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

Durango man found guilty of hitting pedestrians while driving drunk

A Durango man was found guilty Friday of mowing down two pedestrians while driving drunk last year in downtown Durango. Cruz Baca, 39, showed little reaction to the guilty verdicts; his attorney...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Investigators to sift through debris of fatal apartment fire

Fire investigators were awaiting the arrival of insurance representatives to sift through the debris of a deadly townhome fire that killed one man and sent three people to the hospital early...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango native, restaurateur dies in townhome fire

Kevin Abeyta, a lifelong Durango resident and co-owner of a Mexican restaurant that opened earlier this year in the Main Mall, died in Wednesday’s apartment complex fire, authorities confirmed...

DATE: June 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Family, friends identify victim of early morning townhome fire

A deadly fire claimed one man’s life, sent three residents to the hospital and displaced several others early Wednesday at the Tercero Townhouse units in west Durango. Authorities have not...

DATE: June 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Military helicopters to buzz La Plata County

Some residents will be treated to an informal air show of sorts Thursday morning when 18 military helicopters are scheduled to fly through with a brief stop at the Durango-La Plata County Airport....

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial starts for Durango driver suspected of hitting pedestrians

A jury was selected and opening statements were made Monday in what is expected to be a five-day trial for a Durango man suspected of running over two pedestrians in a crosswalk while driving...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas trio charged with first-degree murder in Lightner Creek shooting

A shooting death that occurred last month in a mobile home park three miles west of Durango was part of a marijuana robbery, according to charging documents made public Friday. Three suspects –...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gubernatorial candidate wants to bridge political divide

If elected governor, Lew Gaiter said he wants to bridge the political divide, bring civility to political discourse and lead by influence rather than a show of power. The Republican candidate...

DATE: June 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested on suspicion of peeping into bathroom at Durango Welcome Center

A Cortez man was charged this week in District Court on suspicion of peeping into a bathroom at the Durango Welcome Center on Main Avenue. Hernando Tsosie, 39, faces one count of invasion of...

DATE: June 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small wildfire west of Durango quickly contained

A small wildfire possibly caused by lightning Wednesday afternoon quickly died down and was being tended by a hand crew. A thin plume of smoke was visible near Overend Park, west of Durango and...

DATE: June 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Father plans search party for Dylan Redwine’s remains

Mark Redwine, the father of Dylan Redwine, is organizing a community search for his son’s remains. The seven-day search is scheduled for Aug. 4-11 on Middle Mountain, northeast of Vallecito...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango boy recovers stolen bike trailer after some leg work

When 7-year-old Raleigh Shaw learned his homemade bike trailer had been stolen, he didn’t take it lying down. Instead, he canvassed neighborhoods and shared pictures of the missing trailer with...

DATE: May 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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