Jonathan Romeo

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Winter slumber comes to an end for hibernating bears

Bears are waking up around Durango, and it’s time to start taking precautionary measures to reduce human-bear conflicts, wildlife officials say. “It’s that time of year,” said Colorado Parks and...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

New funeral home to serve growing population in La Plata County

A new funeral home is coming to Durango that aims to help alleviate the demand for service as the region’s population grows. The Williams Funeral Home last week received approval from La Plata...

DATE: March 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Flooding from runoff on 416 Fire a growing concern

It’s time to start thinking about the potential risks of flooding from spring runoff on the 416 Fire burn scar. This winter’s snow has been a welcome sight to drought-stricken Southwest Colorado....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II coal mine could be extended by 20 years

Members of the public may now comment on an environmental analysis that seeks to assess the potential impacts of expanding operations of GCC Energy’s King II coal mine near Hesperus for at least...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

More snow expected Tuesday; Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio schools cancel classes

Blizzard-like conditions buried Southwest Colorado in another layer of fresh snow Monday, leading to chain laws on mountain passes, canceled flights at the Durango-La Plata County Airport and an...

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

Residents dig out, but more snow is on the way

One of the biggest snowstorms to hit Southwest Colorado this year caused a bit of chaos Friday, and it doesn’t appear winter is about to loosen its grip. Heavy snowfall started Thursday night and...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mitigating avalanches no easy task on San Juan Skyway

On the morning of March 5, 1992, a massive avalanche tumbled down a slide path on Red Mountain Pass just south of Ouray, burying two Colorado Department of Transportation employees. The pair were...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents irked at La Plata County commissioners' open letter

The 40 or so La Plata County residents who attended Thursday's Planning Commission meeting were a bit dismayed that the "elephant in the room" wasn't initially addressed. Earlier this week, the La...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Homes in La Plata County have 50-50 chance for unsafe levels of radon

Katherine Burgess lived for 14 years in her home in east Durango when she finally decided to test for radon. Like many residents in Colorado, Burgess knew that radon levels in homes throughout the...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

La Plata County's district plans on track for September completion

La Plata County is aiming to have all of its district plans updated by September, planning director Jason Meininger said Wednesday. District plans are a guiding document that allows smaller...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Despite shutdown, TSA agents in Durango show up for work

Despite the partial government shutdown entering its 34th day, and federal workers about to miss their second paycheck, Transportation Security Administration agents at the Durango-La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Worker dies in explosion at natural gas site in Southwest Colorado

A 47-year-old New Mexico man died earlier this month after an explosion at a natural-gas well site located in southern La Plata County. According to state records, Randy Yellowman was working as a...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

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