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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Landscape mural to span 300 feet along Narrow Gauge Avenue

Artists will begin work Friday on a grant-funded mural on the east side of the Kroegers Hardware building in downtown Durango. The mural will depict black and white plants, animals and humans on a...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council reaches consensus on likely tax question

Durango City councilors informally agreed Tuesday to ask voters to approve a property and a sales tax increase in November. The increases could raise about $7.5 million in 2019 for general city...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado law to hold large internet companies accountable

A recently enacted state law could help ensure faster internet service reaches customers when companies apply for state grants to fund infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature set aside $115...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New suicide-prevention efforts target La Plata, Montezuma counties

La Plata and Montezuma counties are among six in Colorado selected to participate in collaboration to create a model for suicide prevention that could be used nationwide. The goal of the...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Yellow Carrot makes a move, opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner

The Yellow Carrot, a bakery, restaurant and catering business on north Main Avenue, has long lured customers in with cupcakes, chips, breakfast burritos and take-and-bake items. Its new location a...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

Sonnin Dahl endured more than a year of pain before she had an ankle bone replaced at Mercy Regional Medical Center, one of a few hospitals in the country offering the procedure. Dahl’s talus, the...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Fort Lewis College Foundation fundraising comes in strong

The Fort Lewis College Foundation raised more than $3.3 million in fiscal year 2018, about $600,000 more than the previous year. The donations are dedicated to scholarships and projects across the...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer repairs along U.S. Highway 550/160 could take days

A manhole on U.S. Highway 550/160 near Santa Rita Park partially collapsed on a sewer pipe midday Friday causing sewage to spill over the highway, the Animas River Trail and some made its way to...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango business, nonprofit honored for improving accessibility

After Kevin Brennan, the owner of five Exxon gas stations in Durango, was sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act last year, he took the opportunity to do some remodeling. “It wasn’t...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police end homeless camp protest

The number of homeless campers has dwindled drastically at a site near Greenmount Cemetery since Durango police forced some protesting residents to leave earlier this week. About 10 residents...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

With higher-than-average temps lingering, businesses offer relief

Hotter-than-average summer temperatures have fueled business for those selling relief in the form of air conditioners and fans. During much of June, residents were unable to open their windows...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey finds support for tax hike in Durango

Durango residents generally support a sales tax increase over a property tax hike to address the city’s long-term budget needs. The results of a statistically valid survey found that 58 percent of...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News