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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Should Durango residents share in sacrifice during next drought?

When the Animas River reached record lows during last summer’s drought, Durango residents were allowed to water their lawns every day. That may change during the next major drought. A drought...

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

Fort Lewis College cuts about 60% of carbon; next 40% will be harder

Fort Lewis College aims to be 100% carbon neutral by 2050 and is well on its way to hitting that goal, but it faces a tough road ahead. The school reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 58% in...

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

State law aims to increase accountability in effort to boost literacy

The state of Colorado spent $230 million between 2012 and 2018 to increase literacy among young students, and yet test scores among third graders statewide remained almost unchanged in recent...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College awarded $2 million in free consulting services

Fort Lewis College will receive $2 million in free consulting services over the next two years to help the school boost its enrollment, increase revenue and build business partnerships. Entangled...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rooftop solar could proliferate with voltage control

New solar panels on top of The Liberty School in Durango will give students a chance to learn about green energy and cut the school’s electricity costs and carbon footprint. “As an educational...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rising lot rents squeeze out mobile home residents in Durango

Editor’s note: This project is the result of an ambitious, first-of-its-kind collaboration between The Durango Herald, The Colorado Sun and more than a dozen...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Specialty clinic to fill niche for neurosurgical care in Durango

Two neurosurgeons have started work in Durango providing care to those with conditions such as herniated discs and carpal tunnel. Dr. Dominic Cannella and Dr. Paul Davis began offering...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Disease, cold spring hamper hemp rush

YELLOW JACKET – Some Southwest Colorado farmers planted hundreds of new acres of hemp this year pursuing big profits, but many have faced problems such as disease, unproductive plants and a cold...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two candidates compete for seat on Durango school board

Two candidates are vying for one open seat this fall on the Durango School District 9-R Board of Education; a second open seat on the five-member board will be filled by appointment. Incumbent...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mosquitoes have been testing positive for West Nile

Mosquitoes within the Animas Mosquito Control District territory are consistently testing positive for West Nile virus. The control district has been sampling mosquitoes at 17 sites since June and...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College launching water resource center

Balancing demands on limited water supply is likely to be a persistent problem for the Four Corners as the climate changes and the population grows. The new Four Corners Water Resource Center at...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango schools tighten security, will seek feedback on arming guards

Durango School District 9-R plans to hold town halls this year to hear from parents, students, community members and others about possible security measures, including arming security guards. The...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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