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.
Read More Hide

Durango City Council: Homeless camp rules must be upheld

Durango City Council agreed Tuesday rules governing the homeless camp at Greenmount Cemetery must be upheld. “If you can’t agree to them, then you need to leave. That is real life,” Mayor Sweetie...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Noise, traffic from 2 new hotels on East Second Avenue concern neighbors

Residents near two forthcoming six-story hotels on East Second Avenue south of College Drive are unhappy because the development will likely increase traffic, noise, dust and parking problems in an...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homeless camp protest extends to fourth day

Durango City Councilors expect to discuss homeless camping near Greenmount Cemetery on Tuesday, as residents of the site continue to protest the rules put in place by the city. The city requires...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care exchange rates stabilizing

Customers who purchase insurance through the state health care exchange could see smaller rate increases than in previous years, and some rates could decline. Across the state, insurance rates...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study looks at how burning, thinning improve forest health

Returning more of the San Juan National Forest to a healthy and resilient state will require more proactive thinning and managed fires. “When we have a resilient ecosystem, it reduces the potential...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Homeless campers protest city rules at site near Greenmount Cemetery

Homeless residents refused to take down their tents or leave their campsites Friday in protest of rules enforced by the city of Durango at a site near Greenmount Cemetery. The rules have caused...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District, Early Childhood Council to expand child care

Justice Wofford spent a month driving her daughter from her home in Mancos to River Mist preschool east of Durango so she could attend class at Fort Lewis College during the spring semester. In the...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County home sales in June strong despite 416 Fire

The 416 Fire could prompt a slight dip in real estate sales, but overall, the market is expected to remain strong. Second quarter real estate data reflecting sales from April to June didn’t show...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Fire, construction hurt Lake Nighthorse revenue

The 416 Fire and boat ramp reconstruction are likely responsible for lower-than-expected visitation and revenue at Lake Nighthorse this summer. The lake has generated about $60,123, and the city...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Highways 160 and 550 reopen after heavy rain forced mudslides

Floods and mudslides that emergency workers feared since rains started to hit the 416 Fire burn scar arrived Tuesday afternoon, with significant debris flows across U.S. Highway 550, railroad...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High Court decision could send internet sales taxes to Durango

The city of Durango could see some additional tax revenue thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on internet sales, but not enough to solve a projected municipal budget shortfall. The...

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado PBS celebrating America’s favorite novels

Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service is going to celebrate America’s most-loved works of fiction with local events in Durango this summer. Last year, PBS surveyed more than 7,000 people to...

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News