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

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

Farmington man killed in collision on Highway 172 near Oxford

OXFORD – A 66-year-old man was killed Monday in a two-car accident on Colorado Highway 172.The victim was identified as Victor Nevarez of Farmington, said Trooper Jonathan Silver with the Colorado...

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


Sandra Lundy began using marijuana at age 13. By 18, she moved on to harder stuff, including methamphetamine. Two decades and eight felonies later, Lundy, 39, thinks she has found the cure to her...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

DOW to move regional headquarters to Gunnison

The Colorado Division of Wildlife plans to move its Southwest Region headquarters from Durango to Gunnison within the next few years.The agency in July approved funding to design a new regional...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wolf Creek village redefines project

Developers of the Village at Wolf Creek have modified plans for a proposed land swap near the top of Wolf Creek Pass, where a resort town with ski-in and ski-out access is envisioned.The amended...

DATE: July 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

New rules could close dispensaries

DENVER – Nearly a fifth of Colorado’s medical marijuana dispensary operators could be forced out of business in coming weeks because of new state rules barring some convicted felons from the pot...

DATE: July 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teens suspects for fired cannon

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has identified several teenagers suspected of firing a cannon at a Durango bicyclist who organized a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis.Investigators plan to...

DATE: July 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mud, rockslides halt D&SNG

Mud and rockslides on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad prevented three trains and about 1,000 passengers from reaching Silverton earlier this week.Mary Nielson, of Monticello, Utah,...

DATE: July 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Office checks Garcia death

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday interviewed friends and family members close to Ted Garcia, the restaurant manager who was found fatally shot last weekend in his home.Investigators...

DATE: July 27, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bomb squad destroys dynamite stash

The Farmington Bomb Squad destroyed 25 sticks of dynamite Monday in La Plata County.An explosion occurred about 3 p.m. somewhere along Florida Road (County Road 240) northeast of Durango, said...

DATE: July 27, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s office investigates death of man in home

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of Ted Garcia, a widely known Durangoan who managed Francisco’s Resturante y Cantina on Main Avenue.The death was reported...

DATE: July 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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