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

Judge finds probable cause in first-degree murder case

A District Court judge on Friday found probable cause to support a first-degree murder charge against a Durango man suspected of strangling his wife earlier this year in the Lightner Creek Mobile...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police officer credited with saving baby’s life

A Durango police officer is credited with saving a baby’s life last weekend while responding to an unrelated call. On Sunday, Cpl. Juan Gallegos was dispatched to an in-town apartment complex,...

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

Nicholas Kristof wants to spill your coffee

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof said he struggles to grab readers’ attention when writing about humanitarian crises around the globe, including violence against women in Sierra Leone,...

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

Business group calls panhandlers ‘characters’

The Durango Business Improvement District has seen an uptick in the number of “characters” drifting into downtown and is calling on merchants to make it difficult for them to “do their business”...

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

Durango man charged in connection with double stabbing at homeless camp

A Durango man suspected of stabbing two men at a homeless camp west of city limits was charged Friday with three counts of assault. Hernando Tsosie, 39, is being held at the La Plata County Jail...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio man charged on suspicion of taking upskirt video at Walmart

An Ignacio man suspected of taking video up the skirt of a woman at Walmart in Durango was charged Friday with invasion of privacy for sexual gratification and sexual exploitation of a child. Jaime...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield woman gets probation for break-ins

A Bayfield woman who broke into two buildings, both occupied by law enforcement officers, was sentenced Friday to 18 months of probation. Susan Murphy-Snively experienced a mental breakdown,...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two fires in three months at address east of Durango

Firefighters are investigating a fire that scorched a rubbish pile early Wednesday east of Durango – the same location where a shed and house burned three months earlier. The fire was reported at...

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

Man who fell rescued from La Plata Mountains

Rescue workers were able to reach a 76-year-old Durango man who fell and injured his head Monday in the La Plata Mountains west of Durango. Rescue workers received a distress signal about 10:35...

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

Durango firefighter responds to emergencies across the world

Driving a motorboat through neighborhoods submerged in floodwaters can be a surreal experience. “Neighborhoods are quiet, there’s no people, there’s no cars – it’s just desolate,” said Breaux...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man stabs attacker in chest at homeless camp west of Durango

A Durango man was in “fair” condition Thursday at Mercy Regional Medical Center after being stabbed once in the chest. The incident occurred about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at a homeless camp behind the...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Algae bloom blossoms in Animas River south of Durango

A stretch of the Animas River south of Durango has turned fluorescent green from an algae bloom. The growth is most pronounced downstream of the South Durango Sanitation District treatment plant,...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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