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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Grief care a crucial support for the bereaved

Tye McClish’s daughter, Lily, was 13 when she died by suicide in Moab, Utah, in January 2017. “The hardest thing for me is there is not going to be any more pictures. There is not going to be any...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unopposed candidates in La Plata County outline accomplishments, goals

Candidates for La Plata County coroner, assessor, surveyor, and clerk and recorder are running unopposed in the November election. The Durango Herald asked unopposed candidates to outline their...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

LGBTQ students find support within community

Many of Charlie Stein’s friends who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer have attempted suicide or considered it. Those feelings and attempts are not uncommon. A 2016 study found...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cultural identity, open conversations aid suicide prevention among Native Americans

For Veronica Krupnick, talking to other students about mental health and thoughts of suicide at Fort Lewis College was a healing experience. The 2017 FLC graduate started attending the Wellness...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Draft bill would provide incentives for fire mitigation

Homeowners living near open spaces could receive financial incentives for clearing brush, trees and other fire hazards from around their homes if draft legislation passes next year. The draft...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animal scientist Temple Grandin shares insights on animal fear, overbreeding

Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science, shared her insight into the sensory world that animals experience with equine enthusiasts and professionals Monday at the Strater Hotel. Grandin’s...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

9-year-old Bayfield girl faces terminal cancer diagnosis

Nine-year-old Jolean Scott spent the summer with her family swimming, going to the movies, making art projects and hanging out along the Animas River. In August, her life took a dramatic turn when...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Regional food hub planted in Cortez

A new distribution center under construction in Cortez will allow more food produced in Montezuma and La Plata counties to reach local consumers and children in need. A former 7,000-square-foot...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flu season hard to predict after record-setting year

After a record-setting flu season last year, public health officials say it is difficult to know if a similar season is approaching. While there are some indicators public health officials are...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Incumbents lead fundraising effort in state House, Senate races

Incumbent candidates running to represent Southwest Colorado in the state Legislature are out-fundraising their opponents as the November election nears. Financial disclosures from Sept. 13 through...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Want upgrades to U.S. Highway 160? CDOT says more funding would help

U.S. Highway 160 from Elmore’s Corner to Bayfield needs turning lanes, wider shoulders and other safety improvements that will require between $55 million to $65 million to build. The Colorado...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, Bayfield schools start new program to prevent suicide

When teens across the social spectrum, from band members to basketball stars, get involved in suicide prevention, more students are likely to consider asking adults for help. That is the premise...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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