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

Durango sexual assault suspects face life in prison

Three men suspected of sexually assaulting a woman after threatening her with a gun could spend the rest of their lives in prison if found guilty of felony sex assault. The charges were filed...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Herbalist provides free mobile clinic to the less fortunate

Clifton has lived in a tent west of Durango for about nine months. He suffers from chronic back pain, especially when hiking up and down mountains to access his campsite. He smokes cannabis to help...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Naked man suspected of assault, burglary north of Durango

A naked man is suspected of breaking into a woman’s house, assaulting her and running from law enforcement Thursday in the Hermosa area, north of Durango. Vicente Lucero, 26, was arrested and taken...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police use spike strips to end 18-mile chase

Police deployed spike strips Wednesday north of Durango to stop a driver suspected of domestic violence and leading police on an 18-mile chase. Shawn Max McCourt, 50, of Denver was being held at...

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

Ethics complaint against La Plata County commissioners falls flat

An independent review has found no wrongdoing on the part of La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, who was accused of having a conflict of interest and accepting things of value while serving...

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

Michael Jones charged in shooting death of Durango man

A district court judge on Tuesday found probable cause to support 10 charges against a Texas man suspected of shooting and killing a Durango man during a marijuana robbery. Michael Jones, 20, is...

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

La Plata County man found guilty of sexual assault on a child

A La Plata County man has been found guilty of sexual assault on a child after a four-day trial this week in Durango. The man, who was a juvenile at the time of the assaults, exposed himself to a...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three men arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Three men were being held Friday at the La Plata County Jail on suspicion of threatening a woman with a gun and then making her perform sexual acts. Devin “Ducky” Richard Bond, 21, Anthony “Izzy”...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio man found dead in creek from possible drowning

An Ignacio man appears to have drowned in a creek this week near town limits. Investigators believe Richard Landmark, 53, was living as a homeless man when he became intoxicated, went for a walk in...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Subway robbed at gunpoint in northeast Durango

Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing the Subway sandwich shop Thursday night on Florida Road in northeast Durango. The robbery occurred at 10:19 p.m. at 1537 Florida Road, near Bread...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

John Mulloy Jr. found guilty of burglarizing Bayfield pawn shop

A Bayfield man was found guilty Wednesday of burglarizing Pine River Pawn earlier this year in Bayfield. John Joseph Mulloy Jr., 34, faces up to eight years in prison for burglary. He also was...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two jury trials underway in Durango

Two jury trials are underway this week in La Plata County, one against a man suspected of sexual assault and another against a man suspected of burglary. About 430 jury summons were sent to...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News