Position: City 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 Hide

United Airlines flight lands safely with smoke in plane

A United Airlines flight that departed Durango en route for Denver on Thursday morning was turned around shortly after takeoff because of a report of smoke in the aircraft. Flight No. 4473 departed...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seizure of 115 animals has cost Humane Society tens of thousands of dollars

The La Plata County Humane Society has already incurred at least $67,200 in costs associated with caring for about 115 animals that were seized last month as part of a massive animal-cruelty case,...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless residents create council to govern themselves

Homeless campers living west of Durango have created a governing council and adopted 19 rules for themselves to give order and security to an otherwise disorderly community. Some of the...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Swastika incident highlights importance of reporting crimes early

Durango’s police chief said it wasn’t until a third incident of someone putting a swastika on a door of a Jewish family living in Three Springs that an investigation began – a delay that upset...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters battling wildfire north of Durango

Firefighters worked Friday to contain a wildfire near Electra Lake, north of Durango. The fire, estimated to be 40 acres in size as of Friday night, was reported at 11:37 a.m. in the 42000 block of...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man robs Conoco gas station in Durango

Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing Conoco early Wednesday in Durango. The robbery occurred about 1:10 a.m. at 901 Camino del Rio, said Cmdr. Rita Warfield, with the Durango Police...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Green lights ahead for Highway 550 realignment with ‘Bridge to Nowhere’?

The Colorado Department of Transportation says all the funding pieces are in place to connect U.S. Highway 550 south of Durango with the Grandview interchange – known locally as the “Bridge to...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge Wilson declines to use Archuleta County offices for court proceedings

A district court judge said thanks but no thanks to Archuleta County commissioners’ offer to use their administration building in lieu of the county courthouse, which the judicial branch vacated in...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents share ideas for art in Durango medians

Durango-area residents have mixed feelings about what should happen with the raised medians near the DoubleTree Hotel intersection, where the city plans to install $25,000 worth of public art. More...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute police officer cited with careless driving

The Colorado State Patrol on Saturday identified the Southern Ute Police Department deputy who was involved in a crash Thursday night on U.S. Highway 550, near Bondad. Matthew Gallegos, 28, of...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rock climber rescued by helicopter after 16-foot fall north of Durango

A rock climber was rescued by helicopter Friday after falling 16 feet from a climbing area near Tamarron resort. The accident was reported at 11:38 a.m. at the Golf Wall climbing area, said Scot...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Coffman pledges to focus on rural Colorado

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said as governor she would bridge the divide between rural and urban parts of the state, including wealth disparity and broadband development. “I see the...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News