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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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

State opioid measures aim to address opioids as deaths continue to rise

New state laws seek to prevent patients from developing an opioid addition, expand access to addiction treatment and direct lawmakers to continue studying the problem for two more years. The scope...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College softball complex dedicated

The newly renovated softball complex at Fort Lewis College was dedicated Friday by city and college officials. “These fields are glorious,” Mayor Sweetie Marbury said. Marbury threw several...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Effort to recall Commissioner Gwen Lachelt cost county tens of thousands

The effort to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt cost the county government about $31,000. The campaign to recall Lachelt ended last week after petitioners fell 36 signatures short of...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Republican candidate for House District 59 won’t appear on primary ballot

A Republican who planned to challenge state Rep. Barbara McLachlan in House District 59 did not make the primary ballot. Joe Brinkerhoff of Durango would have been unopposed in the Republican...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield may tap reserve water in Vallecito Reservoir

Exceptional drought conditions could force the town of Bayfield to tap into its reserve water storage this summer in Vallecito Reservoir. The town usually relies on water in the Los Pinos Ditch,...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango refuses to accept new bulk water customers

La Plata County residents who need potable water during the summer drought will need to find it somewhere other than the city of Durango, unless they are already water dock customers. The city...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three bears euthanized for breaking into homes

A bear and her two yearlings were trapped and euthanized Tuesday after breaking into multiple homes during the past three weeks in Durango. The bears had either broken into or attempted to break...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six new hotels planned for Durango

Durango appears on the cusp of experiencing a hotel boom, with six proposed lodges in the planning process that would add up to 450 rooms to the town. The boom comes shortly after the completion of...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quick air attack, hot-shot crews helped subdue 358 Fire

Hitting the 358 Fire northeast of Durango hard and fast with helicopters, planes and a hot-shot crew helped control and contain it. The fire was started on private property Friday afternoon by...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News