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 Hide

La Plata County commissioner race decided by 23 votes

Democratic candidate Clyde Church has beaten incumbent La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake, a Republican, by 23 votes to become the county’s newest commissioner. Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Parker...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 12 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Where have all the elk gone?

The future of elk in Southwest Colorado is in jeopardy. Over the past few years, herds in the region have been slowly dying off, and wildlife officials are concerned about the iconic ungulate’s...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 44 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Highway 550 between Durango and Silverton to remain closed

U.S. Highway 550 is likely to remain closed until Thursday evening from Coal Bank Pass to Silverton as crews clean up hazardous material spilled from a semi-truck that lost control and rolled...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 hours 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Efforts underway to fill radar ‘blind spot’

Efforts are afoot to install a new radar system in Southwest Colorado that would effectively fill in one of the nation’s largest weather forecasting blind spots that spans the Four Corners. The...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 17 hours 8 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Aichele wins treasurer’s race; commissioner’s race still too close to call

Incumbent La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele has pulled away from challenger Colton Black, winning one of the most contested races in the county this year. In the Nov. 6 election, two races...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioners approve new gravel pit near Bondad

La Plata County commissioners approved a new gravel mine south of Durango near Bondad on Tuesday. Since 2014, Crossfire Aggregate Services , under an agreement with the Bonds family, has attempted...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Unlicensed waste company ordered to stop in La Plata County

A trash removal business that started hauling and dumping construction waste without a permit or state approval has been ordered to cease all operations on a property southeast of Durango. Megan...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire did not burn at as high intensity as thought

A new study of the 416 Fire burn scar found the fire, which ripped through the San Juan National Forest this summer, did not burn at such a high severity as previously thought. In July, the U.S....

DATE: Nov. 9, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Companies agree to pay nearly $1M for Silverton Superfund cleanup

The current owners of a former smelting company are on the hook for nearly $1 million in the Superfund site cleanup of mines around Silverton, which seeks to improve water quality in the Animas...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Races for La Plata County treasurer, commissioner remain undecided

Final election results for two tight races in La Plata County – for commissioner and treasurer – may be unknown for at least a week. In Tuesday’s election, the two races came down to the wire....

DATE: Nov. 7, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

By slim margin, Brad Blake appears to retain seat as county commissioner

After final voting results filtered in early Wednesday, incumbent La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake appears to have retained his seat representing District 1. With about 28,500 votes counted...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aichele squeaks out unofficial win in La Plata County treasurer’s race

Incumbent La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele appears to have possibly off challenger Colton Black, according to the final vote count released early Wednesday morning. With about 28,500 votes...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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