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

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

Blast effects lead to fever

A Durango man who was struck by the flare from an exploding cannon while mountain biking on the Colorado Trail northwest of Durango was briefly hospitalized Sunday night with a fever of 102.5...

DATE: July 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two bodies found in house south of Pagosa Springs

Two bodies were found inside a house about 15 miles south of Pagosa Springs, near Coyote Park in Archuleta County.The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was assisting the Archuleta County Sheriff’s...

DATE: July 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man in road-rage event pleads guilty

A Bayfield man who assaulted a 66-year-old man in a fit of road rage pleaded guilty to felony assault.Timothy Stephens, 44, faces between 15 days and 30 days in jail after signing a plea agreement...

DATE: July 23, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senate candidates align on tax plans

Candidates for La Plata County commissioner and the state Senate squared off Friday in back-to-back debates that hit on economic development, government oversight, tax incentives and high heels.The...

DATE: July 23, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

County candidates report fundraising

Candidates vying for La Plata County commissioner have raised similar amounts of money leading into the Aug. 10 primary.Bobby Lieb, a Republican who is unopposed in the primary, is reporting...

DATE: July 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters battle chemical fire, two sent to hospital

A sulfur-dioxide fire closed an entire city block in Durango on Wednesday and sent a police officer and a firefighter to the hospital.The fire was reported about 1:10 p.m. in the west 2100 block of...

DATE: July 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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