Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Counterrally planned for Confederate flag ride

A counterprotest is planned to “confront and stop” a Confederate flag ride from Durango to Pagosa Springs. A local group called Rocky Mountain Confederate Conservation plans to meet at 1:30 p.m....

DATE: March 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ex-Mancos marshal pleads guilty in drunken driving case

Former Mancos Marshal John Cox pleaded guilty Tuesday in La Plata County Court to his second drunken driving offense. Cox, 55, faces 10 days in jail or home-detention monitoring after signing a...

DATE: March 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police unsure about New Mexico driver’s motive in 93-mile pursuit across Southwest Colorado

Police were searching for answers Friday about why a woman driving a BMW led them on a 93-mile chase Thursday across Southwest Colorado. “We have nothing,” said Capt. Adrian Driscoll with the...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge dismisses wrongful death lawsuit in Redwine case

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of Dylan Redwine against her ex-husband was dismissed because the case was filed after the statute of limitations expired. A wrongful death lawsuit must...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

HUD announces $2.6 million in grants for Ute tribes

The Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes will receive $2.6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants will benefit low-income families living on...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rockslide on U.S. 550 may take a week to clear

It may take up to a week to clear a massive rockslide that came down early Sunday on U.S. Highway 550 about 10 miles south of Durango, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Tuesday. Crews...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercury takes on parent company’s name, Vantiv

After being purchased almost two years ago, Mercury is dropping its name and rebranding itself Vantiv Integrated Payments, which incorporates the name of its parent company, Vantiv. The...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

American to offer direct flight from Durango to LA

American Airlines will offer a direct flight between Durango and Los Angeles on Saturdays from June 2 through Aug. 22, said Kip Turner, director of aviation at Durango-La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman hit in head by art at the rec center settles lawsuit

A Durango woman who filed a lawsuit against the city of Durango after a piece of art fell on her at the Durango Community Recreation Center has settled her case. Shaohong Deng was watching her...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Jurors deliberate sexual assault case involving Hesperus man Edmund Peter Marx

Jurors on Tuesday began deliberating the fate of a Hesperus man accused of sexually assaulting a child as a pattern of abuse. Edmund Peter Marx, 63, is suspected of touching an underage girl’s...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three arrested in Durango during drug ring investigation

A nine-month investigation resulted in three arrests and the seizure of about $1.3 million in methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in La Plata County. The Southwest Drug Task Force announced the...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport ranks low for delays compared to other airports

For routine travelers such as Bayfield resident Ron Martin, the Durango-La Plata County Airport seems to have its share of delays and cancellations. “It’s pretty much a shared frustration that we...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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