Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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.

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Voters switch it up in La Plata County

About 5 percent of active voters in La Plata County switched between major party affiliations during the last year. Of those, 10 percent crossed the political spectrum, going from Democrat to...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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ACLU brings ‘road show’ to Durango

It has been 44 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark Roe v. Wade case. Yet women and men must continue to fight for their reproductive rights, including abortion, the American...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Arizona man bites firefighter on scene of rollover crash

An Arizona man has been arrested on suspicion of hitting and biting a firefighter who tried to help the man after a rollover crash south of Hesperus. Joe Benally, 20, was released on bail Friday...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hesperus Ski Area closes mid-season for maintenance

Hesperus Ski Area has been shut down since Tuesday after the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board performed a routine inspection and found maintenance and operational issues that must be...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Woman robbed of her groceries at south City Market in Durango

Two men robbed a woman of her groceries Wednesday night as she walked out of south City Market in Durango, police said. The 21-year-old woman bought about $25 worth of groceries, including chips...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New chief named for Durango Police Department

A Virginia man with more than 25 years experience in law enforcement has been named to lead the Durango Police Department. Kamran Afzal, 50, said he is honored to have been selected out of five...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Head-on reroutes traffic on Highway 160

U.S. Highway 160 was closed for more than an hour Thursday west of Gem Village for a two-car crash involving a La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy patrol vehicle. The crash occurred at 7:26 a.m. near...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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No charges for pilot who flew drone at Silverton skijoring race

The San Juan County sheriff said Wednesday he won’t file charges against the pilot of a drone that may have spooked a horse at Saturday’s skijoring competition in Silverton, causing the horse to...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ignacio man suspected of running over girlfriend goes missing

Police are searching for an Ignacio man suspected of skipping town on $6,000 bail after allegedly running over his girlfriend with a car. Case Fields, 31, has been missing for nearly three months...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Property taxes give fire districts money headaches

Fire chiefs in La Plata County are preparing for reduced funding next year as a result of the Gallagher Amendment, which is expected to lower property taxes across Colorado. The four fire districts...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Spooked horse runs into crowd at Silverton skijoring

SILVERTON – At least three people were run over by a horse that possibly became spooked by a low-flying drone Saturday at the start line of Silverton’s 8th Annual Skijoring Race. Two women were...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man charged with sex assault on child

A 69-year-old Durango man suspected of touching a girl inappropriately was charged Friday with sexual assault on a child. Frederick Blevins is accused of touching the girl below the waist while she...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News