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

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 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | 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 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | 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

Firefighters respond to report of explosion in north Durango

Firefighters responded to a report of an explosion Tuesday night in north Durango. David Linden said he had just eaten dinner and was watching “Our Planet” on Netflix when he heard and felt a blast...

DATE: April 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What are those gray discs appearing in front of Durango residences?

The city of Durango is installing about 6,700 radio transmitters that relay water usage from individual homes, thereby eliminating the need for city workers to drive neighborhoods to collect the...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters respond to house fire in South Durango

Firefighters said Tuesday they are unsure of the exact cause of an apartment fire that started Monday afternoon in South Durango. The fire was reported at 3:35 p.m., and the first unit arrived on...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hilltop House director with history of sexual harassment complaints resigns

The longtime director of a community corrections center in Durango who has been accused repeatedly of sexual misconduct will leave his job by the end of the month. John Schmier resigned earlier...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter storm dumps 5 inches in Durango; cold temps on the way

A winter storm dumped about 5 inches of snow in Durango and more than a foot of snow in some parts of the San Juan Mountains early Wednesday. The storm was expected to taper off Wednesday...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shoplifter armed with gun sends school into lockout

Escalante Middle School was placed on a brief lockout Thursday morning while the Durango Police Department searched for a man suspected of shoplifting and brandishing a firearm at the nearby...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two trucks crash within an hour on Wolf Creek Pass

Two semitrailers crashed within an hour of each other Tuesday morning on Wolf Creek Pass, including one carrying a load of potatoes that spilled onto the highway. The first crash occurred about...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Moisture, freezing temps could make for slick driving Tuesday morning

Freezing temperatures and another blast of moisture are expected to make for slick driving conditions Tuesday morning above 7,500 feet in elevation in the San Juan Mountains, weather forecasters...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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