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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La Plata County commissioners urge action on new homeless camp

La Plata County commissioners questioned why a new organized camp was not a top priority in a public review Wednesday of a proposed strategic plan to address homelessness. The commissioners...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events encourage reflection, action on discrimination

Fort Lewis College students, staff and Durango residents marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a march and by encouraging attendees to reflect on how King’s advocacy opened new opportunities in...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Supernova furniture moves to Bodo to accommodate growth

Supernova Furniture, Sleep Gallery & Home has moved from downtown Durango to the building formerly occupied by Matlock Furniture and Mattress in Bodo Industrial Park to accommodate growth. ...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado minimum wage reaches $12. Is it enough to live in La Plata County?

Four years of minimum wage increases in Colorado have put more money into the pockets of La Plata County workers, but some argue it is not enough. Minimum wage increased incrementally from $8.31...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Regional blood supplier faces critical shortage

The only blood supplier to hospitals in the region is facing a national shortage of blood. Vitalant, the nonprofit that supplies Mercy Regional Medical Center, currently has less than a day and a...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association approves rate increase

The La Plata Electric Association board voted this week to increase its rates in April to maintain and improve its infrastructure and prepare the grid for the future. The new charge will be levied...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After announcing plans to nix coal, Tri-State says it will invest in solar, wind

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the power supplier for Southwest Colorado, announced Wednesday it plans to build solar arrays in the region as part of a larger plan to replace coal-fired...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Union Social House, home to bar and food truck, opens on north Main in Durango

The Union Social House, home to a bar, food truck and gallery, aims to fill a niche on north Main Avenue by creating a family atmosphere with games and regular live music. Longtime Durango events...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R weighs cellphone ban

Durango School District 9-R is considering a cellphone ban that could go into effect at the middle schools next school year. The new rule could prohibit students from using their cellphones at all...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango tourism rebounds in 2019, but not for all business sectors

A wet winter in 2019 helped pack slopes at Purgatory Resort and made rapids busy on the Animas River, but Durango’s recovery from the 416 Fire hasn’t been uniform. “We did rebound from ’18. ......

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter farmers market to open in Powerhouse Science Center

Farmers market junkies meeting their favorite local vendors in parking lots over the winter to buy eggs, meat and other year-round products will soon have a more formal option. The Seven Rivers...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nayarit Restaurant opening second location

Nayarit Restaurant, a hot spot on north Main Avenue, is opening a second location near Walmart to serve the rapidly growing South Camino del Rio corridor and Three Springs. The new location is...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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