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

Police investigate shooting between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs

An Archuleta County man says he shot and killed an intruder who attacked him with a knife Wednesday night in a remote area between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

One dead in rollover crash north of Durango

A man driving a white pickup died in a rollover crash Friday evening north of Hermosa. The crash occurred about 6 p.m. near the top of Shalona Hill where County Road 250 connects with U.S. Highway...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man gets probation for attempted sex assault on child

A 70-year-old Durango man was sentenced to six years probation Thursday for sexually assaulting a small child. Frederick Blevins, who has been in jail for 189 days, is expected to be released this...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys mobile home south of Durango

A family of four was displaced Wednesday when its 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 along...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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

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

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

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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