Position: Health & topics 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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City of Durango likely to restore nonprofit funding

Durango City Council expects to restore funding for nonprofits next year after it was slashed dramatically in the 2019 budget. City Council also expects to ease restrictions to allow nonprofits in...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

And the $70,000 study says ... homeless camping and resources would help

Creating an outdoor camp and a centralized location for homeless residents to access services are among the ideas consultants will present next week in Durango. The ideas could become part of a...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango names acting finance director amid investigation

The city of Durango has named an acting finance director to replace Julie Brown who resigned last week amid an investigation into an alleged misappropriation of public funds. Devon Schmidt, the...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey seeks input on school security, arming guards in Durango

Durango School District 9-R is asking parents, students, staff and community members to weigh in on new school security measures – such as arming school security guards, paying for school resource...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Knots, knives and hatchets – not just for boys anymore

Girls are joining the boys in scouts in La Plata County this year, learning to split firewood, backpack and lead their peers. The change is part of a nationwide shift for the Boy Scouts of America,...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College enrollment flat, but showing signs of growth

Fort Lewis College enrollment is flat compared with last year, but college officials say the numbers also show signs of the growth. This fall 3,308 students are attending FLC compared with 3,317...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango pancreatic cancer patient beating the odds

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, Durangoan Tom Riesing has beaten the odds for survival by seeking out a blend of effective nontraditional treatments. Only 9% of pancreatic...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Ed Zink – bicyclist, rancher and Durango native – dies at 71

Ed Zink, a founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and longtime La Plata County rancher, died Friday from complications of a heart attack. He was 71. Family...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public insurance option could lower costs for Connect for Health customers

The state of Colorado proposed an insurance option this week that could offer relief to residents paying some of the highest insurance premiums. The new public insurance option could lower premium...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sewage treatment plant nears completion; will it pass the smell test?

The Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility, the largest construction project in city history, is nearing completion and sending cleaner water into the Animas River. But the smell of human waste...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District forum highlights new security personnel, investments

A Durango School District 9-R forum about school safety Wednesday highlighted how the district is investing in new equipment, training and personnel, in addition to weighing whether to arm school...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding granted to build 40-unit complex for disabled homeless residents

Disabled homeless residents in Durango could be moving out of their tents and into a new 40-unit apartment complex within two years. Housing Solutions for the Southwest announced Tuesday the...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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