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Position: Herald staff writer


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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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

Lodgers tax increase could boost Durango’s marketing efforts

The Durango Area Tourism Office plans to explore increasing the lodgers tax to boost the budget for marketing Durango to tourists and bring more visitors to the city. It’s a process that would...

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

City sales tax revenue this year a mixed bag

Sales taxes collections in Durango and downtown have been erratic in 2017. Collections increased 2 percent through September, but collections have not posted steady growth this year, Business...

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

Local First spreading cheer for 12 days of shopping

Holiday shoppers hunting for the perfect gift downtown will find extra Christmas cheer as part of 12 Days of Shop Local, put on by Local First . Local First supports independent businesses and...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet asks FCC for details about rural broadband work

The Federal Communications Commission has been slow to provide details to Sen. Michael Bennet about how CenturyLink is spending millions of dollars on publicly funded rural internet improvements....

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fire Protection District seeks impact fees for additional funding

After a big victory on Election Day when voters approved a property tax increase to help pay for Durango Fire Protection District operations, the agency is resuming a push to charge construction...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Warm temps prompt emergency ordinance for bear-strewn trash in Durango

Heftier fines for bear-strewn trash are making a come back, as warmer temperatures persist. The Durango City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance Monday eliminating warnings for...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council issues split vote on energy codes

Durango City Councilors are split on whether to adopt a stricter international energy code that would require new construction in city limits be more efficient. Councilors discussed the issue...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter recreation focus for San Juan County economic development coordinator

The new economic development coordinator for San Juan County plans to focus on bringing more winter visitors to Silverton. Melanie Russek, a resident of the mountain town north of Durango, plans to...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango could budget $100,000 for art at Hwy. 550/160 intersection

The city of Durango is considering applying for a second $25,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund an art project in the raised medians at the U.S. Highway...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

The cost of dirty recycling

China’s National Sword campaign to increase the quality of imported recyclables is cutting into the city of Durango’s budget and private industry profits. In the last few months, China, the largest...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District to screen students for suicide risk factors

High school and middle school students in Durango School District 9-R will be screened for suicide risk factors as the community seeks to bolster prevention efforts. This week, the issue rose to...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News