Position: City & health 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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Got something to say? Say it fast at Durango City Council meetings

One of Sweetie Marbury’s first official actions as Durango mayor was to reduce the amount of time residents can speak at City Council meetings, from five minutes to three minutes. Marbury, who took...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teens with health challenges learn to support each other through peer mentorship

Emmie Best was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 7 years old, and at first, she had trouble accepting her diagnosis or telling anyone about it. “The first thing I thought someone would...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Residents near 358 Fire prepare to leave

Residents near the “358 Fire” were nervously preparing to evacuate Friday afternoon and watching the smoke from the blaze near Sunrise Lane and County Road 245, northeast of Durango. The fire was...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, cyclists to remember coach who wore tutu

A group of Iron Horse Bicycle Classic riders will don tutus Saturday in memory of Tricia Shadell, a Durango mountain bike coach who died by suicide in November. The Durango DEVO and Every Pedal...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fire using tax increase to hire staff, make improvements

The property tax increase voters overwhelming approved in the November election has helped the Durango Fire Protection District move forward to hire staff, buy new vehicles and remodel a fire...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Memorial nears completion for fallen Blue Angels pilot

A memorial for Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a Durango native and Blue Angels pilot, is nearing completion in Tennessee. “It sounds like it’s going to be a beautiful tribute to his life and to the Blue...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Transit leaves some neighborhoods unserved

Almost two weeks ago the city of Durango eliminated bus routes to the west side of town, leaving some residents with few options and others with a new alternative. City officials say the outcry...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

CDOT plans to break ground next year on interchange project

Work to connect the Bridge to Nowhere with U.S. Highway 550 could start in 2019, state highway officials say. The $99.6 million realignment of the highway will eliminate Farmington Hill, a steep...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Designs refined for miniature homes for homeless residents

Plans to house the homeless with miniature homes in Durango are taking shape. Community Compassion Outreach , a Durango group, will present updated design plans for the homes Saturday and outline...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

No evidence of wrongdoing found during LPEA election

La Plata Electric Association said Wednesday there is no evidence members’ addresses were improperly shared during the recent campaign – repeating a statement it has made since Saturday’s election....

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council bans sitting, lying on sidewalks

Durango City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits anyone from sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks, curbs and other public areas. The law will provide another...

DATE: May 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lake Nighthorse dedication honors years of hard work

Officials gathered Monday to celebrate the opening of Lake Nighthorse and the 50 years of work behind the reservoir that sits in Ridges Basin, southwest of downtown Durango. “My heart is full...

DATE: May 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News