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

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

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

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