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Position: Herald staff writer


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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Alcohol drives rise in traffic deaths in Colorado

Despite a growing stigma around drunken driving, the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths rose in Colorado in 2016. Last year, 608 people died on the road, marking a 10-year high, according to...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango plans to leave transit service for residents with disabilities untouched

Several Durango residents were pleased to learn Wednesday night that door-to-door city bus service for those with disabilities will be preserved. “I couldn’t do anything without the opportunity...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango seeks feedback on cuts to transit budget, services

Residents who use the city’s buses may have fewer route options in April because the city needs to cut up to $1.5 million from the transit budget. The city will hold an open house tonight to gather...

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

Five things to know about Colorado Connect for Health open enrollment

Federal funding cuts to insurance offered by state health care exchanges have raised questions about the coverage that would be available next year. While some people will see prices change,...

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

Durango sets sights on affordable housing solutions

The cost of buying and renting a home in Durango has escalated steeply in recent years, and rent in the city limits is now on par with Aspen and Steamboat Springs, City of Durango Planner Mark...

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

Townhomes planned for Three Springs, but how much will they cost?

Timberline Builders could break ground on 23 new attainably priced townhouses as soon as next summer in Three Springs. But as prices rise, it’s unclear what attainable pricing may look like a year...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Voter turnout low in election that could raise taxes in parts of La Plata County

Voter turnout is expected to be low in the upcoming election that could raise property taxes to fund the Durango Fire Protection District. Durango School District 9-R board of directors has three...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposal to limit vacation rentals in Durango city limits put on hold

A proposal to block vacation rentals from opening in some areas of Durango slated for redevelopment has been shelved for now. It was one of several land-use code amendments the Durango Planning...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango drafts affordable housing plan

The city’s recently released draft Durango Housing Plan lays out strategies to encourage construction and to address the increasingly unaffordable housing market. The city of Durango is aiming to...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rendezvous Doughnuts on east 5th offers handmade treats

Brown butter vanilla bean and sea-salted caramel with house-cured bacon are some of the unique flavors at Rendezvous Doughnuts. “What I want to do is raise Durango’s palate for high-quality...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Eight starving dogs rescued in La Plata County

Eight starving dogs on the brink of death made a full recovery at the La Plata County Humane Society after they were seized from a home in rural La Plata County. “This was a clear case of abuse and...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ken Charles awarded for years of service in economic development

Hospital expansions, roads and preschools are among the hundreds of projects Ken Charles of Durango has worked on during his 29 years as a regional manager for the Colorado Department of Local...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business