Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Investigation fails to find cause of double-fatal crash on Hwy. 550

An investigation has turned up empty as to why a longtime Durango man crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 550 in August, causing a head-on crash that killed him and a mother of two. On Aug. 23,...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Durango mother’s agonizing search for a diagnosis leads to Lyme disease

Tasha Rayburn gave birth nearly a year ago and was embracing life as a new mother when her health started to deteriorate fast – and to make matters worse, no one knew why. About three weeks after...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

How much development should occur between Durango and Bayfield?

Fast-food restaurants, strip-mall shopping centers, high-density housing: Is this the future of U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield? The 16-mile or so drive between the two Southwest...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Colorado company faces fines for construction site violations

A Colorado-based construction company likely faces fines for serious violations at a work site near Bayfield, according to state officials. “This is a serious offense,” said Kelly Morgan, an...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Trees brought down in avalanches can be collected for free

After a winter that brought down an onslaught of avalanches, the Bureau of Land Management has come up with a unique way to get it all cleaned up: free firewood collection permits. “It’s a win-win...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Man dies after car goes off road, into Animas River north of Silverton

A 45-year-old Silverton man died earlier this week after his car went off the road and into the upper Animas River. San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler said Gerardo Acosta went for a drive Sunday...

DATE: June 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Fire danger rears its head, with red flag warning issued for Southwest Colorado

Despite heavy snowpack this winter and a wet spring, conditions in Southwest Colorado can change on a dime: The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of La Plata and...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Flyovers offer bird’s-eye view for Assessor’s Office, emergency personnel

In 2015, La Plata County started conducting flyovers in an attempt to use aerial photography to better inspect homes and businesses for tax purposes, and by all accounts, it has worked, adding...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

As temperatures warm, Animas River swells, prompting flooding concerns

Get ready for some high flows, and potential flooding, on the streams and rivers around Southwest Colorado as temperatures heat up. After one of the largest snowpacks in recent history this winter...

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service to allow chain saws in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas

The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday it will skirt protections in the Wilderness Act to allow chain saws for trail work this summer in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas, a decision that...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Durango parents accused of comatose daughter’s abuse are sentenced

A Durango man who pleaded guilty to abusing his 4-year-old daughter – to the extent that she is expected to remain in a coma the rest of her life – was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison. Sixth...

DATE: May 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

La Plata County wants to know: Will voters support a tax increase?

Will La Plata County residents support a property tax increase to help the county’s declining operating budget? That’s the question that will be posed next month to some county residents in a poll...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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