Position: City & health 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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Homeless camp west of Durango may stay in place this summer

Homeless residents living west of Durango city limits may be allowed to stay awhile because Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners have not identified an alternative location for...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

KSUT ‘Tribal Radio’ documentary earns accolades

The story of KSUT Tribal Radio is garnering recognition from film festivals in New Mexico and California. “Tribal Radio,” by Durango-based filmmaker Sean Owen , won Best Native American Documentary...

DATE: March 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College public health program is growing fast

Fort Lewis College established the first public health undergraduate degree program in the state in 2010, and since then, it has exceeded expectations, growing faster than anticipated and breaking...

DATE: March 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A guide to La Plata County caucuses

Concern about La Plata County’s land-use code rewrite and an effort to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt may drive more Democrats and Republicans to the caucuses on Tuesday, local...

DATE: March 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Road work to begin Monday in downtown Durango, including new traffic signal

Construction will begin Monday to reconfigure traffic lanes, add curb ramps and install a traffic signal at College Drive and East Second Avenue. “Pedestrians that are crossing College Drive at...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association offers new options for contributing to renewable power generation

La Plata Electric Association will change the way customers can contribute to the development of local renewable power beginning April 1. Customers will be able to elect to give any amount to the...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango imagines a more welcoming corridor along Camino del Rio and north Main Avenue

The city’s long-term vision to transform the Camino del Rio and north Main Avenue corridor into walkable, welcoming areas has, so far, been met with positive reactions, city officials say. The...

DATE: March 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear-prone Durango neighborhoods will get new garbage cans

Fewer bears may wander Durango’s streets this summer to forage for food after hundreds of new wildlife-resistant garbage cans are distributed to homes. The city expects to distribute the new cans...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango asks residents for priorities ahead of budget shortfall

Durango city officials want to know what residents value and what items could be cut from the city’s budget ahead of a projected shortfall in 2020. An intense schedule of meetings and surveys to...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Planning Commission OKs 11th Street Station deck

Durango planning commissioners unanimously approved a deck expansion Monday that will allow 11th Street Station, a food truck collective on Main Avenue, to expand its seating. The commission’s...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Family, friends recall victims of suicide in ‘Survivors’ film

Friends and family of suicide victims share memories of their loved ones, the grief they feel and thoughts about suicide prevention in a recently released film called “Survivors, The Ones Left...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Many La Plata County residents eligible for federal aid aren’t enrolled

Federal and state aid programs aimed at meeting the needs of the poorest residents in La Plata County are not reaching many of those who are eligible. Enrollment varies widely across federal- and...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News