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

Trial postponed for two Durango environmentalists

The trial for two Durango environmentalists that was set to begin Wednesday has been postponed while a Utah state appeals court decides whether to review two petitions that challenge key rulings in...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Truck driver dies on Wolf Creek Pass

A 30-year-old truck driver from Florida died last weekend after plunging more than 125 feet off Wolf Creek Pass on U.S. Highway 160. Colorado State Patrol Capt. Adrian Driscoll said the truck, a...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 18 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Car almost drops off Red Mountain Pass

A driver from Minnesota had a close call last week when his car almost went off a sheer cliff, which drops hundreds of feet, on Red Mountain Pass. According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 18 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man is pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper

IGNACIO It took more than five decades for James Benavidez to clear his name and receive the justice he says he long deserved. In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pardoned Benavidez, along...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seedlings heal burn scar left by Missionary Ridge Fire

Little by little, the scar of the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire is disappearing. Since efforts began in 2013, almost 3,000 acres within the burn area northeast of Durango have been replanted. And, a...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

County wants to map underground waterways to help guide development

La Plata County may be taking a major step in understanding its groundwater system. In April, the Colorado Geological Survey nominated La Plata County to be the focus of a comprehensive...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Planning commission denies proposed gravel mine south of Durango

The La Plata County Planning Commission denied a proposed gravel mine south of Durango this week, and the project is now headed to a final vote with the La Plata County Board of County...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 48 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Monsoons could bring heavy rains this summer, new report says

The Climate Prediction Center is offering a glimmer of hope for precipitation in Southwest Colorado in the coming months – welcome news as the region continues to experience an intense drought....

DATE: May 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Quick response saves home on fire west of Durango

A fast response from local firefighting crews saved a single-family home west of Durango from being completely consumed Thursday. Scot Davis, spokesman for the Durango Fire Protection District,...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

First ‘memo’ has been sent for land-use code rewrite

La Plata County has sent out the first of several “memos” intended to guide the rewrite of the county’s land-use code after a failed first draft released this past winter was met with intense...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Some Salvation Army board members will stay on through transition

Some members of the local chapter of the Salvation Army board of directors have decided to stay on the board as the organization shifts from an all-volunteer effort to a service center-based model....

DATE: May 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Business owner accused of defrauding customers

A woman who has been operating a business from Ignacio is being accused by former employees of scamming people into a well-known fraud scheme that there is a secret government bank account people...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News