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

Family identifies man shot south of Durango

A La Plata County man who was shot and killed Tuesday south of Durango was identified Wednesday as George Sands. Sands was homeless and worked for a family in exchange for meals and a place to...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Seven cars towed in middle of night from Purple Cliffs homeless camp

During the middle of the night, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office towed seven vehicles belonging to residents staying at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of downtown Durango. The Sheriff’s...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango officials identify driver in Main Avenue bump-out crash

A suspected drunken driver careened through a “bump-out” Wednesday night on Main Avenue in Durango, sending four people to the hospital, according to the Durango Police Department. The crash...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Top election official in La Plata County to drop party affiliation

La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker announced Wednesday she is changing her party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated. The shift doesn’t represent a change in political...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington police: Grace period is over, traffic enforcement steps up

Farmington drivers have developed a bit of a lead foot during the coronavirus pandemic. Overall traffic volume was significantly reduced in late March and most of April when New Mexico issued a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Isolated rain, hailstorm cause flooding on La Plata County roads

Isolated thunderstorms caused flash flooding Sunday north of Durango, including mud and debris flows across at least three La Plata County roads. The storm materialized about 3:20 p.m. when the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cox Canyon fire near New Mexico line at 130 acres

The Cox Canyon fire burning near the Colorado-New Mexico line north of Aztec was about 130 acres in size as of Sunday morning, according to the San Juan County Fire Department. The blaze started...

DATE: July 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man with ankle injury rescued north of Durango

La Plata County Search and Rescue spent four hours Friday helping a man with a broken ankle out of the backcountry north of Durango. The man was mountain biking on the Pinkerton/Flagstaff Trail...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police identify officer involved in shooting death

The Durango Police Department released additional details Friday about an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this week, including the name of the officer who killed a burglary suspect....

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Motorcyclist crashes on Main Avenue, suffers head injury

An inexperienced motorcyclist hit a “bump-out” and crashed onto a sidewalk Thursday evening on Main Avenue in downtown Durango, according to police. The crash occurred about 7 p.m. in the 1000...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local health officials await further guidance about reopening

Gov. Jared Polis this week previewed a new phase in his statewide coronavirus response effort, called “safer at home,” which paves the way for his stay-at-home order to be lifted and certain...

DATE: April 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death behind Walmart in Durango

The Durango Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that occurred Sunday behind Walmart in Durango. Police and medics were notified at 2:50 p.m. of an unconscious man not breathing...

DATE: April 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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