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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Who oversees Durango’s ever-expanding public art collection?

Some Durangoans embrace public art with a simple smile, a quick selfie or by adorning it with artistic variations of their own, such as placing flags on sculptures for the Fourth of July. Others...

DATE: June 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Internet options likely to improve in Bayfield

Internet service in Bayfield is likely to improve in the coming year as companies plan expansions in the area. Brainstorm Internet, a wireless internet provider, and FastTrack Communications, an...

DATE: June 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

CBD oil promises pain, anxiety relief to Durango dogs

When Stretch, a 12-year-old pit bull mix, developed a cancerous tumor in his hip, his owner searched for anything that might help relieve the dog’s pain. “It was quite painful, and conventional...

DATE: June 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New laws aim to protect renters facing eviction, uninhabitable homes

Renters living in uninhabitable conditions or facing eviction have more protections after the Colorado Legislature and governor approved bills that could help prevent people from losing their...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District explores fundraising options to cover stadium loan

Durango School District 9-R Superintendent Dan Snowberger outlined possible fundraising efforts Monday to pay off the annual loan for the Durango High School stadium. This year, district officials...

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center opens breast milk donation center

New moms in La Plata County may now share their excess milk with newborns in need through a new donation center at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Some of the earliest meals for sick newborns at...

DATE: June 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango High School athletics scrambles to cover stadium loan

Durango School District 9-R failed to raise enough money to cover an annual loan payment for a stadium renovation completed in 2016 at Durango High School, which has left the district scrambling to...

DATE: May 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignite Gymnastics opening in Ignacio

Ignacio kids and teens have a new place to hone their gymnastics and wresting skills at the Education Literacy Health Inspiration Community Center. Longtime gymnastics coach Elizabeth Herring...

DATE: May 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn about veterinary science by raising lambs

Call it a nice send-off to the end of the school year. Escalante Middle School eighth graders this week cuddled young lambs swaddled in towels as part of a veterinary science class. The seven...

DATE: May 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves bonds to remodel Tamarin Square

La Plata County commissioners approved about $2.9 million in bonds this week to help remodel and preserve an apartment complex on East Third Avenue as affordable housing. Tamarin Square, a 68-unit...

DATE: May 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Bayfield primary school to fill up with nonprofits, clinic

The former Bayfield Primary School will soon be bustling again with students, children, health care providers and nonprofit volunteers. New organizations and nonprofits are moving into the former...

DATE: May 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tri-State turns down hundreds of millions in renewable energy investment

Guzman Energy, a private power provider, wants to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to build renewable energy generation that would serve residents in Southwest Colorado and beyond. However,...

DATE: May 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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