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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Crow Canyon seeks answers to humanity’s biggest questions

Among the kivas, pit houses and other remnants of prehistoric humans in the Four Corners, archaeologists at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center are looking for clues to learn how ancient people...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County tests camera-equipped radar trailers

Camera-equipped radar speed trailers in La Plata County could haunt a driver’s record rather than just flash a reminder to “slow down.” La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said his office is testing...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Center for Independence closes after break-in

A man has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into the Southwest Center for Independence in Durango. In addition to burglary, he is suspected of causing minor damage to the offices and possibly...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Laser therapy offers lasting relief for muscle, nerve pain

Durangoan Kristin Gerela tried physical therapy, massages and chiropractic adjustments to relieve her neck pain before receiving laser therapy treatment. “This was the fastest response and the best...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Soccer skills camp aims to bring sport to rural students

Animas Valley Elementary students rushed onto the soccer field en masse Wednesday to practice drills with their friends through a free pilot program to bring the sport to La Plata County kids. Rio...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposition CC asks voters to give up tax refunds for education, transportation

Statewide ballot question Proposition CC could send millions of dollars in additional funding to K-12 schools, higher education and transportation, but it is unknown how much money could reach La...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Law enforcement cold on arming guards at Durango schools

Law enforcement has cautioned Durango School District 9-R board members against arming civilian security officers with firearms. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith, Durango Police Chief Bob Brammer...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango developers launch social media app meant to protect kids

The fun and convenience of social media apps such as Snapchat and Instagram can be tainted with risk of addiction and explicit content, which is why two Durango developers launched a new social...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fourth graders explore ancient Colorado life through real artifacts

Needham Elementary fourth graders hurled balls through the air with hand-held launchers last week to learn the mechanics of ancient spear throwing tools used by archaic Native Americans. Ball...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Real-time energy market could help Tri-State develop renewables

Southwest Colorado’s power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a utility widely criticized for its coal-powered electricity generation, plans to join a new market that is expected to...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State Rep. Barbara McLachlan celebrates ag with eighth graders

Escalante Middle School eighth graders stirred bubbling peach jam and pear honey in an agriculture class Friday as State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, observed and jumped in to help. McLachlan...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless campers to relocate south of downtown Durango

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will move homeless campers next week from an area west of downtown Durango to an area south of downtown Durango to address residents’ concerns about trash and...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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