Position: City & health 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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Increased marketing aims to bring in tourists

Marketing efforts will ramp up this summer in an effort to reverse the financial harm caused by the 416 Fire and bring tourists to Durango. Durango’s streets have been fairly quiet in recent weeks...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy targets emerging epidemic of fragile bone fractures

Mercy Regional Medical Center is aiming to reduce the number of broken bones osteoporosis patients suffer as the population ages. The National Orthopedic Association describes the 2 million...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Four-story building with 42 condos planned for Main Avenue

A mixed-use building that could house 42 new condominiums and commercial space could be built next spring in the 1100 block of Main Avenue. The four-story building would take the place of three...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home construction could disturb open space near Riverview Elementary

Riverview-area residents are concerned a proposed house will disturb a steep hillside at the end of East Seventh Avenue. The home could be built on private property adjacent to well-traveled open...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata River dries up early in drought year

The La Plata River dried up in May when runoff from snowpack would normally have been making its way from Hesperus to the New Mexico line. The dry river bed near Breen is a stark reminder of the...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Raft trip to support teen suicide prevention

Rafters will float the Animas River on Wednesday to help prevent teen suicide. Mild to Wild and First United Methodist Church will host the second annual Raft for Hope event to support counseling...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thermal imaging guides 416 Fire decisions

Aerial infrared maps tell the striking story of how the intense flames of the 416 Fire consumed 7,180 acres in eight days. The precise images taken by U.S. Forest Service planes each night help to...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke may be here for a while. Is it dangerous?

Heavy smoke is expected to blanket the region during the late evenings and early mornings for as long as the 416 Fire roars through the San Juan National Forest north of Durango. With it come fine...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City won’t study uranium health risks before opening homeless camp

A planned homeless camp expected to open near the Durango Dog Park may pose health risks to residents, but the city does not plan to assess potential hazards before allowing people to sleep on the...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango repeals limits on jury trials

Durango City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal a law that prohibited residents facing a fine for low-level criminal offenses from requesting a jury trial. The American Civil Liberties...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango reservoir shy of capacity after dam repairs

Crews finished long-awaited repairs to stop minor erosion at the city of Durango reservoir this spring, but the city is waiting for approval to top off the reservoir. In 2014, city staff discovered...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango hopes to avoid water restrictions during drought

The city of Durango hopes to avoid restricting residents’ water usage this summer and instead work with its four largest water users if the drought worsens. Hillcrest Golf Club, Durango School...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News