Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

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Southwest Colorado snowpack highest level in 9 years

Snowpack across Southwest Colorado is at the highest level since 2008. The San Miguel, Mancos, Dolores, Animas, La Plata and San Juan river basins all are above 100 percent of normal snowpack,...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southwest Innovation Corridor builds startup culture

A new effort is underway to coordinate and encourage technology startup companies in Southwest Colorado because they are environmentally friendly and could bring high-paying jobs to the region. ...

DATE: March 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Understanding sandstone creates oil industry opportunity

Durangoans Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell have carved out a niche for themselves in the oil and gas industry as researchers and consultants helping companies determine if it is economically viable to...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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One pedestrian dead, one injured on Main Avenue

One pedestrian was killed and another was taken to the hospital Saturday after being hit on Main Avenue near 21st Street.A driver in a white Chevrolet Suburban with a Texas license plate was...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Vantiv, with Durango office, named nation’s top payment processor

Vantiv on Thursday was named the top payment processor in the country. The company, that has its second-largest office in Durango, processed more debit and credit transactions than any other...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Bennet vows to fight president on immigration, climate change

Sen. Michael Bennet vowed to fight federal cuts to health care and clean air and water protections during a packed town hall meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel on Friday morning. He also called for...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ski Town Computing seizure a misunderstanding, owner says

The state of Colorado this week temporarily seized Ski Town Computing for allegedly failing to pay sales taxes. A letter dated March 7 posted on Ski Town ’s front door stated the business owed the...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Fort Lewis grad works on Navajo Nation food security

Brandon Francis grew up dryland farming on the Navajo Nation, but veered in a couple of directions before returning to his agricultural roots. And, as luck and timing would have it, during the...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Obamacare's repeal could leave Colorado with high Medicaid cost

Thousands of people in Southwest Colorado are enrolled in Medicaid, but the state may not be able to maintain all that coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.President Donald Trump signed...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Colorado Discovery Festival showcases careers in science

With pipettes, students carefully added rubbing alcohol to plastic tubes to help DNA from wheat unwind. Shaking their tubes as instructed, they saw hundreds of thousands of white strands. These are...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango joins One Billion Rising to celebrate survivors of sex assault

With red balloons bouncing, a group danced in Buckley Park Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness about sexual assault. On each balloon, participants wrote what or who motivated them to come. Taylor...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hydroponic farm harvesting greens year-round

In a shipping container surrounded by snow, Wendy Wyatt is growing lettuce, arugula, kale and other greens. Suspended from the ceiling in hollow fiberglass fencing, her 4,000 plants are kept in a...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living