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

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

Firefighters brace for second hot, windy day at Lightner Creek Fire

A fast-moving wildfire torched 100 acres and led to the evacuation of 170 homes Wednesday west of Durango, and firefighters braced for another tough day on Thursday. Smoke billowed above the hills...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Victims identified in U.S. Highway 160 crash east of Bayfield

A 59-year-old Bayfield man died Wednesday morning in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 160 a couple of miles east of Bayfield. The victim was identified as Michael D. Scalet, an assistant cross...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Electronic wildlife detection system fizzles out east of Durango

An experimental wildlife-detection system installed nine years ago on U.S. Highway 160 east of Durango has fallen into disrepair and is no longer operational. The $1 million system was designed to...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Durango attorney, playwright found dead north of town

The La Plata County Coroner’s Office has identified a man who died by suicide last weekend as Jeffrey Deitch of Durango. Deitch, 60, was found dead by hikers about 10 a.m. Sunday on a trail between...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small-stream flood advisory issued for north Durango

The National Weather Service issued a small-stream flood advisory until 7 p.m. Monday for northern Durango and a portion of north-central La Plata County. North Durango received six-tenths of an...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Matches found near where Folsom Park fire started

Firefighters say teenagers may have started a brush fire that burned about a quarter acre Sunday in Durango. The blaze is a reminder that fire conditions are just as dangerous in city limits as...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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