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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Ticks likely to thrive in cool, wet conditions

This year’s cool, wet spring likely made life comfortable for ticks across the state and increased the chances of encountering one of the disease-carrying insects in Southwest Colorado. Already the...

DATE: June 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man hit by train in ‘serious’ condition; may face trespassing charges

A man hit Monday evening by a Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train was in “serious” condition Tuesday at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. Police said Max Benally, 46, and another man were...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police identify victim of fatal crash in west Durango

Police have identified the victim of a car crash who died early Sunday in west Durango as Kaila Craig, 19, of Durango. Craig was driving east on U.S. Highway 160 near the Twin Buttes subdivision...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police identify man found dead in stairwell

Police on Tuesday released the identity of a man found dead in a stairwell last week on Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Ferlando James, 32, was found Friday morning in the stairwell of a business...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn to find secrets hidden in human bones

Elementary school students studied the “bones” of Wild West outlaws for clues about age, gender, height and, ultimately, the identity of the “deceased,” just as professionals would. The bones –...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian injured in Durango by passing train

A pedestrian was injured about 5:30 p.m. Monday in north Durango after being hit by a Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train. Two men were close to the tracks as the train traveled south past 31st...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-speed internet finally arrives to village north of Purgatory Resort

The arrival of high-speed internet has been less than speedy for some residents in Southwest Colorado, including a small village near the La Plata-San Juan county line. But residents and businesses...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire east of Bayfield burns itself out

A lightning-caused wildfire that started on a steep hillside 5 miles east of Bayfield this weekend burned itself out Monday. The 256 Fire ran out of fuel after burning about one-tenth of an acre...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is banding together the answer to lowering health costs?

Ballooning health care prices in Southwest Colorado have outpaced other areas of the state for years. Now, an effort led by Local First is working to bring down health insurance costs across La...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home-grown CBD oil company grows as national market explodes

While other entrepreneurs were investing in marijuana after Colorado legalized it in 2012, the founders of 4 Corners Cannabis, a La Plata County company, keyed in on its lower-profile cousin, hemp....

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Hundreds call on Durango to honor commitment to organic parks

An online petition calling on the city to honor its commitment to organic park management has garnered hundreds of signatures in less than a week. The petition , started by the advocacy group...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Abortion fight likely to heat up in Colorado

The fight over abortion rights could heat up in coming years in Colorado as anti-abortion activists plan a state ballot question to limit late-term abortions amid a recent wave of abortion...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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