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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Drivers dodge, swerve and – #$@%*! – to avoid potholes

Wet weather and freezing temperatures are wreaking havoc on roads across the region, taking a toll on vehicles. Drivers are forced to dodge potholes on both sides of the road for about half a mile...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Earthquake recorded near Dove Creek, felt near Durango

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake hit an area north of Dove Creek on Monday morning and was felt by residents more than 82 miles away on Lightner Creek Road. “It was like somebody had a hold of your chair...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Short-term health insurance may lose some of its cost appeal

Durangoan Lauri Costello grew frustrated with the for-profit health insurance system and took matters into her own hands: She cobbled together her own health plan using short-term and supplemental...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As drug use rises, so does the spread of syphilis

Syphilis is spreading nationally and across Colorado among residents using drugs, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Heterosexual syphilis and drug...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New director tapped to lead Ignacio nonprofit after funding cuts

A large nonprofit that provides social services in Ignacio has a new executive director who plans to focus on rebuilding the organization after major funding cuts. Lori Niewold started as...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Preparations being made for spring runoff

Rain and abnormally warm temperatures this spring could cause serious flooding below the 416 Fire burn scar. “We will be watching that area closely,” said meteorologist Chris Cuoco with the...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man dies in Durango park

A known figure in the homeless community was found dead last week in Iris Park, near the 1100 block of Camino del Rio in central Durango. Alfred James, 57, was found in the park’s gazebo about 9...

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

Storm buries homeless camps west of Durango

As snow inundated Durango last week, homeless camper Scott Saxon stayed awake one night clearing snow to keep his tent from becoming buried. “I almost gave up,” he said. But Stitch, his Boston...

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

Local volunteers work to improve lives of Guatemalans

While Americans struggle to reform a complex and expensive health care system, Larry and Sandy Turner are working to fill the most basic health care needs of impoverished villagers in Guatemala....

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

Oxbow bird study raises questions about effect of 416 Fire smoke

Smoke from the 416 Fire may have negatively affected birds in the 38-acre Oxbow Preserve last summer near northern Durango city limits. Researchers and volunteers captured 166 birds in the...

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

FLC’s diversity coordinator gives students a soft place to land

Nancy Stoffer left the University of Kansas her sophomore year, because, as a lesbian in her first relationship, she felt disconnected from the school. “I felt if I was to pursue that part of my...

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

Vallecito snowblower race a test of speed

Many residents have honed their snow-moving skills in the last few days, and next weekend about a dozen could put their talents to the test at the Vallecito Lake Snowblower Race. “It started out...

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

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