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 Hide

Shooting range approved to operate in La Plata County

A shooting range and gun safety school was unanimously approved by La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday, despite some concerns from nearby residents over noise and safety. La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 20 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver suspected of killing two pedestrians on Main Avenue in Durango pleads not guilty

A 77-year-old part-time Durango resident suspected of veering off north Main Avenue and killing two pedestrians last year is scheduled for trial in April after pleading not guilty Tuesday in La...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 hours 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Only 2 customers remain without power on Florida Road, northeast of Durango

As of 6:45 p.m. Monday, only two La Plata Electric Association customers remained out of power northeast of Durango, off Florida Road (County Road 240), after a car hit a pole around 4:30 p.m., a...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 hours 35 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman found dead Saturday identified as 40-year-old Forest Lakes resident

A woman found dead Saturday along Florida Road has been identified as a 40-year-old Forest Lakes resident, but authorities are at a loss about the circumstances of her death. Around 7:15 a.m....

DATE: Jan. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sightings soar at annual Durango bird count

This winter’s unusually warm weather and concerning lack of snowpack has affected reservoir storage, fire danger and the ability of skiers and snowboarders to take to the backcountry. Likewise,...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

During warm winter, bears wander Durango neighborhoods, unable to sleep

It may seem incomprehensible – it being January – but bears are being spotted in Southwest Colorado, prompting the city of Durango to extend an emergency ordinance that hits residents with stiffer...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Zuke’s to leave Durango, layoff 16 local employees

One of Durango’s oldest homegrown companies has announced it will be leaving for Texas and laying off nearly 75 percent of its employees. Zuke’s Pet Nutrition announced Thursday it will join with...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials receptive to reversing paragliding ban on Smelter Mountain

The prospect of paragliders being allowed to once again launch from Smelter Mountain cleared a major hurdle Thursday, but that doesn’t mean glider pilots will be taking to the skies above Durango...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Juniper trees across Southwest Colorado are taking a mysterious turn

Across Southwest Colorado, juniper trees may look like they’re dying, but local foresters say the situation is a lot more complicated – and puzzling – than meets the eye. “It’s very strange,” said...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake to seek second term

Sitting La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake announced Tuesday he will run for re-election this year. “There’s a lot of good things happening at La Plata County and a lot of tough things,” Blake...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Power restored to 2,230 customers east of Durango

Power has been restored to more than 2,200 customers on Florida Mesa, east of Durango, after a front-end loader hit a utility pole Tuesday morning, according to the La Plata Electric Association....

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Could paragliders return to Smelter Mountain?

Could paragliders launching off of Smelter Mountain be a regular sight in Durango once again? That’s for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to decide Thursday, yet the prospect faces stern...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News