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

EPA finalizes action plan for Silverton-area Superfund

The Environmental Protection Agency’s quick-action plan to clean up mine sites in the Superfund area around Silverton in the next five years was approved and finalized Thursday, and work is...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | UPDATED: 13 hours 15 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service sued over decision to use chain saws in wilderness areas

A coalition of conservation groups has sued the U.S. Forest Service for its recent decision to allow chain saws for trail work in two wilderness areas in Southwest Colorado. The Forest Service...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 23 hours 35 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

BP fined for 3 spills in La Plata County, will pay $12.5M to fix pipelines

BP America Production Co. has been fined $68,000 for three spills in La Plata County and will pay an estimated $12.5 million to fix pipeline issues in Southwest Colorado. The spills, according to...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sexual assault case declared mistrial

A 12-person jury could not reach a unanimous decision this week in a sexual assault trial, the latest twist in a gang rape case that also resulted in an overturned conviction. Six men and six women...

DATE: May 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear with pizza craving breaks into car near Vallecito

A bear that broke into a car early Tuesday near Vallecito Reservoir had a craving for pizza, but the bruin lumbered away with an empty stomach. “There wasn’t any food in the car,” said Abigail...

DATE: May 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Three boats with mussels found trying to enter Navajo State Park

Three boats carrying invasive mussels were found trying to get onto Navajo Lake in the past month, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Colorado is surrounded by states where waters are...

DATE: May 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Jurors deliberate man’s fate in sexual assault trial

A jury is deciding whether a Durango man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in 2017 is guilty after closing arguments were made Monday morning. The trial for Devin Bond began May 14...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man arrested in connection with Ignacio death

Authorities have arrested a 50-year-old Cortez man on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with an investigation into a death last week in Ignacio. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office on...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM launches tip line to report suspicious activity on public lands

The old slogan, “If you see something, say something,” just got a little easier to do for anyone who sees nefarious activities on public lands in Southwest Colorado. The Bureau of Land Management’s...

DATE: May 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County revisits fire restriction policies in wake of 416 Fire

La Plata County is refining the way it implements fire restrictions after the 416 Fire last year brought a big learning moment to the community. Last year, extreme drought plagued Southwest...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

In beetle kill forests, there are winners and losers

When it comes to how wildlife adjust to living in forests ravaged by the beetle outbreak in Colorado, there are winners and losers, according to new research. The mountain pine and spruce beetle...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In the aftermath of avalanches, digging out will take time

While spring is in full swing in most of Southwest Colorado, impacts of heavy snowfall and unprecedented avalanche activity this winter are expected to be felt for months. “It’s more than just...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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