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

Pedestrian hit by truck released from hospital

A pedestrian hit by a car Tuesday night on north Main Avenue has been treated and released from Mercy Regional Medical Center. The incident occurred about 8 p.m. near 21st Street and Main Avenue....

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Video captures car colliding with tree on Main Avenue

Video surveillance from Durango Rapid Wash shows a speeding car narrowly miss a pedestrian before colliding with a tree Tuesday on Main Avenue in Durango. The crash occurred at 2:40 p.m. in the...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police search for five suspects connected to armed robbery

Police are searching for five people suspected of robbing a man at gunpoint Monday night at a storage unit in Bodo Industrial Park in Durango. The robbery was reported about 7:55 p.m. at Bodo Park...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s Fourth of July fireworks to be shot off in November

The city of Durango plans to launch fireworks Nov. 11, Veterans Day, that were held over from this summer’s Fourth of July display, which was called off for severe fire danger. The fireworks are...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Retired district judge David Dickinson, 71, dies in Durango

David L. Dickinson, who served 14 years as a district court judge in Durango, died Friday at Mercy Regional Medical Center from complications related to bulbar palsy, a motor neuron disease. He was...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

DA Christian Champagne increases amount of cases taken to trial

During his first seven months in office, District Attorney Christian Champagne has made it a priority to take more cases to trial – making good on a campaign promise to give the community a greater...

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

Gravesite found near construction site northeast of Durango

Law enforcement is investigating what appears to be a gravesite near a construction zone northeast of Durango. Construction workers found freshly placed flowers and a wooden cross with the dates...

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

Colorado residents receive letters about personal data exposure

About 621,000 Colorado residents will receive letters from the State Court Administrator’s Office notifying them that personal-identifying information was temporarily published online. Residents in...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police investigate double stabbing at homeless camp

Police are searching for a man suspected of stabbing two people early Monday at a homeless camp west of Durango city limits. Hernando Tsosie, 39, is suspected of stabbing two men shortly after 3...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge Martha Minot can be tough – and also bake you a cake

La Plata County Judge Martha Minot, who bakes cakes for defendants, is a pioneer of problem-solving courts and handles one of the heaviest caseloads in the state of Colorado, will retire Tuesday...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Affordable day care options disappearing in Durango

Jade Miller is finding it increasingly difficult to live in Durango, where she was born and raised. The mother of two qualifies for low-income child care at the Roberta Shirley Center , but the day...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four-time drunken driving offender gets jail for hit-and-run

A Durango man with three previous drunken driving offenses was sentenced Friday to two years in jail and 10 years of probation for running over two pedestrians while driving drunk. Cruz Baca, 39,...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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