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

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

Southern Ute police deputy involved in injury crash south of Durango

An on-duty Southern Ute Police Department officer was involved in an injury crash Thursday night on U.S. Highway 550 near Bondad. The two-car crash occurred about 10:35 p.m. and closed the highway...

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

Swastikas appear in Durango’s Three Springs subdivision

Police are investigating what appears to be a hate crime in the Three Springs subdivision and elsewhere in Durango, where several swastikas have appeared. A large swastika was drawn on a garage...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police surround house in west Durango

At least one woman was arrested Monday night after a brief standoff with police in west Durango, where three people are suspected of trespassing into a vacant house. Police responded at about 4:45...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talkative sheriff’s deputy retires after 37 years

Dan Bender survived being shot at in Vietnam, a pipe explosion in Durango and being stranded in the rugged wilderness near Ouray. Perhaps equally impressive: He’s dealt with the news media for more...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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