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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Road project in Durango misses targeted completion date

A 3-mile artery running through much of Durango remains under construction at the start of Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the tourist season. The Colorado Department of...

DATE: May 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fort Lewis College President Dene Thomas to retire

Fort Lewis College President Dene Thomas announced Friday she will retire June 30, 2018. Thomas was hired in March 2010 as the eighth president of the four-year institution and the first woman to...

DATE: May 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Weather advisories dropped as skies clear, temperatures warm

A storm system that brought cool temperatures, cloudy skies and several feet of snow to the high country was headed out of the state Friday, making way for warming temperatures and mostly clear...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Three homicide suspects make first court appearance

Three people arrested in connection with a shooting death at a mobile home park three miles west of Durango were advised of their rights and possible charges Thursday in La Plata County Combined...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango mother who caused fatal crash pleads guilty

A Durango woman who caused a head-on crash that killed her 8-year-old daughter pleaded guilty Thursday to careless driving causing injury and careless driving resulting in death. Neysha Candelaria,...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fox News story draws ire from Durangoans

Fox News on Wednesday portrayed Durango as a picturesque mountain town – once vibrant and upscale, “dotted with luxury hotels” – but recently “overrun by panhandlers,” thanks, in part, to legalized...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man suspected of setting mobile home on fire

A Durango man was advised of his rights and possible charges Tuesday in District Court related to an arson investigation at a mobile home near the Durango Dog Park. Timothy Phillips, 59, is...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Two arrests made in Archuleta County shooting death

Law enforcement has made two arrests in connection with a shooting death Sunday in Archuleta County. The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office released few details Monday, including where the incident...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ignacio man arrested on suspicion of filming upskirt video at Walmart

An Ignacio man suspected of taking video up the skirt of a woman at Walmart in Durango has been arrested on suspicion of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification. Jaime Uriel Flores-Carbajal,...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Suspects in Durango shooting death identified

Police have arrested three people in the slaying of a Durango man who was shot Sunday in the Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park three miles west of Durango. The victim was identified as David Antonio...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Dog bowls face scrutiny in downtown Durango

A Pagosa Springs woman who tripped and fell on a dog bowl while shopping in downtown Durango is trying to warn business owners of the potential danger. But so far, she has received a chilly...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ignacio man not guilty of assault, child abuse

An Ignacio man suspected of misdemeanor assault and child abuse has been found not guilty by a jury. James Phillips, 46, tussled June 25 with Maurice Anderson, who was making headlines at the time...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News