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

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

Police subdue woman after standoff on River Trail in Durango

A section of the Animas River Trail was cordoned off for more than an hour Monday while police tried to subdue a woman armed with a handgun who was experiencing suicidal thoughts. The standoff...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Road project in Durango misses targeted completion date

A 3-mile artery running through much of Durango remains under construction at the start of Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the tourist season. The Colorado Department of...

DATE: May 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College President Dene Thomas to retire

Fort Lewis College President Dene Thomas announced Friday she will retire June 30, 2018. Thomas was hired in March 2010 as the eighth president of the four-year institution and the first woman to...

DATE: May 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weather advisories dropped as skies clear, temperatures warm

A storm system that brought cool temperatures, cloudy skies and several feet of snow to the high country was headed out of the state Friday, making way for warming temperatures and mostly clear...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three homicide suspects make first court appearance

Three people arrested in connection with a shooting death at a mobile home park three miles west of Durango were advised of their rights and possible charges Thursday in La Plata County Combined...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango mother who caused fatal crash pleads guilty

A Durango woman who caused a head-on crash that killed her 8-year-old daughter pleaded guilty Thursday to careless driving causing injury and careless driving resulting in death. Neysha Candelaria,...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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