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

Avalanches leave path of destruction across popular trails

Across the San Juan Mountains, the barrage of avalanches this past winter has caused damage to popular recreational trails, prompting an extensive effort forest-wide to start the cleanup. The...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 17 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

With issues at Treasurer’s Office fixed, county receives clean audit

Issues at the Treasurer’s Office have been fixed, and La Plata County received a clean audit for 2018. “I am happy to note we didn’t note any material weakness this year,” Matthew Marino, with...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 hours 49 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunnyside Gold may face fines, litigation for refusing EPA work order

Sunnyside Gold Corp. may face fines and possible litigation for its refusal to carry out work in the Superfund site of mines around Silverton. The Environmental Protection Agency said this week ...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 15 hours 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA drills into American Tunnel to unravel mine pollution mystery

SILVERTON – Deep down, hundreds of feet below the Earth’s surface, the Environmental Protection Agency is looking for answers to one of the biggest mysteries in the Superfund site of mines around...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New 169-unit storage facility coming to Ignacio

A proposed 169-unit storage facility near Ignacio was given the green light Tuesday. La Plata County commissioners unanimously approved a Class 2 land-use permit for the facility that is expected...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Request approved to rezone Animas Valley property for higher density

La Plata County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a request to rezone a property in the Animas Valley for a higher-density development. According to county records, Chris Hall and his...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA says it will carry out work Sunnyside Gold refuses to do

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will “ensure” cleanup activities will be accomplished that Sunnyside Gold Corp. refused to do, but it could result in fines and possible litigation...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 58 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal miner seriously injured at King II near Hesperus

A 40-year-old Cortez man was seriously injured and required a helicopter transport to Denver last week while working at GCC Energy’s King II coal mine near Hesperus. Rod Allen, with Durango Fire...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Durango Native’ revives Durango’s early days

There was a time before Durango had a Starbucks, a craft brewery or even paved roads. And that’s the era Jack Turner said he wants to bring back to life, if only for a night, with his new series,...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton’s Fourth of July out of control, officials say

After a chaotic and dangerous Fourth of July celebration, Silverton’s flagship event of the year must make drastic changes, event organizers say. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad said...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Strong thunderstorm headed for 416 Fire burn scar

A potentially strong thunderstorm is headed for the 416 Fire burn scar, prompting flood warnings Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement that said...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan County sheriff cracks down on illegal off-roading

San Juan County’s sheriff is cracking down on illegal off-roading in the high country around Silverton. “If you can’t properly use your toys in San Juan County, we’re going to take your toys away...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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