Position: Reporter

Email: mshinn@CortezJournal.com

Phone Number: 970-564-6037

Fort Lewis College student rolls SUV on Molas Pass

A 22-year-old Fort Lewis College student escaped with minor injuries early Sunday after rolling her SUV eight to 10 times down a 150-foot embankment on Molas Pass. Bridgett Gantt crawled out of...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango planning for strong second season at Lake Nighthorse

Lake Nighthorse visitors reeled in fish under both sunny and snowy skies opening weekend, showing a commitment to visiting the lake the city of Durango hopes to see all season. The city manages...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spring storm may linger into Sunday evening

A spring snowstorm lingered over Southwest Colorado into Sunday evening. “After sunset it should diminish,” said Mike Meyers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. ...

DATE: March 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ban on gender conversion therapy could help prevent youth suicide

A bill pending in the state Legislature that would ban mental health specialists from providing gender conversion therapy to minors could help prevent suicide among those who identify as gay,...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

District: No intentional foul in balloon game; it was a bad call

An investigation into a balloon game played earlier this month at a Durango High School pep rally found no ill intent. Durango School District 9-R released a written statement Friday to The...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Horny’ box spreads sexual education across Fort Lewis College

Anonymous questions about everything from birth control to bondage can be slipped into Horny the Sex Box, a vessel set up to educate students at Fort Lewis College. Fort Lewis senior Matisse Monty...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health may improve as regional poverty rates fall

Child poverty rates are falling in the region, a positive sign for long-term public health, according to new health rankings. Social and economic factors, such as child poverty and educational...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should LPEA voters decide buyout question? Board members say ‘no’

Voters won’t be asked this year to change the bylaws at La Plata Electric Association to allow members to decide whether to buy out of a contract with the co-op’s wholesale power supplier. LPEA’s...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Number of homeless students nearly doubles in Durango schools

The number of homeless students in Durango School District 9-R has increased by 63 percent in recent years. During the 2016-17 school year, 68 homeless students were identified in the district, and...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Balloon game played at Durango High School pep rally raises concerns

A balloon game some Durango High School athletes played during a pep rally Friday has riled some students and parents over its inappropriate nature, prompting the principal to email an apology to...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Workers hurt by partial government shutdown can apply for help

Federal workers and contractors in La Plata County still feeling the financial pinch from the partial government shutdown in December and January can apply for assistance through the Community...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Postcard-style mural approved for building on north Main Avenue

A postcard-style mural featuring iconic symbols of Durango is expected to adorn the side of a marketing agency near north Main Avenue and 26th Street this spring. The mural, called...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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