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

Silverton enters uncharted territory with no D&SNG trains this summer

SILVERTON – Over the years, Silverton has weathered many a storm – fires, avalanches, the collapse of mining – but never before has the small mountain town been without the Durango & Silverton...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Basin Public Health at risk of disbanding; director eyes job in Oregon

Archuleta County is looking to pull out of San Juan Basin Public Health, putting the region’s top health department at risk of disbanding and its executive director searching for a new job in...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 10 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

California man arrested for assault after fight on mountain pass in San Juan Mountains

A 38-year-old California man was arrested for assault after an altercation with another driver on a high-country mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains over who had the right of way. Ouray County...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 11 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man sentenced for stabbing outside Joel’s Bar

A 21-year-old Durango man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months at Hilltop House, a community corrections center, after he was arrested earlier this year for stabbing someone outside Joel’s Bar....

DATE: Aug. 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian hit by car in City Market parking lot in critical but stable condition

A 73-year-old Durango man is in critical but stable condition after being struck by a vehicle in the south City Market parking lot earlier this week. Durango Police Department Cmdr. Ray Shupe said...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New COVID-19 testing site pops up near Durango Public Library

A new and free COVID-19 testing site has been set up near Durango Public Library for three days a week. San Juan Basin Public Health announced the drive-thru and walk-up testing site will be...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Five years after Gold King Mine spill, water quality remains a concern

SILVERTON – Five years ago today, a breach at the Gold King Mine north of Silverton sent a deluge of water loaded with heavy metals into the Animas River, turning the waterway an electric-orange...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County lifts all fire restrictions

La Plata County lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions on Tuesday. With recent rains, local fire chiefs believe fires can be safely managed, said Durango Fire Protection District Chief Hal Doughty....

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Voter outreach will extend to La Plata County Jail, with COVID precautions

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has upended most facets of daily life, voting at the La Plata County Jail this November is expected to go on as usual. Erin Hutchins, La Plata County’s election...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County seeks to recover $337,000 in attorney fees, prevail in lawsuit

La Plata County hopes to recover an estimated $337,000 in attorney fees as part of a four-year legal battle with the state of Colorado – a case the county initially won in trial court, had...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Subway in west Durango closes for good

The Subway location on U.S. Highway 160 in west Durango has closed permanently after financial struggles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, co-owner Steve Redding said Monday. Redding, who has...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Repairs to Haviland Lake’s dam are complete

Repairs to the outlet structure of the dam at Haviland Lake have been completed, but it won’t be until after next year’s spring runoff that the popular fishing and paddling spot will start filling...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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