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

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

Camera shows wildlife using highway underpass east of Durango

A wildlife underpass completed late last year between Durango and Bayfield has proved to be a well-traveled thoroughfare for coyote, raccoons, mule deer and a few humans. A surveillance camera has...

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

Fourth man sentenced in slaying of Fort Lewis College student

An Arizona man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his role in a home invasion and shooting death of a Fort Lewis College student. Kodi Kuauhtli, 21, looked up at the ceiling and closed...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County commissioners: Courthouse not a health hazard

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Despite numerous illnesses, Archuleta County commissioners said Friday the county courthouse presents no health hazard to employees or the visiting public. In a resolution passed...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Archuleta County Courthouse safe to occupy?

A showdown looms in Archuleta County, where judicial and law enforcement employees vacated the courthouse last month for health concerns, but county commissioners say there is no evidence of a...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango slashing suspect turns himself in to police

A Durango man suspected of attempted murder for slashing another man’s face is being held without bail after turning himself in Monday night. Sean C. Giovanni, 29, made his first court appearance...

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

A dozen car tires slashed in South Durango

A dozen car tires were slashed early Tuesday in South Durango. Police and victims said someone used a knife to slice the sidewalls of 12 car tires sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m....

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

Airplane makes emergency landing at restaurant west of Durango

A pilot in a small airplane that experienced engine failure made an emergency landing Tuesday in the Kennebec Café parking lot near Hesperus. The plane landed about 11 a.m. with no engine running,...

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

Man arrested on suspicion of pulling knife on store clerk in Durango

The Durango Police Department arrested a man suspected of menacing a clerk with a knife Monday at the SkyRidge Market in east Durango. The incident was reported at 1:49 p.m. in the 100 block of...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wind gusts bring cooler temps, but warming trend expected this weekend in Southwest Colorado

Gusty winds shook fall leaves from autumn trees Friday across much of Southwest Colorado, bringing cooler temperatures to the region. Friday’s wind gusts reached 24 mph to 33 mph, as measured at...

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

Gold Star dad: ‘I cry, they cry, we laugh’

Gold Star father Harold Geer of Cortez drove his son’s 1968 Dodge Charger to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Thursday. He parked it in front of the Exhibit Hall, drawing the interest of veterans...

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

Durango police praised, told to smile more

One man said it’s good to see more police walking the streets of downtown Durango, but he’d like to see officers smile a little more. Another man said he hasn’t noticed any police downtown, but...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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