Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

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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Planned Parenthood offering birth control prescriptions via phone app

Women in Southwest Colorado can now get prescriptions for birth control and urinary tract infection medication through a phone app. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has started offering...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Strategic plan on homelessness focuses on practical solutions

As Arctic air moved into Durango on Tuesday night bringing below-freezing temperatures, residents discussed practical options for helping homeless residents endure the cold. Mayor Melissa Youssef...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alcohol is ‘No. 1 drug of choice’ in Durango, according to Mercy hospital

Alcohol abuse was responsible for more than 1,000 visits to the emergency room at Mercy Regional Medical Center in fiscal year 2018, helping to make it a top concern for the hospital. Alcohol is...

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

Halloween expected to bring a ‘real taste of winter’

An Arctic storm is expected to bring below-freezing temperatures for trick-or-treaters to endure on Halloween night in Southwest Colorado. The National Weather Service expects the storm to bring...

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

Fort Lewis College will repatriate Native American human remains

Fort Lewis College is working to give 43 Native American human remains and 51 funerary objects to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes for reburial to abide by a decades-old federal law....

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Buddhist teacher shares practical tools that relieved his self-hatred, worry

Yong Oh was searching for a refuge from his stress and negative emotions 13 years ago when he committed to Buddhist teachings. “It felt like I was being tossed and turned by my mind,” said Oh, a...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

62-year-old woman meets Durango father for the first time

Genetic testing promises customers insights into ancestry and potential health risks. But for one Durango family, the testing also identified a new family member. Lindsay Breed, 32, sent her saliva...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police: Man accidentally shot himself with child in car

Durango police are investigating a 21-year-old man who accidentally shot himself Friday afternoon in his Hyundai Accent while a child was in the vehicle. “It could turn out to be a negligent...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Business Improvement District working on expansion

Durango’s Business Improvement District, a property-taxing district, is working to expand its boundaries along north Main Avenue to increase its revenue and the services it could offer businesses...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Health Alliance to see startup savings through new partnership

A cooperative forming to reduce health insurance costs in Southwest Colorado – Southwest Health Alliance – is teaming up with similar groups to drive down startup costs. The cooperative model was...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hyperbaric chambers encourage the healing of chronic wounds

A wound in Durangoan Jim Harvey’s foot caused an infection that nearly killed him six years ago. Now, he is battling a wound in the same spot that he expects will close faster and heal without a...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Report: Former La Plata County priests among those guilty of abuse

Two Catholic priests who worked in Durango and Ignacio had histories of sexual abuse involving young boys that ran deeper than previously publicly known, according to a report released Wednesday...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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