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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Dogs and mushers fly through Silverton

SILVERTON – A cacophony of yips and yowls filled the bitter winter air Saturday, as racers and their dogs took their places at the starting line again and again during the Silverton Flying Sled Dog...

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

Primi Pasta and Wine Bar opens on Main Avenue

Primi Pasta and Wine Bar, Durango’s newest restaurant on Main Avenue, opened Friday night in the space formerly occupied by Guido’s Pizza Pasta Panini, offering dishes inspired by the simple,...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest restoration project could bolster timber industry

A new project to improve the health of 750,000 acres of forest in Southwest Colorado could open new opportunities for the timber industry to harvest more wood and use it in nontraditional ways. ...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tri-State to close Colorado, New Mexico coal-fired power plants by 2030

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the energy supplier for Southwest Colorado, announced Thursday it will close its coal-fired power plants in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030, a move that would...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Digs Restaurant and Bar closes in Three Springs

One of the few restaurants in Three Springs, Digs Restaurant and Bar, seems to have closed its doors. Digs, one of the first businesses to open in Three Springs in 2009, has not operated for weeks...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mentor to students of color steps down from El Centro

When Shirena Trujillo Long started 15 years ago as the coordinator of El Centro de Muchos Colores at Fort Lewis College, she was tasked with helping to recruit and retain Hispanic students, an...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center sees increase in flu cases

Mercy Regional Medical Center is seeing far more cases of flu this year than last year, as flu season nears its typical January peak. The hospital has seen 34 cases of flu and four patients who...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Hobby opens on Main Avenue

During the long, dark, cold days of winter, some hobbyists hide out in their she sheds and man caves building cars, planes and drones. Durango Hobby opened in late December on Main Avenue in...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado on solid financial ground after dire shortfall

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado raised $100,000 in the final months of the year, putting the nonprofit on solid financial ground after it faced a major budget shortfall. “I am just...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Car dealership could be first business at Three Springs center

A Subaru dealership will likely be the first business to move into a 22-acre subdivision under construction near Three Springs south of Wilson Gulch Road, an area long envisioned as a new...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local vape shops to diversify after national news of hospitalizations, deaths

Some retail vape shops in Durango are looking to diversify their business models after reports about hospitalizations and deaths associated with vaping drove a sales decline. “About a fourth of my...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District reports increase in expulsions

The number of Durango School District 9-R students who have been expelled this year is up, mainly because of problems with substances such as alcohol and marijuana. Nine students are in the...

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

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