Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

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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City: Condemnation never threatened to build Animas River Trail north

The city of Durango never used the threat of condemnation while planning the northern extension of the Animas River Trail as alleged by a resident, Durango’s Parks and Recreation director told a...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Affordable housing waiting list to open for new applicants

High demand for affordable housing kept a Southwest Colorado nonprofit from opening its waiting list for federally funded housing vouchers for residents with disabilities for seven years. But the...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple living near Oxford may have died in murder-suicide

Two people are suspected to have died in a murder-suicide Sunday afternoon south of Oxford, according to the La Plata County Coroner. Coroner Jann Smith identified Gloria Casias, 63, and her...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irene Barry knew what to do when a gunman entered her school

Irene Barry is on a mission to promote active-shooter training after living through the December 2017 shooting at Aztec High School. Barry, an English teacher who lives in La Plata County, couldn’t...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Youth screened regularly for vision, hearing. What about mental health?

Universal mental health screenings in Colorado schools could be one way to address the growing problem of youth suicide. The basic tests could function like vision and hearing screenings to alert...

DATE: March 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide-prevention bill would allow youths 12 and up to seek their own care

Children as young as 12 may be allowed to seek mental health care without their parents’ consent if a bill pending this year in the Colorado state Legislature is approved. The proposed law, HB 19...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Has snowy winter delivered economic rebound from 416 Fire?

A wet winter is helping jump-start the Durango economy after the 416 Fire. Deep snow is drawing more skiers and snowboarders this winter to Purgatory Resort compared with last year, and more...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

With China no longer accepting, businesses look at new markets for recycling

Southwest Coloradans are developing new businesses that could accept organic materials and recyclable glass as part of a statewide effort to divert more waste from landfills. Across Colorado, $265...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should vaping have the same rules as smoking in public?

A state measure to ban vaping in public spaces could curb teen use in Southwest Colorado. A revision to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act would add vaping to existing state prohibitions against...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Warm, wet weather expected to arrive Wednesday

Weather forecasters say a warm, wet storm will move into Southwest Colorado midday Wednesday bringing rain and snow. “I think a good chunk of it will be rain,” said Dennis Phillips, meteorologist...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drivers dodge, swerve and – #$@%*! – to avoid potholes

Wet weather and freezing temperatures are wreaking havoc on roads across the region, taking a toll on vehicles. Drivers are forced to dodge potholes on both sides of the road for about half a mile...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Earthquake recorded near Dove Creek, felt near Durango

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake hit an area north of Dove Creek on Monday morning and was felt by residents more than 82 miles away on Lightner Creek Road. “It was like somebody had a hold of your chair...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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