Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Durango School District embarks on mission to improve student achievement

Thousands of students returned to school Tuesday in Durango pumped with nervous energy and excitement. First-year fifth grade teacher Katie Ames expected to roll with the chaos on the first day at...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Education

Permanent, affordable housing hitting Durango market

New homes for sale or under construction in Durango could provide permanent affordable housing for a lucky few. The 10 new homes are expected to fill a growing need in the community for affordable...

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

Gov. Jared Polis welcomes Durango students back to school

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis surprised hundreds of Park Elementary School students by welcoming them back to school Tuesday morning and personally wishing some good luck on their studies. Third...

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

More electric vehicles suited for Southwest Colorado expected to hit market

Drivers looking to buy a new electric vehicle are limited mostly to cars, but a new state rule could ensure more SUVs, Jeeps and other models better suited to the Southwest Colorado lifestyle are...

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

Hemp farmers concerned THC rules lead to crop destruction

Hemp production is blossoming across Colorado, but when the plants produce too much THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, farmers are required by the state to destroy their harvest. The...

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

Risky rides: Where drivers and cyclists converge in SW Colorado

Cycling can help cut carbon emissions and reduce traffic congestion, but when narrow roads force cyclists and cars to pass within inches of each other, it can cause tensions to run high and keep...

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

Flight cancellations at Durango airport more than double

The number of flight cancellations at Durango-La Plata County Airport more than doubled this year because of harsh snowstorms and summer thunderstorms. United Airlines and American Airlines have...

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

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

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