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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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

Durango voters may be asked to approve tax increase this November

The city of Durango is considering asking voters to approve a tax increase in November to address a looming budget shortfall and pay for major construction projects. The city expects a budget...

DATE: May 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association members allege campaign mailing lists improperly shared

Some La Plata Electric Association members are concerned that customers’ addresses may have been inappropriately shared with a third party during the co-op’s election. During a meeting for LPEA...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association elects board members

IGNACIO – Britt Bassett, Kohler McInnis and Kirsten Skeehan were elected to the La Plata Electric Association board Saturday. It was a highly visible election that focused largely on how...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide prevention bill passes Colorado Legislature

A bill that will provide schools with grant funding for suicide prevention programs was approved by the state Legislature on the last day of the session this week. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan,...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless residents move into new camp

A new temporary camp for homeless residents is filling up west of downtown Durango near the base of Hogsback Mountain. Residents earlier this week set up tents and tarps for shade on the barren...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans for Second Avenue hotels move forward

Plans for two six-story hotels on East Second Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets are moving forward. The project was approved in 2014, but it was delayed by financing, Assistant Community...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two hotels, medical building proposed for Escalante Drive

Two hotels and a medical building are proposed along Escalante Drive between Home Depot and Walmart. The city’s Design Review Board approved the project on Wednesday after offering the architects...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

One of two suicide-prevention bills may win approval

One measure to fund suicide prevention in schools failed in the Colorado Senate this week, but a similar measure could win approval before the state’s legislative session ends today. State Rep....

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado bill would start grants for suicide prevention in schools

More suicide prevention funding could be available to school districts across the state if a bill pending in the Colorado Senate is approved. State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, Sen. Don...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News