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

Indictment of Mark Redwine provides details about searches after his son Dylan disappeared

Mark Redwine, the father of Dylan Redwine, was arrested Saturday in Bellingham, Washington, after a grand jury indictment in connection with his son’s 2012 death. He is being held on a $1 million...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mark Redwine arrested in connection with son Dylan’s death

Mark Redwine, the father of Dylan Redwine, was arrested Saturday in Bellingham, Washington, after a grand jury indictment in connection with his son’s 2012 death. He is being held on a $1 million...

DATE: July 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Details emerge in Lightner Creek shooting death

A Durango man who was shot and killed during a marijuana robbery apparently lunged at the gunman before being shot in the chest, according to an arrest affidavit made public this week. The robbery...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Exact cause of Lightner Creek Fire to remain ‘undetermined’

Firefighters know the Lightner Creek Fire started inside a house and spread to the surrounding wildland, but they are unable to determine what caused the fire inside the house. The fire burned too...

DATE: July 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gem club president shares stories of the stones

Jaymus Perry has collected green and red gemstones since he was a little boy. The green ones, called peridot, capture bad thoughts. Some Navajos place a pebble-sized piece of peridot in their hair...

DATE: July 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspected gunman sentenced in home-invasion case

An Arizona man was sentenced to 32 years in prison Thursday for his role in a home-invasion robbery and shooting death of a Fort Lewis College student. Alvin Flores, 23, showed little reaction, as...

DATE: July 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Up in the sky: It’s smoke jumpers, it’s fireworks, it’s a drone

Careful spectators at Bayfield’s Fourth of July fireworks show may have noticed more than colorful pyrotechnics filling the night sky: a drone. On two occasions, a drone with a green flashing light...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cost of Lightner Creek Fire tops $2 million

Battling the 412-acre Lightner Creek Fire a few miles west of Durango cost slightly more than $2 million as of Thursday, said Scot Davis, spokesman with the Durango Fire Protection District. The...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drones disrupt firefighting efforts four times on Lightner Creek Fire

Firefighting operations were disrupted at least four times in four days by drones flying over the Lightner Creek Fire, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. Local law enforcement made...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

ICE fugitive seeks sanctuary in Mancos church

MANCOS – Rosa Sabido likes to say she lives inside a postcard. She loves the scenery, community and healthy lifestyle in Cortez, where she has lived and worked for 30 years. But the idyllic scene...

DATE: July 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Man sentenced to 24 years for home-invasion murder

An Arizona man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Friday for his role in a home-invasion robbery that resulted in the death of a Fort Lewis College student. Kuauhtleko Garcia, 22, showed little...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rumors of containment are greatly exaggerated

Sometimes history repeats itself, and when it does, that can be confusing. That’s what appears to have happened Thursday when some residents thought the Lightner Creek Fire was 40 percent...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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