Position: City editor

Email: shane@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4547

About: Shane Benjamin is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a degree in mass communication. He has been in journalism for 17 years, working as a reporter and editor. He joined the Herald in 1999 as a reporter and covered city government, county government, education and cops and courts. He has won numerous press awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and Colorado Press Association. He contributed to the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire coverage that won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in the category of public service. Read More Hide

Irongate residents among first to attack 416 Fire

Al Chione loves to watch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train chug past his house several times a day north of Durango. But as a former volunteer firefighter, he is also keenly aware of the...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy involved in three-car crash

A La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a three-car crash Tuesday evening on Florida Road (County Road 240) northeast of Durango. The crash was reported at 5:13 p.m. in the 5000 block of...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple hundred homes placed on pre-evacuation notice for wildfire

About five homes were evacuated and two subdivisions were placed on pre-evacuation notice Friday night for a wildland fire northeast of Durango. The evacuations were ordered about 5:45 p.m. The...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Barrel fire spreads to grass, torches shed north of Bayfield

A citation was issued Monday to a La Plata County resident who burned trash in a barrel during a countywide fire ban, according to the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District. The burn barrel...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Pagosa Springs man pleads guilty to tax fraud involving hot springs

A former resident of Pagosa Springs with connections to the Springs Resort & Spa has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. William Marvin “Bill” Whittington, 68, of Scottsdale, Arizona,...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bomb threat evacuates Durango hotel, closes highway

A bomb threat called into a hotel closed U.S. Highway 160 for more than two hours Tuesday in west Durango. The highway reopened at 5:13 p.m. A man called the Holiday Inn & Suites with the bomb...

DATE: March 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two-car crash snarls morning commute north of Durango

Two New Mexico residents were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a traffic crash on U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. The crash occurred at 7:48 a.m. near Hermosa Meadows Road (County...

DATE: March 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters respond to small brush fire, highlighting dry conditions

Firefighters responded to a brush fire Wednesday south of Durango that, while small in size, demonstrates the heightened fire danger that has persisted through the winter months across Southwest...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police remind residents to lock cars after string of thefts in west Durango

The Durango Police Department is reminding residents to lock their car doors after about a dozen thefts were reported last month in the Crestview neighborhood in west Durango. At least eight cars...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowdown legends to share stories Monday at Powerhouse Science Center

Snowdown is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year in style, challenging one of the nation’s “Worst Dressed Communities” – that’s you, Durango – to prove the critics wrong (er, right) with this...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Carrie Woodson announces candidacy for La Plata County Assessor’s Office

Carrie Woodson, chief appraiser at the La Plata County Assessor’s Office, announced her candidacy Tuesday for top job at the Assessor’s Office. Woodson, a 40-year resident of La Plata County, said...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys mobile home east of Durango

Firefighters responded to a fully involved mobile home fire Friday morning at the Narrow Gauge Mobile Home Park east of Durango. When firefighters arrived, the double-wide trailer had flames...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News