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

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

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

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

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

Former defense lawyer: Mark Redwine prosecution will be ‘difficult’

Prosecutors have a tough case against Mark Redwine, who is accused of killing his son, a retired Durango defense lawyer told The Durango Herald. The case is loaded with circumstantial evidence that...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff Sean Smith: ‘No stone left unturned’ in Dylan Redwine investigation

Three La Plata County Sheriff’s investigators were on their way to intercept Mark Redwine’s truck late Friday or early Saturday as it drove through Washington state to New York. But unexpectedly,...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mark Redwine to remain in Washington state for now

Mark Redwine, who is accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, appeared Monday in a Washington state courtroom for what amounted to an informal advisement of charges and bail hearing. La Plata...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dylan Redwine’s mother: ‘It was such a senseless crime’

Dylan Redwine didn’t want to visit his father in November 2012. But he didn’t have a choice. A court order granted Mark Redwine visitation rights over the Thanksgiving holiday, and Redwine chose...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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