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Position: Herald staff writer


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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Basin Coop to enter city limits and pay sales tax

Basin Coop, along south Camino del Rio, will likely enter Durango city limits next year, which means customers will pay city sales tax on some products. Durango Planning Commission approved the...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Townhouses proposed near Island Cove Park

A proposal to build three townhomes north of Island Cove Park in Durango raised concerns about the park’s future Monday at a Planning Commission meeting. In particular, residents and neighbors...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Restaurant incubator earns early nod from city planners

A slew of restaurants could find a home on Mercury Village Drive overlooking the Animas River in a new project called Taste Durango. Ed Kileen, an owner of Peak Development Partners , is proposing...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pickleball helps Durango woman beat back depression

Six months ago, Cathy Sykes was sinking deeper into depression, an illness she has suffered with most of her life. “She felt her life was really kind of over,” Sykes’ mom, Barbara Elliott, said....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students to host dinner, exhibition around homelessness

Animas High School juniors plan to bring homeless residents and the larger community together over dinner to help bridge a rift in town. “Our goal that we created as a class for this project is to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado aims to clean up trashy record on recycling

New goals could help clean up the state’s trashy record on waste. Colorado diverts only 12 percent of its waste from the landfill, far below the national average of 34 percent, according to a...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Child Health Plan Plus funding may expire; state advises looking at alternatives

As uncertainty around the funding for Child Health Plan Plus drags on, the state is advising pregnant women and parents of children enrolled in the public low-cost health insurance program to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Festival of Trees supports residents with disabilities

Extravagant Christmas trees will be glittering with holiday cheer this weekend as part of Community Connections’ annual fundraiser at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad depot. “It’s kind...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners consider new ethical policies

The La Plata County commissioners are considering new ethical policies that address paid travel, lobbying and perceived conflicts of interest. Commissioners reviewed a draft of the new rules during...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new way to track our mental health indicators

Mental Health Colorado, a statewide nonprofit, is making it easier to track depression, suicide, opioid overdoses and other regional mental health indicators. “Our goal is to equip individuals with...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home sales will require septic inspections

Newly enacted septic regulations will give homeowners more design options and require septic systems to be inspected whenever a home is sold to help protect groundwater. The San Juan Basin Public...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado identifies La Plata, Montezuma counties as high priorities for suicide prevention

The state Office of Suicide Prevention has identified La Plata and Montezuma counties as priority areas for comprehensive prevention efforts. The counties will be part of a collaborative effort...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News