Position: County & environment reporter

Email: jromeo@durangoherald.com

About: Jonathan Romeo has been with The Durango Herald since August 2015, serving as the Health & Environment reporter. A native of New Jersey, Romeo received a journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. He has freelanced for The Boulder Weekly, Listen Up Denver and several other publications throughout the West. He was most recently working as an Associate Editor for an online news publication outside Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Durango. Read More

How rescue workers saved 28 hikers in two hours near Silverton

The Ice Lakes Trail lures thousands of hikers every year to this high-alpine destination west of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains. So when a wildfire broke out last week, cutting off access to...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury selection begins in Mark Redwine trial

Potential jurors started filtering in Thursday morning for the trial of Mark Redwine, who is accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, in 2012. Because the case has been so highly publicized...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 hours 7 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mark Redwine, accused of killing 13-year-old son, Dylan, set for trial Thursday

The long-awaited trial for Mark Redwine, a Vallecito man accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, in 2012, begins Thursday. The homicide trial is perhaps the most high-profile case in...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter storm knocks out wildfire west of Silverton

A winter storm has put the final nail in the coffin for the Ice Fire burning west of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service announced Tuesday...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 10 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID cases, quarantines cause staffing issues for Durango Fire Protection District

The Durango Fire Protection District is experiencing serious staffing issues after a handful of crew members recently tested positive for COVID-19, said Chief Hal Doughty. Two crew members who...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County adopts stricter regulations to reduce COVID-19 spread

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in La Plata County, tighter restrictions will be re-enacted Monday, including earlier last-call times and a lower limit to the number of people at personal...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow expected this weekend across Southwest Colorado

Get ready for a mysterious sight to fall from the sky: rain and snow. After weeks of unseasonably dry and sunny weather, things are about to look different. “It’s going to be a pretty drastic...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Who enforces health orders? Agencies point fingers in La Plata County

Two businesses in La Plata County are accused of breaking a state order that requires people to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but local and state agencies are pointing...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Halloween will look different this year, but here’s how to celebrate safely

Like most everything this year, Halloween is going to look a little different than normal. As expected, COVID-19 safety protocols in place that encourage social distancing, limited group size and...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice Fire reaches 30% containment, despite high winds

The Ice Fire experienced little growth and was 30% contained as of Thursday night despite high winds that swept through the region. “There was a little bit of activity, but it was basically inside...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

VIDEO: Footage captures Jeep falling off Black Bear Pass

A stunning video captured footage of a Jeep that fell off Black Bear Pass earlier this month, seriously injuring a 23-year-old Durango woman and nearly missing another vehicle. The video, posted...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice Fire west of Silverton grows to 508 acres, 15% contained

SILVERTON – A wildfire burning in the San Juan Mountains west of Silverton slowed its spread Tuesday after roaring to life Monday, scorching 508 acres and trapping 23 hikers on the popular...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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