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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Pediatric Partners screens for risk, teaches resiliency

Dr. Heidi McMillan wanted to offer integrated behavioral health care at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest about five years ago to help meet the needs of patients and to address the shortage of...

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

Durango nonprofit offers loans to purchase manufactured homes

Prospective manufactured homebuyers can struggle to find a loan, but a Durango nonprofit is offering a new financing option. For the first time, HomesFund , a Durango-based nonprofit, is offering...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Liberty School shows off new digs in west Durango

The Liberty School students and staff moved into a permanent home this semester after operating in five different buildings over the last 11 years. The private school ’s new building in west...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Connections are key to preventing youth suicide across La Plata County

Emma Harmon wasn’t planning to try to take her life when she started driving north on U.S. Highway 550 one February night in a snowstorm. “I just felt so out of control, at that point. It was like...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four nonprofits receive $70,000 in grants for health, wellness

Four local nonprofits were awarded tens of thousands of dollars in grants Thursday that will be used to improve and expand wellness services in La Plata County. Rocky Mountain Health Foundation ,...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Author and activist Chuck Collins to address inequality

The growing problem of inequality nationally and how to solve it will be the focus of three upcoming talks. Inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins is the great-grandson of meat-packer Oscar...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire station approved for upgrades in north Durango

Durango Planning Commission unanimously approved plans Monday for a new fire station to replace an existing station on east 32nd Street. Durango Fire Protection District ’s 1,000-square-foot Fire...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Immigration reform ‘caravan’ passes through Durango, Mancos

The experiences of four women living in sanctuary across Colorado, including one in Mancos, have helped lay the foundation for proposed immigration reforms. A small group of advocates protested...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit envisions village for homeless, impoverished

A proposed village could provide residents experiencing poverty and homelessness a chance at homeownership. Community Compassion Outreach , a new nonprofit in Durango, envisions a 10- to 15-unit...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring to retire

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring announced he will retire in September 2019. Dreyspring was hired by the co-op in 2014 and has lead it through political shifts on the board, the...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA studies power alternatives to wholesale supplier

La Plata Electric Association is exploring alternatives to purchasing power from its wholesale power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. Tri-State caps how much renewable power LPEA...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman with prosthetic limb to climb volcano in Ecuador

Almost four years after making the decision to amputate her lower leg, Durangoan Bee Mathis is planning to climb one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes. She was selected to climb Cotopaxi, a...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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