Position: City & health 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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Suicide prevention bill passes Colorado Legislature

A bill that will provide schools with grant funding for suicide prevention programs was approved by the state Legislature on the last day of the session this week. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan,...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless residents move into new camp

A new temporary camp for homeless residents is filling up west of downtown Durango near the base of Hogsback Mountain. Residents earlier this week set up tents and tarps for shade on the barren...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans for Second Avenue hotels move forward

Plans for two six-story hotels on East Second Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets are moving forward. The project was approved in 2014, but it was delayed by financing, Assistant Community...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two hotels, medical building proposed for Escalante Drive

Two hotels and a medical building are proposed along Escalante Drive between Home Depot and Walmart. The city’s Design Review Board approved the project on Wednesday after offering the architects...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

One of two suicide-prevention bills may win approval

One measure to fund suicide prevention in schools failed in the Colorado Senate this week, but a similar measure could win approval before the state’s legislative session ends today. State Rep....

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado bill would start grants for suicide prevention in schools

More suicide prevention funding could be available to school districts across the state if a bill pending in the Colorado Senate is approved. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, Sen. Don...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Big bucks spent in LPEA election, but no disclosures required

La Plata Electric Association campaign ads, yards signs and mailers have flooded the area in recent weeks, but the total amount of money being raised and spent in the race for four open board seats...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tennis courts near completion at Fort Lewis College

Four new tennis courts at Fort Lewis College are expected to be complete by June. The $389,000 project is expected to help meet demand from tennis players who fill up existing courts at the Mason...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Senate committee kills mentorship program for principals

A bill that would have created a mentorship program to build the leadership skills of Colorado principals died in a Senate committee this week. Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, and Jim Wilson,...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango approves a nontraditional subdivision

A proposed subdivision that has raised some controversy near Florida Road and Colorado Avenue won over city officials this week. A few Durango city councilors praised the courtyard design of the...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango commits to timeline for opening new homeless camp

The city of Durango committed to opening a new homeless camp adjacent to the Durango Dog Park by June 30 at the latest in a letter to the La Plata County commissioners. La Plata County needs to...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council approves vision for north Main, Camino del Rio

The vision for a walkable and safe north Main Avenue and Camino del Rio is complete. Durango City Council unanimously approved the new plan for the well-traveled corridors Tuesday. Executive...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News