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Position: Herald staff writer


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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City likely to raise sewer, trash and recycling rates next year

Durango residents are likely to get a larger utility bill next year so that the city of Durango can pay for sewer projects and sustainability efforts. The average monthly utility bill is expected...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Patricia Shadell remembered by friends and family at vigil

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday evening at a candlelight a vigil remembering Patricia “Tricia” Shadell, who died by suicide Monday. Friends and family huddled together at the gazebo in Rotary...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Rides offers door-to-door service in La Plata County

Southwest Rides is helping more La Plata County residents make it to their medical appointments by offering rides. The new service , through Southwest Center for Independence, started in July and...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suffering soil may cause city to make changes to organic parks program

Unhealthy turf at some of the organically treated parks in the city may prompt Durango city councilors to return some to conventionally maintained parks. Park Elementary’s field and Needham Park...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents rank streets, sidewalks as high priorities

Durango residents have told city leaders that improved streets and sidewalks and storm water management top the priorities that they want the city to address most immediately. That information...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman aims to improve cancer diagnosis in Uganda

Durangoan Nichole Baker is helping to bring better and earlier disease diagnosis, particularly for cancer patients, to Uganda, a country with only 18 pathologists. While training pathology...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New art coming to intersection where Arc of History once stood

The city of Durango is looking for public art to adorn the long narrow medians near the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection, where the controversial Arc of History was once located. The city...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Volunteers of America shelter guests share recovery stories

Skip Ferguson, a Vietnam veteran, came to the Durango Community Shelter in 2012 after 17 years of “chasing around his emotions.” After staying at the Volunteers of America shelter for several...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property tax increase wins by a landslide

A property tax increase for the Durango Fire Protection District won by a landslide Tuesday. About 73 percent of city voters supported the increase, and 70 percent of La Plata County voters in the...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fireworks, community celebration planned for Veterans Day

Durango will mark Veterans Day with fireworks and a community celebration at the Durango Transit Center after the annual parade on Main Avenue, and several events will be held at Fort Lewis...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf Creek Ski Area approved for new lift

Next season, skiers and snowboarders at Wolf Creek Ski Area could spend less time shuffling back to the Alberta Lift after venturing too far east. The U.S. Forest Service announced the approval...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Urinetown: The Musical’ raises questions about regulation

The freedom to pee in “Urinetown: The Musical” helped start a conversation with local officials about regulations and planning for the future following a performance of the show on Sunday. The show...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News