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 School District 9-R approves loan for new Juniper School buildings

The Juniper School will likely receive a loan of up to $400,000 from Durango School District 9-R to fund its move into two Tech Center buildings. The district voted 4-0 on Tuesday to approve the...

DATE: May 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Middle school students develop strengths to handle challenges

Miller Middle School students gathered eagerly in the school’s auditorium Friday to calm down their breath and color together, practices intended to improve school culture and bolster mental...

DATE: May 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can greater focus on culture improve graduation rates among Native Americans?

Gail Tahhahwah moved to Durango from Oklahoma two years ago and began looking for ways for her family to become involved with the Native American community. Tahhahwah, who is Comanche, Kiowa and...

DATE: May 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monopolies drive health care costs in Southwest Colorado

A slew of new state measures could help lower health care costs in Southwest Colorado, where hospital monopolies are associated with high insurance prices. A recent report by Colorado Health...

DATE: May 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Patio Restaurant in Ignacio sells

The Patio Restaurant in Ignacio closed in April for what owner Emily Meisner thought would be a short cleaning, but it turned into new ownership for the long-standing establishment. The restaurant...

DATE: May 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Friends, family to memorialize Rob Kabeary, co-owner of Bread, at Iron Horse

Friends and family of Rob Kabeary will ride the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Saturday in memory of the founder and co-owner of Bread bakery in Durango. Kabeary died suddenly in December from a...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn to protect their minds from toxic stress

Big Picture High School sophomore Ava Aragon taught her peers how to focus on the flame of a candle this spring to help them calm down. The lesson was part of a class focused on understanding...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Town of Bayfield invests $30,000 in drought plan

While the region was blessed with a wet winter and spring, the town of Bayfield is investing in a plan to guide the town in dry times. “Even though we’re getting dumped on right now, it’s not going...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort to open for skiing Saturday, Sunday

Purgatory Resort plans to open Saturday and Sunday for skiing to allow powder hounds to enjoy the fresh snow the area is expected to receive through Thursday. Snow is expected to be followed by...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spring storm zaps Durango, Mancos and Cortez with snow

A spring storm brought snow Monday morning to much of Southwest Colorado, including Durango, with the wet weather expected to continue through the day. The storm delivered about 5 inches in...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans from five wars share stories of service, loss

Five wars, from World War II to conflicts in Iraq, changed five local veterans, forcing them to mature into adults and leaving them with memories most civilians can’t comprehend. World War II...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Slew of new businesses coming to Main Avenue

Spring is a time for growth and renewal, an ethos apparently taken to heart in the downtown business district, with several new businesses sprouting with the season. Here’s a look at some of the...

DATE: May 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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