Position: City 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 Hide

Woman taken into custody after brief standoff with police

A La Plata County woman was arrested after a brief standoff with police Thursday north of downtown Durango. Michelle Lewis, 40, was being held Thursday night in the La Plata County Jail on...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Law enforcement catches fugitive in Gem Village area

Residents in the Gem Village area and west along the U.S. Highway 160 corridor received a reverse-911 call Tuesday warning them of a fugitive on the loose. The message sent at 2:58 p.m. told...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Victim in fatal vehicle crash on Wolf Creek Pass is identified

The victim of a fatal crash involving multiple vehicles Monday near the base of Wolf Creek Pass was identified Tuesday as Joseph Leo Guarino, 63, of Elephant Butte, New Mexico, according to the...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Camper rescued from backcountry near Lemon Reservoir

A man experiencing medical complications, possibly high-altitude sickness, was rescued by helicopter Monday evening near Lemon Reservoir. The outfitter set up camp in the Young’s Canyon area, on...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury convicts husband of strangling his wife

A Durango man suspected of strangling his wife last year in the Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder. Silvino Martinez-Perez, 36, showed no obvious...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Michael Jones convicted of first-degree murder

A Texas man who shot and killed another man in a marijuana robbery was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Michael Jones, 20, will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of the...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jail escapee captured; schools placed on lockout during chase

A jail escapee was captured Wednesday after an hour-long foot pursuit up and down the Animas River Trail north of downtown Durango. The chase resulted in lockouts at Durango High School, St....

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sexual harassment cases often end in settlement, non-disclosure agreements

Sexual harassment takes on many forms in the workplace, but dealing with complaints of inappropriate behavior tends to follow a more scripted playbook. Companies often take a defensive posture when...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Halfway house director has history of sexual harassment complaints

The director of Hilltop House, a community corrections center for adult offenders, has been accused of at least a half dozen incidents of sexually inappropriate behavior during the last 20 years...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Highways 160 and 550 reopen after heavy rain forced mudslides

Floods and mudslides that emergency workers feared since rains started to hit the 416 Fire burn scar arrived Tuesday afternoon, with significant debris flows across U.S. Highway 550, railroad...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irongate residents among first to attack 416 Fire

Al Chione loves to watch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train chug past his house several times a day north of Durango. But as a former volunteer firefighter, he is also keenly aware of the...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy involved in three-car crash

A La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a three-car crash Tuesday evening on Florida Road (County Road 240) northeast of Durango. The crash was reported at 5:13 p.m. in the 5000 block of...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News