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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Durango Business Improvement District working on expansion

Durango’s Business Improvement District, a property-taxing district, is working to expand its boundaries along north Main Avenue to increase its revenue and the services it could offer businesses...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Health Alliance to see startup savings through new partnership

A cooperative forming to reduce health insurance costs in Southwest Colorado – Southwest Health Alliance – is teaming up with similar groups to drive down startup costs. The cooperative model was...

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

Hyperbaric chambers encourage the healing of chronic wounds

A wound in Durangoan Jim Harvey’s foot caused an infection that nearly killed him six years ago. Now, he is battling a wound in the same spot that he expects will close faster and heal without a...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Report: Former La Plata County priests among those guilty of abuse

Two Catholic priests who worked in Durango and Ignacio had histories of sexual abuse involving young boys that ran deeper than previously publicly known, according to a report released Wednesday...

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

City of Durango likely to restore nonprofit funding

Durango City Council expects to restore funding for nonprofits next year after it was slashed dramatically in the 2019 budget. City Council also expects to ease restrictions to allow nonprofits in...

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

And the $70,000 study says ... homeless camping and resources would help

Creating an outdoor camp and a centralized location for homeless residents to access services are among the ideas consultants will present next week in Durango. The ideas could become part of a...

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

City of Durango names acting finance director amid investigation

The city of Durango has named an acting finance director to replace Julie Brown who resigned last week amid an investigation into an alleged misappropriation of public funds. Devon Schmidt, the...

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

Survey seeks input on school security, arming guards in Durango

Durango School District 9-R is asking parents, students, staff and community members to weigh in on new school security measures – such as arming school security guards, paying for school resource...

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

Knots, knives and hatchets – not just for boys anymore

Girls are joining the boys in scouts in La Plata County this year, learning to split firewood, backpack and lead their peers. The change is part of a nationwide shift for the Boy Scouts of America,...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College enrollment flat, but showing signs of growth

Fort Lewis College enrollment is flat compared with last year, but college officials say the numbers also show signs of the growth. This fall 3,308 students are attending FLC compared with 3,317...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango pancreatic cancer patient beating the odds

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, Durangoan Tom Riesing has beaten the odds for survival by seeking out a blend of effective nontraditional treatments. Only 9% of pancreatic...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Ed Zink – bicyclist, rancher and Durango native – dies at 71

Ed Zink, a founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and longtime La Plata County rancher, died Friday from complications of a heart attack. He was 71. Family...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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