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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More people get serious about mocktails

Durango is steeped in alcohol. From Snowdown in the winter to San Juan Brew Fest in the summer, alcohol flows at high-profile weekend parties. But for people looking to take a break from the buzz,...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal grant seeks to boost regional internet service

Improved internet services could be available to Southwest Colorado’s rural residents over the next 10 years thanks to a $6.7 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission. Viasat, a...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango likely to wake up to white Christmas

Residents across Southwest Colorado are likely to wake up to a snowy Christmas morning and could see more during the day Wednesday. Durango was expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Luminarias will light up Fassbinder Park, not East Third Ave. on Christmas Eve

The soft glow of luminarias will not light East Third Avenue on Christmas Eve this year, but residents will be able to find a similar display just north of downtown in Fassbinder Park. More than...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis trustees approve new master’s program to license principals

The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve an online degree program to license principals. The Master of Arts in Education: Principal Leadership degree is expected to start in...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric votes to raise revenue; rate increase expected in April

La Plata Electric Association’s board voted this week to increase the co-op’s revenue by $3 million in 2020, a decision expected to increase rates in April. The revenue increase is needed to update...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Anti-gravity treadmill speeds healing of leg injuries

Lauren Loftis, a doctor in town, was training for her first marathon this year when she developed an inflamed tendon in her knee, a condition that felt like someone stabbing her with an ice pick. ...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Durango 9-R evaluating options for new schools, bond measure

Durango School District 9-R is taking a hard look at its aging buildings and floating some big ideas, such as replacing Miller Middle School, closing and selling Florida Mesa Elementary School, and...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sexting among Durango students sparks police investigation

The Durango Police Department has opened an investigation into inappropriate and explicit photographs shared on social media among Durango School District 9-R high school and middle school...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hepatitis A case reported in La Plata County

A La Plata County homeless resident has contracted hepatitis A, the first local case in a statewide outbreak, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. Statewide, the disease has sickened 308...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District votes to renew The Juniper School’s charter

The Durango School District 9-R board voted to renew The Juniper School’s charter Wednesday after some members expressed concerns last week about the school’s finances and its plan to buy a...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Creative District earns state certification

The state of Colorado certified the Durango Creative District this week, placing an official seal on a new effort to promote Durango’s innovative businesses, nonprofits and individuals. “Durango is...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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