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 Hide

It’s official: Monsoons a bust this summer

It’s official: The monsoon has been declared a bust. “Oh yeah, it was bust,” said Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction . “Definitely not a good...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas man in serious condition after crashing north of Silverton

A Texas man suspected of drunken driving suffered serious injuries Tuesday night after losing control of his vehicle on a mountain road north of Silverton and careening more than 130 feet up an...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 hour 27 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

Commercial logging is making a comeback in the San Juan Mountains. Stagnant over the past decade, Matt Janowiak, district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine district, said timber sales...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Complaint against Treasurer Allison Aichele’s campaign finances dismissed

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday dismissed a complaint that alleged La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele violated campaign finance laws. In June, it came to light that...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 23 hours 25 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s candidates spar about turnover, morale, homelessness

Two challengers seeking to be the next La Plata County sheriff criticized turnover, low morale and the treatment of homelessness during the past four years. Candidates for three contested races in...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Most fault road access to Village at Wolf Creek, others see economic potential

A majority of people who weighed in on the U.S. Forest Service granting the Village at Wolf Creek road access opposed the decision, citing many faults with the proposed resort atop Wolf Creek Pass....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters contain wildland fire in western La Plata County

Firefighters were able to contain a small wildland fire in western La Plata County on Saturday, said Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District Chief John Lee. The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m....

DATE: Sept. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next in 416 Fire burn area? Look to Missionary Ridge

HERMOSA – Those who wonder what the Hermosa Creek drainage will look like 15 years after the 416 Fire can look across the Animas Valley to Missionary Ridge for an example of a forest recovering...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA’s quick-action Superfund plan receives flak from commenters

The Environmental Protection Agency changed course this week and released public comments on its proposed quick-action cleanup plan for 26 mines in the Superfund site around Silverton. The agency...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 11 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

Two of the largest trees in the state of Colorado fell victim to the flames of the 416 Fire, a flyover of the burn scar revealed last week. Since the outbreak of the 416 Fire in June, forest...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bliss Bruen, longtime community organizer and visionary, dies at 74

Helen Elizabeth “Bliss” Bruen, a stalwart volunteer in the Durango community who served on countless boards and brought her visionary ideas to fruition, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, at her home in...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Should government have to pay for land-use decisions that affect property value?

A proposed initiative on the November ballot that would allow Colorado residents to make financial claims on property that is devalued because of government actions could create a mess for La Plata...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News