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

Former Pagosa Springs man pleads guilty to tax fraud involving hot springs

A former resident of Pagosa Springs with connections to the Springs Resort & Spa has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. William Marvin “Bill” Whittington, 68, of Scottsdale, Arizona,...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bomb threat evacuates Durango hotel, closes highway

A bomb threat called into a hotel closed U.S. Highway 160 for more than two hours Tuesday in west Durango. The highway reopened at 5:13 p.m. A man called the Holiday Inn & Suites with the bomb...

DATE: March 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two-car crash snarls morning commute north of Durango

Two New Mexico residents were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a traffic crash on U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. The crash occurred at 7:48 a.m. near Hermosa Meadows Road (County...

DATE: March 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters respond to small brush fire, highlighting dry conditions

Firefighters responded to a brush fire Wednesday south of Durango that, while small in size, demonstrates the heightened fire danger that has persisted through the winter months across Southwest...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police remind residents to lock cars after string of thefts in west Durango

The Durango Police Department is reminding residents to lock their car doors after about a dozen thefts were reported last month in the Crestview neighborhood in west Durango. At least eight cars...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowdown legends to share stories Monday at Powerhouse Science Center

Snowdown is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year in style, challenging one of the nation’s “Worst Dressed Communities” – that’s you, Durango – to prove the critics wrong (er, right) with this...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Carrie Woodson announces candidacy for La Plata County Assessor’s Office

Carrie Woodson, chief appraiser at the La Plata County Assessor’s Office, announced her candidacy Tuesday for top job at the Assessor’s Office. Woodson, a 40-year resident of La Plata County, said...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys mobile home east of Durango

Firefighters responded to a fully involved mobile home fire Friday morning at the Narrow Gauge Mobile Home Park east of Durango. When firefighters arrived, the double-wide trailer had flames...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

First day of winter delivers snowfall, slick roads

A quick winter blast turned a parched landscape white and made for slick driving Thursday morning across much of Southwest Colorado. The storm rolled into the region early in the morning and blew...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Herald prevails in lawsuit filed by spiritual group

A civil lawsuit filed against The Durango Herald in response to a vulgar email sent by a former employee has been tossed out of court with attorney fees awarded to the newspaper. The lawsuit was...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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