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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Is Durango denying civil rights to homeless?

The city of Durango outlawed camping on all city property earlier this year – a practice ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court when people have nowhere else to go. In a legal...

DATE: July 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Clothing and home goods shop opens in Cortez

A clothing and home goods shop has opened on East Main Street in Cortez and aims to offer shoppers more retail choice. The space formerly home to ImageNet Consulting was remodeled into a more open...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Suicide prevention campaign plans expansion

Suicide prevention messages are expected to blanket Montezuma and La Plata counties in September during an expanded reprise of last year’s successful campaign to encourage at-risk residents to seek...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Settlement in Tri-State buyout case may not help LPEA

Delta-Montrose Electric Association and Tri-State Transmission and Generation, Southwest Colorado’s wholesale electricity supplier, have reached a settlement in a dispute over how much DMEA will...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Insurance premiums may fall 30% for state health exchange customers

Residents in Southwest Colorado purchasing insurance from the state health care exchange next year could see the cost of their premiums fall an average of 30%. The state Division of Insurance...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service declares Doe Canyon Fire contained

The 2,560-acre Doe Canyon Fire, burning 10 miles southeast of Dove Creek, has been contained, fire officials said. The fire will continue to smolder, but it will not grow, said Lorena Williams,...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

UberEats in Durango: It’s fast. It’s good. But it will cost you.

Hungry at work? The convenience of big city food delivery has arrived in Durango. UberEats will deliver sandwiches, pizza or pancakes to your door. But it’ll cost you. Last week, The Durango...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Train, hotels and Mesa Verde reporting strong numbers

After the 416 Fire slowed tourism and spending last summer in Southwest Colorado, visitors are back in force filling hotels, rafts, train cars and Mesa Verde National Park. The Durango & Silverton...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New business teaching toddlers arts, crafts, cooking

Toddlers practiced their motor skills chopping bananas for fruit salad last week as part of the first week of classes offered through Rocky Mountain Arts for Tots, a new business. “And now you’re...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Motels converted into long-term housing on north Main Avenue

Life as a homeless camper “wasn’t easy” for Bella Brown. Once, while living outdoors near Durango, her tent collapsed in the snow. She propped it up with her walking sticks. Brown has been homeless...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Degree maps could save Pueblo Community College students money

A new agreement between Pueblo Community College and Fort Lewis College could save transfer students time and money on their degrees. The two schools designed maps for PCC students in 18 different...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA still pursuing buyout, despite Tri-State vote to seek federal regs

La Plata Electric Association is undeterred in exploring a buyout from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, even though a buyout may become more expensive after the wholesale energy supplier...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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