killed crossing the Atlantic in 1942 when his ship was torpedoed during World War II. Crafting quilts with the La Plata Quilters Guild...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Got something to say? Say it fast at Durango City Council meetings

One of Sweetie Marbury’s first official actions as Durango mayor was to reduce the amount of time residents can speak at City Council meetings, from five minutes to three minutes. Marbury, who took...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teens with health challenges learn to support each other through peer mentorship

Emmie Best was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 7 years old, and at first, she had trouble accepting her diagnosis or telling anyone about it. “The first thing I thought someone would...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Residents near 358 Fire prepare to leave

Residents near the “358 Fire” were nervously preparing to evacuate Friday afternoon and watching the smoke from the blaze near Sunrise Lane and County Road 245, northeast of Durango. The fire was...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News