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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Electronic wildlife detection system fizzles out west of Durango

An experimental wildlife-detection system installed nine years ago on U.S. Highway 160 east of Durango has fallen into disrepair and is no longer operational. The $1 million system was designed to...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango attorney, playwright found dead north of town

The La Plata County Coroner’s Office has identified a man who died by suicide last weekend as Jeffrey Deitch of Durango. Deitch, 60, was found dead by hikers about 10 a.m. Sunday on a trail between...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Small-stream flood advisory issued for north Durango

The National Weather Service issued a small-stream flood advisory until 7 p.m. Monday for northern Durango and a portion of north-central La Plata County. North Durango received six-tenths of an...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Matches found near where Folsom Park fire started

Firefighters say teenagers may have started a brush fire that burned about a quarter acre Sunday in Durango. The blaze is a reminder that fire conditions are just as dangerous in city limits as...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Suspected drug kingpin fails to show up for jury trial

An Arizona man suspected of importing and distributing large quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in La Plata County was a no-show this week at his scheduled jury trial. District Court...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Turf battle flares at north City Market

Parking at north City Market just became a little tougher. Not because of raised medians, narrow lanes and tight turning radiuses, but because a section of the parking lot has been roped off –...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fire danger increases in Southwest Colorado

Near-record high temperatures, strong wind gusts and low relative humidity have fire managers on edge in Southwest Colorado and prompted a red-flag warning Thursday for Montezuma and La Plata...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Machine blasts gum stains from downtown Durango sidewalks

The Durango Business Improvement District has a new tool to blast away unsightly stains that pockmark downtown sidewalks as a result of gum chewers who can’t find a trash can to spit their cud. The...

DATE: June 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Fill the Cop Car’ to benefit fire victims

Residents wanting to support victims of last week’s Tercero Townhouse fire can help “Fill the Cop Car” Thursday at the Durango Police Department. Donations will be accepted from 2 to 6 p.m....

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man gets 90 days for sex assault on minor

A 23-year-old Durango man was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail, six years probation and a lifetime of sexual offender registration for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. It was the maximum...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fire victim rushed into home to warn mother, children

Firefighters on Friday credited Kevin Abeyta, 24, of Durango with sacrificing his life to save a mother and two children from a townhome fire. “It’s time to give Kevin his due,” said Karola Hanks,...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man found guilty of hitting pedestrians while driving drunk

A Durango man was found guilty Friday of mowing down two pedestrians while driving drunk last year in downtown Durango. Cruz Baca, 39, showed little reaction to the guilty verdicts; his attorney...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News