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

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 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | 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 | UPDATED: 4 days 13 hours ago | 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 | UPDATED: 4 days 13 hours ago | 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 | UPDATED: 4 days 13 hours ago | 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

Morning storm blankets Southwest Colorado; more expected later this week

A westerly storm blanketed Southwest Colorado with about 1 to 3 inches of snow early Monday, making the morning commute slippery and slow-going for some. The storm hit about 3 or 4 a.m. and was...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver unintentionally ended up on wrong side of road in head-on crash

Law enforcement says a Bayfield man who caused a head-on crash earlier this month south of Durango accidentally ended up on the wrong side of a divided highway. The crash occurred at 7:42 p.m. Nov....

DATE: Nov. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Clogged dryer vent blamed for mobile home fire

A mobile home fire that displaced a family Sunday night northeast of Elmore’s Corner originated in a dryer vent, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire Protection District. The fire...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield man airlifted after head-on crash south of Durango

A Bayfield man was airlifted with serious injuries after being involved in a head-on crash Friday night on U.S. Highway 550 north of the Colorado-New Mexico line. The crash was reported at 7:42...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas leak blamed for home explosion southwest of Durango

A house that exploded and caught fire earlier this month in the Rafter J subdivision was the result of a propane leak in the garage, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire Protection...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burglary suspect remains loose near Durango

A burglary suspect believed to be armed and dangerous remained at large Tuesday after a 4½-hour search Monday night near western Durango city limits. The suspect has been identified as Robert Shane...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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