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

La Plata County’s district plans on track for September completion

La Plata County is aiming to have all of its district plans updated by September, planning director Jason Meininger said Wednesday. District plans are a guiding document that allows smaller...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2019 | UPDATED: 56 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New hotel near Purgatory Resort gets green light

A new hotel just south of Purgatory Resort was unanimously approved Tuesday by La Plata County commissioners. The hotel is slated to be located in what is now the Gelande overflow parking lot on...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Worker dies in explosion at natural gas site in Southwest Colorado

A 47-year-old New Mexico man died earlier this month after an explosion at a natural-gas well site in southern La Plata County. According to state records, Randy Yellowman was working as a contract...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Have an opinion on hunting or wildlife? Now’s your chance

If you’ve got an opinion on how hunting seasons are scheduled in Colorado, or just about wildlife management in general, now is the time to speak up. Every five years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife ...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Sunday night: ‘Super blood wolf moon’ total lunar eclipse

The weather is expected to be favorable for those interested in viewing the lunar eclipse this weekend in Southwest Colorado, with the National Weather Service calling for relatively clear skies...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

Beetle kill is spreading farther west into the San Juan Mountains and now dropping down into the corridor between Durango and Silverton, according to a new report from the Colorado State Forest...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Misjudgments led to fatal avalanche on Red Mountain Pass, report says

Several misjudgments led to an avalanche that killed a backcountry skier participating in a Silverton Avalanche School course earlier this month, according to a report. The Colorado Avalanche...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Report: Tax increase needed to keep La Plata County afloat

With oil and natural gas not expected to bounce back anytime soon, it appears only a tax increase to county residents can save La Plata County’s declining operating budget, according to a long-term...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shutdown’s impacts hit Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado is feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown as it enters its 25th day – the longest shutdown in U.S. history. La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday sent a letter...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police looking for man suspected of stabbing, shooting at Iron Horse Inn

Law enforcement is looking for a man suspected of being involved in a stabbing and shooting at the Iron Horse Inn early Monday in Durango. The Durango Police Department posted to its Facebook page ...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

People in Durango are not locking their bear-resistant trash cans, rekindling calls for the city of Durango to up its enforcement. At least that’s the takeaway message from a new study conducted by...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Has La Plata County shed its purple skin?

As political winds change, it appears La Plata County, which traditionally has bounced between voting Democrat and Republican, might be taking a turn for the deep blue. With unaffiliated voters for...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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