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Shane Benjamin
Position: Herald Staff Writer
Phone Number: (970), 375-4547

Photo: Going up: Dual-branded hotel in South Durango finally making progress

Firefighters douse blaze that started in Schneider Park

Investigators believe it was arson; fire spread along Animas River, grew to about 70 feet in length

Update: U.S. Highway 550 north of Purgatory to remain open during semi recovery

Truck was hauling pipe when it went over edge

Photos: Another bend in the road

Prescribed burn blamed for hazy skies across parts of Southwest Colorado

Firefighters burned about 1,130 acres Thursday in Boggy Draw area

Gov. Polis signs $40.6 billion Colorado state budget

Funding reflects a 3.7% increase from last year, or about $1 billion more in general fund spending

Durango School District evacuates Needham Elementary for gas leak

Odor was detected about 1:22 p.m., and leak was contained by 2:03 p.m.

Postal Service moving ahead with plans to overhaul Grand Junction mail

Regional processing center to become a local processing center

Gas leak prompts evacuation of Durango Walmart

Fire department says construction crew hit gas line

Tanker truck crash closes U.S. Highway 160 east of Durango for eight hours

Vehicle was hauling 7,900 gallons of liquefied natural gas, some of which spilled east of Elmore’s Corner

Firefighters unable to find gas leak at Durango High School that led to evacuation

DHS staff pulled fire alarm about 12:45 p.m.; scene was cleared by 1:30 p.m.

Firefighters douse car fire at Durango gas station

Blaze started in trunk of vehicle, which held two propane tanks