Shane Benjamin

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Mark Redwine arrested in connection with death of son

Mark Redwine, the father of Dylan Redwine, was arrested Saturday in Bellingham, Washington, after a grand jury indictment in connection with his son’s 2012 death. He is being held on a $1 million...

DATE: July 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Exact cause of Lightner Creek Fire to remain ‘undetermined’

Firefighters know the Lightner Creek Fire started inside a house and spread to the surrounding wildland, but they are unable to determine what caused the fire inside the house. The fire burned too...

DATE: July 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cost of Lightner Creek Fire tops $2 million

Battling the 412-acre Lightner Creek Fire a few miles west of Durango cost slightly more than $2 million as of Thursday, said Scot Davis, spokesman with the Durango Fire Protection District. The...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

ICE fugitive seeks sanctuary in Mancos church

MANCOS – Rosa Sabido likes to say she lives inside a postcard.She loves the scenery, people and quietness of Cortez, where she has lived and worked for 30 years. But that idyllic scene may be...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters brace for second hot, windy day at Lightner Creek Fire

A fast-moving wildfire torched 100 acres and led to the evacuation of 170 homes Wednesday west of Durango, and firefighters braced for another tough day on Thursday. Smoke billowed above the hills...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coach dies in head-on crash on U.S. 160 east of Bayfield

A 59-year-old Bayfield man died Wednesday morning in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 160 a couple of miles east of Bayfield. The victim was identified as Michael D. Scalet, an assistant...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspected drug kingpin fails to show up for jury trial

An Arizona man suspected of importing and distributing large quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in La Plata County was a no-show this week at his scheduled jury trial. District Court...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small-stream flood advisory issued for north Durango

The National Weather Service issued a small-stream flood advisory until 7 p.m. Monday for northern Durango and a portion of north-central La Plata County. North Durango received six-tenths of an...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man found guilty of hitting pedestrians while driving drunk

A Durango man was found guilty Friday of mowing down two pedestrians while driving drunk last year in downtown Durango. Cruz Baca, 39, showed little reaction to the guilty verdicts; his attorney...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire victim rushed into home to warn mother, children

Firefighters on Friday credited Kevin Abeyta, 24, of Durango with sacrificing his life to save a mother and two children from a townhome fire. “It’s time to give Kevin his due,” said Karola Hanks,...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Adult, two children hospitalized after townhome fire

A deadly fire claimed one man’s life, sent three residents to the hospital and displaced several others early Wednesday at the Tercero Townhouse units in west Durango.Authorities have not...

DATE: June 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango native, restaurateur dies in townhome fire

Kevin Abeyta, a life-long Durango man and co-owner of a Mexican restaurant that opened earlier this year in the Main Mall, died in Wednesday’s apartment complex fire, according to family and...

DATE: June 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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