Shane Benjamin

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.

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La Plata County Trump supporters would vote for him again

La Plata County Republicans give mixed reviews of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, ranging from tempered approval to full-throttled support. But most seem to agree on one point:...

DATE: April 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Purgatory Resort plans upgrades for 2017-18 season

Purgatory Resort plans to beef up its summer activities, open new ski terrain, upgrade a chairlift and improve snowmaking operations as part of its capital-improvement projects for the 2017-18...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Driver charged in Main Avenue crash that killed two

A part-time Durango resident who veered off the road and killed two pedestrians last month on north Main Avenue has been charged with careless driving causing death. After a lengthy investigation...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Third man pleads guilty in home invasion, murder of student

A third man has struck a plea agreement for his role in a home invasion-style robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a Fort Lewis College student last year in Durango. Kuauhtleko Garcia,...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man who misfired rifle gets probation reprieve

A Durango man who shot a rifle into a neighbor’s house and pointed the gun at a police officer had his two-year probationary sentence cut in half Thursday in District Court. The early termination...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Purgatory Resort to offer free lift tickets this weekend

Purgatory Resort will offer free skiing Saturday and Sunday for its final weekend of the season. “It’s Purgatory’s way of saying thanks for a fantastic season,” said Kim Oyler, spokeswoman for the...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Spring storms to persist through weekend in Southwest Colorado

A spring storm that moved in late Wednesday brought mostly rain to elevations below 7,000 feet in elevation and up to 6 inches of snow to the highest peaks of the San Juan Mountains in Southwest...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Snowdown dumps ‘Still Sporty at Forty’ theme, selects new one for 2018

Carver Brewing waitress Alora Lind isn’t in a habit of helping customers make important life decisions – she recommends the Irish Stout and the Big Bike Double IPA for beers – but when the Snowdown...

DATE: April 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Rescue workers called to help injured hiker north of Durango

La Plata County Search and Rescue was working Tuesday evening to reach a hiker who fell and injured his knee on Missionary Ridge north of Durango. The lone hiker notified authorities of his...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Jury rules against Durango man in lawsuit against Mercy over bedsore

A jury found in favor of Mercy Regional Medical Center and awarded no damages to a Durango man who accused the hospital of negligence for a bedsore he suffered while in Mercy’s care. Jason Gurule...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango plans to improve downtown lighting

Dr. Richard Grossman never paid attention to the nighttime lighting in downtown Durango until he was hit by a car while crossing Main Avenue. He doesn’t remember the impact; he woke up in a CT...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Second man pleads guilty in home-invasion shooting death

A second man who participated in a home-invasion robbery that resulted in the death of a Fort Lewis College student pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary, robbery and second-degree murder. Alvin...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News