Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

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Federal funding cuts could affect local infrastructure, transportation

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the federal budget could be felt locally, with homeownership assistance, infrastructure construction and air service among the areas affected. Colorado...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Internet speed test could help case for better infrastructure

Some rural internet customers in Southwest Colorado may pay for internet speeds that they don’t experience. To help advocate for funding to pay for improved rural broadband internet infrastructure...

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

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‘We are all homeless’ exhibit aims to humanize issue

Handwritten pleas for help, written by homeless people, were installed at the Durango Transit Center Monday to help further the conversation about the issue in Durango. Willie Baronet, artist and...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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BP test well finds promising source of natural gas in San Juan Basin

A highly productive natural gas well tested in the San Juan Basin could encourage more new drilling in the San Juan Basin’s Mancos Shale. The well test started in June about 7 miles south of the...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bear breaks into SUV, then takes it for a short drive

A bear that broke into an SUV early Friday in Durango took it for a short ride, rolling it out of a driveway and crashing it into a mailbox. The commotion woke Ron Cornelius and his wife, who found...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Natural gas prices rising in La Plata County

The natural gas industry in La Plata County has reason to hope for a recovery with prices rising and plenty of approved drilling permits. The slowdown in the industry is at least partially...

DATE: July 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Business center director worked with tribes

A businesswoman, college professor and black belt in karate, Liz Ross brought her experience in rural economic development to the Small Business Development Center in 2015 as executive director....

DATE: July 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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ACLU discovers Durango law in violation of Colorado Constitution

The city of Durango agreed to revamp its municipal codes to allow residents facing a fine for low-level criminal offenses to receive a jury trial, after hearing from the American Civil Liberties...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Native American Center director leaves behind a legacy of inclusivity

When Yvonne Bilinski came to direct the Native American Center at Fort Lewis College 11 years ago, it lacked sufficient funding, staff, programs and broad appeal. “Everybody I heard called it the...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Tailwind selected as company to watch

Bayfield-based Tailwind Nutrition, an endurance drink mix manufacturer, was selected as a Colorado Company to Watch in late June. The company was among the 50 companies selected from a field of...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Durango City Council floats tax increase on marijuana

The Durango City Council has decided to reserve space on the November ballot for the possibility of asking voters to approve a city-imposed tax on recreational marijuana. During a study session...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Johnston offers centric solutions in race for governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston offered state-centric solutions to questions about water rights, health care, education funding and renewable energy during campaign stops Monday in...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News