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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Durango sewer plant one-third complete, on schedule

The largest construction project in city history, the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility, must improve the quality of water returning to the Animas River by March to meet state regulations....

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

Oxbow Park brims with wildlife, including returning birds, study shows

Year after year, the same black-headed grosbeak returns from Mexico to the Oxbow Park and Preserve, where he’s been netted three times as part of a study of birds at the site near the northern city...

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

Durango Planning Commission approves city housing plan

Last year, the city permitted more than 350 housing units, setting a record high, and it’s looking to encourage more residential construction with market-friendly policies. Members of the Durango...

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

As home prices rise, fewer residents benefit from mortgage assistance in Southwest Colorado

Mortgage assistance through the HomesFund is designed to help working families buy homes, but as housing prices rise, it is tougher for the nonprofit to aid residents. The number of households the...

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

Freenotes Harmony Park in Durango moving some operations to Georgia

Durango-based Freenotes Harmony Park will cease manufacturing its large outdoor instruments in town this year. Playcore, a Tennessee-based company, bought Freenotes Harmony Park in 2016 and plans...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Flu hospitalizations are high across Colorado

If you were sick over the holidays, you were not alone. Flu season is hitting hard in Colorado. Three to four times more people have been hospitalized than usual and the trend isn’t slowing down,...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Main Avenue boutique closing after almost 11 years in Durango

After almost 11 years, Blu, a women’s clothing boutique on Main Avenue, plans to close this month. “It’s real sad. We love this place, we love this store, we love our customers. We have had an...

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

Grants aim to help address behavioral health care shortage

To address the shortage of behavioral health care in the region, social work students in Durango are receiving additional training and stipends from a federal grant. This school year, 11 students...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Enrollment in Colorado health exchange increased this year

Enrollment in the state health exchange is strong regionally and statewide, despite federal efforts in 2017 to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including the recent elimination of a tax penalty...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed group to study long-term future of La Plata Electric Association

The long-term future of La Plata Electric Association is likely to be the focus of a new subcommittee that would explore options for purchasing more renewable energy, among other initiatives. The...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man to compete in Mongolian motorcycle challenge

Durangoan Tom Thompson, a longtime amateur motorcycle competitor, will represent the U.S. at an international challenge held by BMW in Mongolia this summer. Thompson, 55, will compete in the BMW...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low-income victims of crime eligible for housing assistance

Victims of crime who are homeless or struggling to pay for housing in Southwest Colorado may be eligible for short-term funding thanks to a new program started by local nonprofits. In August,...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News