Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

16 million pain pills: Southwest Colorado works to reverse epidemic

Patients in La Plata and Montezuma counties received about 16 million prescription pain pills from 2006 through 2012, a volume of medication that likely contributed to opioid addictions and could...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Creative district selects community hubs to highlight

A boundary line has been proposed as part of a new creative district meant to spur artistic innovation and spark economic investment in town. The creative district is expected to encompass...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Art show offers taste of installation planned for Hwy. 550/160

Bears, birds, mountains, the Animas River and other mainstays of Southwest Colorado will be featured in the laser-cut metal panels planned for the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection, the most highly...

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

Three Springs MRI to provide higher quality scans with new technology

New technology at Three Springs MRI will allow the office on the Mercy Regional Medical Center campus to provide more detailed images of injuries, bones and organs for the thousands of patients who...

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

Impossible Whopper: There’s no mystery to this ‘meat’

The Impossible Whopper, a plant-based patty promising all the flavor of ground beef without the environmental impacts associated with cattle production, was rolled out this week at every Burger...

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

Voters will be asked to create property tax for libraries

Voters in southwest La Plata County will be asked in November to save the libraries in the Sunnyside and Fort Lewis Mesa elementary schools by implementing a new property tax. Petitioners submitted...

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

Garden Project starts weekly fresh produce distribution

Durango resident Jim Eaton lost 140 pounds in 10 months. His secret: backstroke swimming and eating vegetables from the free Manna Market produce stand at Durango’s soup kitchen. Three food-centric...

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

Durango School District security prepares for worst-case scenario

Law enforcement officers pressed plastic guns to the backs of Durango School District 9-R security specialists in a school gym Wednesday, giving them a chance to practice taking weapons from an...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Education

Durango skaters say upgrades a good tweak, but not quite rad

Shaded seating to make the Durango Skate Park on Roosa Avenue a more welcoming and safer place is nearing completion, about two years behind schedule. The $151,000 gathering area on the north end...

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

No know-how? No problem at Powerhouse’s new Tinker Lab

Cecil Powell, 4, giggled with glee this week as he put pieces of felt into a wind tube at the new Tinker Lab at the Powerhouse Science Center and watched them float to the ceiling. The Tinker Lab...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Suicide survivor will help others learn to tell their story

Sharing the story of surviving a suicide attempt or losing a loved one to suicide can help bring others hope and healing. “It doesn’t have to be this scary, unspoken taboo,” said Emma Harmon, a...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Hemp entrepreneurs face banking challenges

Opening a checking account or getting a loan can be tough for hemp businesses in Southwest Colorado and across the nation because federal regulations haven’t caught up to the industry. The 2018...

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

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