Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Durango officials identify driver in Main Avenue bump-out crash

A suspected drunken driver careened through a “bump-out” Wednesday night on Main Avenue in Durango, sending four people to the hospital, according to the Durango Police Department. The crash...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington police: Grace period is over, traffic enforcement steps up

Farmington drivers have developed a bit of a lead foot during the coronavirus pandemic. Overall traffic volume was significantly reduced in late March and most of April when New Mexico issued a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Isolated rain, hailstorm cause flooding

Isolated thunderstorms caused flash flooding Sunday north of Durango, including mud and debris flows across at least three La Plata County roads. The storm materialized about 3:20 p.m. when the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cox Canyon fire near New Mexico line at 130 acres

The Cox Canyon fire burning near the Colorado-New Mexico line north of Aztec was about 130 acres in size as of Sunday morning, according to the San Juan County Fire Department. The blaze started...

DATE: July 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police identify officer involved in shooting death

The Durango Police Department released additional details Friday about an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this week, including the name of the officer who killed a burglary suspect....

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Motorcyclist crashes on Main Avenue, suffers head injury

An inexperienced motorcyclist hit a “bump-out” and crashed onto a sidewalk Thursday evening on Main Avenue in downtown Durango, according to police. The crash occurred about 7 p.m. in the 1000...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death behind Walmart in Durango

The Durango Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that occurred Sunday behind Walmart in Durango. Police and medics were notified at 2:50 p.m. of an unconscious man not breathing...

DATE: April 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver unintentionally ended up on wrong side of road in head-on crash

Law enforcement says a Bayfield man who caused a head-on crash earlier this month south of Durango accidentally ended up on the wrong side of a divided highway. The crash occurred at 7:42 p.m. Nov....

DATE: Nov. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Clogged dryer vent blamed for mobile home fire

A mobile home fire that displaced a family Sunday night northeast of Elmore’s Corner originated in a dryer vent, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire Protection District. The fire...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burglary suspect remains loose near Durango

A burglary suspect believed to be armed and dangerous remained on the loose Tuesday after a 4½-hour search Monday night near western Durango city limits. The suspect has been identified as Robert...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Internet, cellphone service return after 24-hour outage in Silverton

A lightning strike took out internet service and cellphone coverage for about 24 hours in Silverton. The strike occurred Thursday afternoon and apparently hit or impacted a cell tower near the...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single-engine antique plane crashes southwest of Mancos

A pilot and a passenger survived a plane crash Wednesday night southwest of Mancos. The crash was reported about 8 p.m. in a remote area south of County Road J and west of County Road 41, said...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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