Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Judge delays decision in Cortez man’s stabbing case

District Judge Jeffrey Wilson is having a tough time deciding whether to accept a plea agreement that would grant a probationary sentence to a Cortez man who stabbed another man with a knife...

DATE: May 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

More suspects arrested in Four Corners sex sting

A child predator sex sting has netted at least three more men suspected of trying to pay for sex with minors in Durango, bringing the total to at least six arrests during a three-day period....

DATE: May 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three Four Corners men arrested in child sex sting

At least three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted solicitation of a child as part of a sting operation. According to arrest affidavits filed in 6th Judicial District Court, all three...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former Mancos marshal John Cox gets probation for DUI

Former Mancos Marshal John Cox was sentenced Tuesday to one year on probation for drunken driving in La Plata County. Cox was involved in a single-vehicle crash just after 11 p.m. Nov. 10 on U.S....

DATE: April 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Black students unite at Fort Lewis College

Dabney Meachum arrived at Fort Lewis College four years ago, feeling the same anxieties most freshman experience upon arriving to college: a desire to fit in and make friends. But Meachum, who is...

DATE: April 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hospital releases kids injured in deadly Colorado crash

The final two children involved in a fatal car crash Monday in La Plata County have been released from an Albuquerque hospital, a spokesman said Thursday. Arianna Aguilar, 1, and Shawn Martinez, 9,...

DATE: April 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tourism at Mesa Verde posts sizable increase

Visitation was up 8 percent last year compared with the previous year at Mesa Verde National Park . The park’s 547,325 visitors spent an estimated $55.4 million in surrounding communities,...

DATE: April 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kids in deadly Colorado crash didn’t wear seat belts

None of the five children involved in a fatal car crash Monday in southwest La Plata County were wearing seat belts, the Colorado State Patrol said Tuesday. Mia Martinez, 8, of Durango died in the...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unknowns remain about marijuana’s impact on public health

Colorado is more than two years into its social experiment allowing the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes, yet much remains unknown about the drug’s effect on public health. Four...

DATE: April 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Mancos man suspected in theft of church credit card

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of racking up more than $14,000 on a credit card belonging to a Bayfield church. Lucas Charles Gallegos, of Mancos, and Royce Kim Cowan, of Durango, are...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Skier visits up across Colorado

Skier visits are up 6.2 percent for the season and 3.8 percent for January and February for 21 ski resorts across the state, according to Colorado Ski Country USA. The numbers are looking even...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Homeless program receives HUD grant

Housing Solutions for the Southwest has received a $139,910 grant to help homeless families find housing. The grant supports the Southwest Colorado Transitional Housing Program, which assists 10 to...

DATE: March 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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