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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Colorado sets record for flu hospitalizations

Colorado set a record this week for the number of patients admitted to the hospital with flu in a season. Since October, 3,550 people have been admitted to the hospital with the flu, according to...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

La Plata Electric Association estimates long-term cost of business with Tri-State

La Plata Electric Association could spend more than $500 million purchasing power from its electric supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, until its contract expires in 2050. The...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kids to dabble in science and technology this weekend at Discovery Festival

More than 1,000 students are expected to gather at the second annual Colorado Discovery Festival at Fort Lewis College on Friday and Saturday to learn about robotics, forensics, rocket propulsion...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Divided La Plata Electric board united on vision for exploratory group

Community conversations have honed in on local renewable energy in recent months, and while the issue has traditionally split the La Plata Electric Association Board of Directors, the group found...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council approves annexation of Lake Nighthorse

Durango City Council unanimously approved the annexation of Lake Nighthorse on Tuesday evening, a step toward opening the area April 1. “I think it’s thrilling,” said Councilor Sweetie Marbury,...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Pongas enters agreement to improve alcohol serving practices

The Durango Local Licensing Authority unanimously approved an agreement with Colorado Pongas on Tuesday that resolves alleged liquor license violations the pool hall and bar faced. City Attorney...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ideas flow at forum to address homelessness

Tents, tiny shelters, temporary and permanent houses are all potential solutions to ending homelessness, an advocate said Saturday during a day-long forum on the subject. “Ultimately, we have to...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amid shortage, health education centers work to recruit rural doctors

As the nation faces a looming shortage of doctors, rural areas such as Southwest Colorado, could be particularly susceptible. A local organization and similar groups across the state are working to...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 16 hours 14 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A revitalized north Main Avenue and Camino del Rio a step closer to reality

The city envisions Camino del Rio being an extension of downtown and north Main Avenue transforming into small neighborhoods in its quest to make both high-traffic areas more walkable and...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewer repairs will close one lane on north Main Avenue next week in Durango

A northbound lane of traffic will be shut down next week along part of north Main Avenue while a sewer line is repaired for The Boys & Girls Club. Archer Western Construction plans to repair a...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council proposes homeless shelters instead of a camp

Durango City Council has backed away from establishing a formally designated campground for homeless residents and instead is considering setting up shelters in churches, city buildings, county...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New lifts at Chapman Hill envisioned by Durango Parks

Durango’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board narrowed the possibilities for replacing Chapman Hill ski area’s aging rope tows Wednesday. On a 4-2 vote, the advisory board supported replacing the...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News