Shane Benjamin

Position: Assistant 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.

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Fire destroys mobile home south of Durango

A family of four was displaced Wednesday when their mobile home caught fire south of Durango. Firefighters received the call at 2:18 p.m. at 146 Wheeler Loop, about four miles south of Durango...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 13 hours 45 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Judge lowers bail for Mark Redwine

A District Court judge on Tuesday lowered bail for Mark Redwine, the man accused of killing his son Dylan, from $1 million cash-only to $750,000 cash surety – meaning he can post bail through a...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 23 hours 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Mark Redwine returns to La Plata County

Mark Redwine, the man suspected of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, returned Monday to La Plata County to face charges of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. He will be...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Governor names new judge for La Plata County

Dondi Osborne, a federal prosecutor in Durango, has been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve as La Plata County judge. Osborne said she was notified Friday that she was selected from a...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Small fire had big potential at St. Columba

Firefighters responded to a small fire Tuesday night at St. Columbia Catholic Church in Durango. The fire was reported at 8:28 p.m. in the administrative building between the church and St. Columba...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Mark Redwine waives extradition, will be brought to Durango

Mark Redwine, the man suspected of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, waived his right to an extradition hearing Tuesday in a Bellingham, Washington, courtroom. As a result, the La Plata County...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Is this the lightning bolt that caused a massive power outage in Durango?

An Albuquerque man who took a video of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train as it rolled into town Saturday may also have captured the lighting bolt that knocked out power to 10,430 customers...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Exact causes of three Durango-area fire remain undetermined

Firefighters said they have not determined the official causes of three major fires that started earlier this year in Durango, including one suspected to be arson, one that took a man’s life and...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango man suspected of vehicle theft, leading police on chase

A Durango man was arrested late Monday on suspicion of stealing a woman’s car and leading police on a short chase before crashing the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Police received the call shortly...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Murder suspect shoots himself at Mercy Regional Medical Center

Police said Tuesday they are unsure why a Louisiana man suspected of killing his wife drove 19½ hours to Durango to shoot himself outside the emergency room doors at Mercy Regional Medical Center....

DATE: July 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Woman calls off search for Dylan Redwine’s remains

A community search for Dylan Redwine’s remains northeast of Vallecito Reservoir has been called off after his father’s arrest. The eight-day search was scheduled to start Friday and conclude Aug....

DATE: July 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hiker rescued near summit of Mount Eolus

La Plata County Search and Rescue responded Thursday to Mount Eolus in the Weminuche Wilderness where a 19-year-old man fell and suffered a dislocated shoulder. The man was about 20 feet from the...

DATE: July 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News