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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Animas High School students learn about suicide prevention

Animas High School students educated community members Monday about the importance of relationships in suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health. “Nobody is exempted from the right to...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

How many homeless in Durango? Survey attempts to find out

Homeless Durango resident Thomas Murray has been camping without a tent in cold temperatures dipping below zero. “My hands and feet get the coldest,” he said. He was living in a Chrysler...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cost of living outpaces a rising minimum wage

Minimum wage has been rising in Colorado since 2017, but the increases have not kept pace with the cost of living in La Plata County. The state minimum wage was $8.31 in 2016, and it is scheduled...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City explores lifting lot restrictions for accessory dwelling units

More residents may have the right to build rental apartments on their property in Durango neighborhoods if the city lifts rules on minimum lot sizes. Durango City Council asked city planners to...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High students promote mental health

Animas High School seniors will unveil their efforts to promote mental health and suicide prevention Monday at a Community of Resilience event. The students developed the event, as well as a film,...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Liquor stores feel pinch from grocery store beer sales

A month after grocery stores started selling full-strength beer in Colorado, some independently owned liquor stores in La Plata County are already feeling the pain. The owners of Helen’s Country...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health exchange sees healthy interest, but residents call for reform

Southwest Colorado residents and state lawmakers want to see health insurance reform, even as an increased number of Coloradans signed up this year for the state health care exchange. In western...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Salvation Army opens office in Durango

A Salvation Army service center, which will offer social services in La Plata County, opened an office this month in west Durango. The impending arrival of a service center sparked controversy last...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Subdivision in northeast Durango plans expansion

Developers of Mountain Trace, a neighborhood under construction in northeast Durango, want to expand the subdivision from 84 approved homes to 138. Shaw LTD, the owner of the property, and Reynolds...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Images offer glimpses into the lives of Durango High students

Images lining a fence in front of Durango High School offer a glimpse of the world through a teenager’s eyes. The large banners were produced from photographs taken by DHS digital photography...

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

Close to $1 million in city fees could bolster affordable housing

The city of Durango expects to generate close to $1 million in the next few years from fair-share housing fees, a windfall that could help the city achieve affordable housing goals. Fair-share...

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

Neighborhood network keeps seniors in homes for longer

Yard work, child care and assistance after surgery are just a small sampling of the tasks Dalton Ranch neighbors will be doing for each other through a new nonprofit called the North Animas...

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

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