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

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

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

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