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

La Plata County jail inmate dies in custody

A 26-year-old man collapsed and died Friday at the La Plata County Jail, according to the Coroner’s Office. Vicente Lucero, along with other inmates, was let out of his cell Friday morning to...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s annual Zombie March ‘went very smoothly,’ police say

The Zombie March, an annual Halloween tradition on Main Avenue in Durango, was largely uneventful this year from a law enforcement perspective, according to the Durango Police Department. As is...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Herald readers ask why suspects are dressed identically

Many observant readers of The Durango Herald noticed something oddly similar about four headshots taken last month of criminal defendants who made the news: They’re all wearing what appear to be...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County Courthouse ‘unhealthy,’ report concludes

The Archuleta County Courthouse in Pagosa Springs is hazardous to public health and unsuitable for judicial employees, according to an air-quality assessment released Tuesday. The report, by A.G....

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Day of the Dead altar remembers Durango man who died in fire

It has been a rough couple of years for Durango resident Tonny Del Solar, who has lost his grandmother, mother, father, husband and favorite singer – all in a short period. Del Solar, owner of Los...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mix of snow and rain soak Southwest Colorado

A wet southern storm that collided with cool northern air failed to produce as much snow as expected Monday night and Tuesday morning in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. Highway officials...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow and rain expected Tuesday morning in Southwest Colorado

Snow, rain and cooler temperatures were expected to arrive Monday evening, courtesy of two storms merging over Southwest Colorado. A cold front from the Pacific Northwest will meet a storm carrying...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Attempted robbery suspect caught after 6-hour pursuit north of Bayfield

A La Plata County man was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted robbery, leading police on a 20-mile chase and a multi-hour foot pursuit north of Bayfield. Michael Fisher Wilson, 20, was being...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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