Position: County & environment reporter

Email: jromeo@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4515

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

Car goes hundreds of feet off Wolf Creek Pass after driver falls asleep

The occupants of a car that went an estimated 300 to 400 feet off Wolf Creek Pass after the driver fell asleep are expected to survive – thanks to seat belts. Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Blake...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 hour 3 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police report 3 burglaries in less than 24 hours

Three burglaries were reported in Durango in less than 24 hours, according to police. Durango police Cmdr. Rita Warfield said the first incident occurred at Albertsons, 311 West College Drive,...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 hour 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man dies after head-on crash on Highway 160

A 27-year-old Cortez man died Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 160 after hitting a semitrailer head-on. Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Blake White said authorities were alerted to the crash around 7:30...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 hour 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Amid national violence, La Plata County looks to increase security

La Plata County is proposing to beef up its security. As part of the draft 2020 budget, officials have called for four new security-guard positions to patrol county offices and facilities. The...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

It took two years, but district plans are complete

It took just one hour on Thursday to formally certify La Plata County’s district plan update, the culmination of a two-year effort. “I know it was hard, I know it was frustrating, I know it was...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 53 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Prosecutors will retry Pagosa Springs man accused of child sex assault

Prosecutors will retry a Pagosa Springs man who is accused of sexually assaulting a child last year in Bayfield after jurors last week could not come to a unanimous decision about guilt or...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Letters sent to Durango residents warning of potential radioactive waste

Residents who potentially have radioactive waste on their property may receive a letter from the state health department in the coming days, alerting them of the possible contamination and health...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who killed moose fined; can still hunt in Colorado

A Farmington man who shot and killed a moose that he mistook for an elk near Silverton last year has been fined $1,000 as a result of the incident, but state wildlife officials decided not to ban...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Frequent power outages around Hermosa spark investigation

A series of power outages during the past few weeks around the Hermosa area had crews with La Plata Electric Association out Wednesday trying to figure out the problem. Justin Talbot, operations...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two incumbents, one newcomer win Ignacio School Board seats

Two incumbents and one newcomer took the three available seats for the Ignacio School Board on Tuesday. According to unofficial election results, Ignacio residents chose newcomer Allen McCaw with...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Voters approve tax increase for Animas Mosquito Control District

Voters approved a tax increase Tuesday to fund more staff for the Animas Mosquito Control District, but they rejected a waiver on term limits on the board of directors. The Animas Mosquito Control...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Some residents happy, others less so, with county district plans

The long-awaited updates to La Plata County’s district plans are scheduled for completion this week and next, but it’s a mixed bag among residents whether the documents are truly representative of...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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