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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La Plata Electric Association: Trees near power lines pose wildfire risk

Trees near power lines in La Plata and Archuleta counties could be trimmed back more aggressively or cut down entirely this year and in years to come to help prevent wildfires. The La Plata...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA candidates weigh renewable energy vs. keeping rates low

This year’s election to the La Plata Electric Association board of directors could have a lasting impact on electricity rates and renewable energy development. Six candidates are vying for three...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rooftop solar helping reach ambitious state, regional energy goals

The state of Colorado and La Plata Electric Association have set ambitious goals to cut carbon and convert to renewable energy. Much of the generation will have to come from utility scale projects,...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundreds of residents helping to establish creative district

Residents will have a chance in coming weeks to shape a new creative district in Durango, meant to help diversify the economy. Creative districts have been set up in communities across the state to...

DATE: March 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Foundation donations rise 20 percent in 2018

Giving to nonprofits and residents in need through the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado increased 20 percent in 2018, and that’s not even counting the $700,000 donated to help those...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ban on gender conversion therapy could help prevent youth suicide

A bill pending in the state Legislature that would ban mental health specialists from providing gender conversion therapy to minors could help prevent suicide among those who identify as gay,...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 9-R: No intentional foul in balloon game; it was a bad call

An investigation into a balloon game played earlier this month at a Durango High School pep rally found no ill intent. Durango School District 9-R released a written statement Friday to The...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Horny’ box spreads sexual education across Fort Lewis College

Anonymous questions about everything from birth control to bondage can be slipped into Horny the Sex Box, a vessel set up to educate students at Fort Lewis College. Fort Lewis senior Matisse Monty...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health may improve as regional poverty rates fall

Child poverty rates are falling in the region, a positive sign for long-term public health, according to new health rankings. Social and economic factors, such as child poverty and educational...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study to examine effectiveness local program focused on helping families

About 120 families every year get personalized help to become healthier, earn more money, parent better and achieve other goals at the La Plata Family Centers Coalition. Over the next three years,...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters douse chimney fire Friday night on Main Avenue in Durango

Firefighters responded to the 700 block of Main Avenue for a report of smoke and flames coming from the roof of Derailed Pour House on Friday night in Durango. The fire in the chimney of the...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Number of homeless students nearly doubles in Durango schools

The number of homeless students in Durango School District 9-R has increased by 63 percent in recent years. During the 2016-17 school year, 68 homeless students were identified in the district, and...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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