Position: Deputy 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

Burglary suspect remains loose near Durango

A burglary suspect believed to be armed and dangerous remained at large Tuesday after a 4½-hour search Monday night near western Durango city limits. The suspect has been identified as Robert Shane...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Truck rolls, catches fire near Cascade Creek north of Durango

A tractor-trailer rolled onto its top and became engulfed in flames Thursday night near the base of Coal Bank Pass on U.S. Highway 550. The crash was reported about 8:54 p.m. near mile marker 53,...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Internet, cellphone service return after 24-hour outage in Silverton

A lightning strike took out internet service and cellphone coverage for about 24 hours in Silverton. The strike occurred Thursday afternoon and apparently hit or impacted a cell tower near the...

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

Single-engine antique plane crashes southwest of Mancos

A pilot and a passenger survived a plane crash Wednesday night southwest of Mancos. The crash was reported about 8 p.m. in a remote area south of County Road J and west of County Road 41, said...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Redwine defense lawyer arrested in connection with assault

A Colorado public defense lawyer assigned to the murder case against Mark Redwine was arrested Sunday on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and domestic violence. John Moran, 42, of Durango, appeared...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two motorcyclists rescued after overnight search north of Durango

La Plata County Search and Rescue members spent 11 hours Sunday night and Monday morning rescuing two motorcyclists who became stranded on the Hermosa Creek Trail north of Durango. The two...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Morning crash snarls traffic at Elmore’s Corner east of Durango

The morning commute took longer than usual for drivers east of Durango, where a two-vehicle crash led to significant delays around the Elmore’s Corner intersection. The crash occurred about 7:50...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tow truck driver cited in Saturday’s crash west of Bayfield

A tow truck driver has been cited with careless driving causing bodily injury in Saturday’s crash on U.S. Highway 160 between Bayfield and Elmore’s Corner. The tow truck, being driven by Donovan...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire on Missionary Ridge is 21 acres, 90% contained

A fire burning on Missionary Ridge north of Durango was 20.7 acres and 90% contained as of Thursday night, according to the San Juan National Forest. The 186 Fire, while still active, is not...

DATE: June 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters battle slow-moving wildfire on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters were battling a slow-moving but persistent wildfire Tuesday on Missionary Ridge, north of Durango. The fire, dubbed the 186 Fire, was reported Tuesday morning in the Stevens Creek...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Isolated storm brings dime-sized hail, 57 mph wind gust

An isolated thunderstorm pelted downtown Durango with dime-sized hail and blasted the Durango-La Plata County Airport with a 57 mph wind gust Monday afternoon. The narrow cell tracked from north to...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman who hit school bus suspected of driving under influence

A Farmington woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and crashing into a school bus south of Durango. The rear-end crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. south of...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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