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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Suicide-prevention bill would allow youths 12 and up to seek their own care

Children as young as 12 may be allowed to seek mental health care without their parents’ consent if a bill pending this year in the Colorado state Legislature is approved. The proposed law, HB 19...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Has snowy winter delivered economic rebound from 416 Fire?

A wet winter is helping jump-start the Durango economy after the 416 Fire. Deep snow is drawing more skiers and snowboarders this winter to Purgatory Resort compared with last year, and more...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

With China no longer accepting, businesses look at new markets for recycling

Southwest Coloradans are developing new businesses that could accept organic materials and recyclable glass as part of a statewide effort to divert more waste from landfills. Across Colorado, $265...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should vaping have the same rules as smoking in public?

A state measure to ban vaping in public spaces could curb teen use in Southwest Colorado. A revision to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act would add vaping to existing state prohibitions against...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Warm, wet weather expected to arrive Wednesday

Weather forecasters say a warm, wet storm will move into Southwest Colorado midday Wednesday bringing rain and snow. “I think a good chunk of it will be rain,” said Dennis Phillips, meteorologist...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drivers dodge, swerve and – #$@%*! – to avoid potholes

Wet weather and freezing temperatures are wreaking havoc on roads across the region, taking a toll on vehicles. Drivers are forced to dodge potholes on both sides of the road for about half a mile...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Earthquake recorded near Dove Creek, felt near Durango

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake hit an area north of Dove Creek on Monday morning and was felt by residents more than 82 miles away on Lightner Creek Road. “It was like somebody had a hold of your chair...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Short-term health insurance may lose some of its cost appeal

Durangoan Lauri Costello grew frustrated with the for-profit health insurance system and took matters into her own hands: She cobbled together her own health plan using short-term and supplemental...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As drug use rises, so does the spread of syphilis

Syphilis is spreading nationally and across Colorado among residents using drugs, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Heterosexual syphilis and drug...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New director tapped to lead Ignacio nonprofit after funding cuts

A large nonprofit that provides social services in Ignacio has a new executive director who plans to focus on rebuilding the organization after major funding cuts. Lori Niewold started as...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Preparations being made for spring runoff

Rain and abnormally warm temperatures this spring could cause serious flooding below the 416 Fire burn scar. “We will be watching that area closely,” said meteorologist Chris Cuoco with the...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man dies in Durango park

A known figure in the homeless community was found dead last week in Iris Park, near the 1100 block of Camino del Rio in central Durango. Alfred James, 57, was found in the park’s gazebo about 9...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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