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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Longtime Durango philanthropist and orchid conservationist dies

Beatrice “Mickie” Thurston, a Durango philanthropist who supported the environment, archaeology and the arts, died last week at home on her farm south of town. She was 86. “She was brilliant, but...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man living full life after pancreatic cancer diagnosis

When it seemed likely that Durangoan Tom Riesing had pancreatic cancer in 2013, one of his doctors apologized profusely to his wife, Mindy Iris. “He was basically shutting the door on any hope,”...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tiny home village near Escalante draws strong interest

The developer of a proposed tiny home village across the street from Escalante Middle School expects to see strong demand from potential residents after it starts accepting reservation applications...

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

Smelter Mountain reopens for paragliding

Smelter Mountain was open for legal paragliding for the first time since 2010 on Saturday. “It was a little bumpy. It was a little what they call thermic, but it was good,” said Austin Lashley, who...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will hold, transport juveniles

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for transporting juvenile suspects to a detention center in Grand Junction and holding them for short periods after the state abruptly closed...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton railroad repairing damage from mudslides

Owners of Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad say they hope to begin running trips from the depot downtown Sept. 17 after weeks of offering a modified route because debris and mud washed out...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Camp closure leaves Durango’s homeless without options

The city’s decision to close a homeless camp near Greenmount Cemetery last week has left some homeless residents feeling angry and exasperated with nowhere to sleep overnight. “They are violating...

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

Durango firefighter, paramedic dies after decades of service

Former Durango paramedic and firefighter Mike Jones, 64, died unexpectedly this week leaving behind a legacy of compassion. For many years at Durango Fire, new paramedics were required to work...

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

Residents propose ideas for public art installation on Hwy. 550/160

Mountains are likely to be featured in a new art installation planned for the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection, but there’s still much to be determined about the design of the piece. Residents...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Film about Hunter S. Thompson to start shooting next week in Silverton

Crew members working on a film about author and counterculturist Hunter S. Thompson’s run for Pitkin County sheriff are starting to arrive in Silverton, and filming is expected to start next week. ...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Art commission approves butterfly mural in north Durango

The Durango Public Art Commission on Tuesday approved funding for a new mural on the Think Network Technologies building in the 3000 block of north Main Avenue. The proposed mural features...

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

Housing Solutions loans can help flood victims

When mud flooded Dixie Sandoval’s home in 2013, the damage was so extensive she thought she would have to find a new home. The flood was caused from the culverts behind her home in the Arboles...

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

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