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

Newspaper racks stolen

The Durango Herald has experienced a rash of newspaper rack thefts this summer in La Plata County.Seven newspaper stands have been stolen between June 13 and Tuesday, said Julio Goicoechea, the...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Group: Multiple sources create haze

The cumulative effect of energy development in the San Juan Basin becomes apparent flying at 8,000 feet in altitude.Hundreds of gas wells and roads accessing the wells are visible from the air –...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five area judges are recommended for retention

Five judges in the 6th Judicial District have been recommended for retention in this November’s general election.The judges standing for retention are Chief District Judge Gregory Lyman, District...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Office in Bodo Park a repository of top-secret U.S. intelligence

Durango is widely known for its skiing, mountain biking and historic railroad. Is it also a hub for national top-secret intelligence?The Washington Post published an expansive three-day series last...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weather wallops area

DURANGO HILLS – An early-morning electrical storm played havoc in some parts of La Plata County on Thursday, starting a house fire and causing a rockslide along the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three teenagers suspected in thefts

Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of breaking into up to 80 cars parked in northeast Durango.Benjamin Umen, 18, and two juveniles – ages 14 and 15 – were arrested on suspicion of...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arizona couple fulfills death pact

An Arizona couple followed through with a decades-long plan to end their lives before the ravages of old age took their toll.Lansing C. Holden, 83, and his wife, Carol, 78, were found shot to death...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Glacier Club land-swap appeals filed

Three appeals have been filed in opposition to a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and a private development in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango. The appeals take issue...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Garcia death probe ongoing investigation could take months

It could take several weeks, if not months, before authorities reach a conclusion about the shooting death of Durango man Ted Garcia, an investigator said Wednesday.“We are still working our way...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill: Feds would aid tuition waiver

U.S. Rep. John Salazar has introduced legislation that would provide funding for Fort Lewis College’s Native American tuition-waiver program.Passage of the bill would help ease Colorado’s budget...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cannon confiscated; 4 teens suspected in prank firing

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has confiscated a homemade cannon that four teenage boys allegedly fired last month at a bicyclist.

DATE: Aug. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hesperus man gets prison for sex assault

A Hesperus man who sexually assaulted a child was sentenced Monday to six years in prison. But he likely will serve as little as six months behind bars with good behavior.Peter Hess, 31, was facing...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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