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

Before Powell: Did Indigenous people run the Grand Canyon?

Throughout the history of the West, it’s commonly accepted that the grizzled, one-armed Civil War major and geologist John Wesley Powell was the first to journey by river into the treacherous and...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

La Plata County sees surge of new COVID-19 outbreaks

A rash of COVID-19 outbreaks in La Plata County were reported this week, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Every Wednesday, CDPHE updates its list of outbreaks...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | UPDATED: 12 hours 51 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man arrested on suspicion of road rage with cyclist

A 33-year-old Durango man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing Tuesday after a road rage altercation with a cyclist, according to the Durango Police Department. Cmdr. Ray Shupe said a...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | UPDATED: 12 hours 50 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Two popular lakes north of Durango impacted by maintenance projects

Two popular lakes for recreation north of Durango that were drained in 2019 will be impacted this summer as a result of maintenance projects. Xcel Energy spokesman Randy Fordice said in an email to...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | UPDATED: 12 hours 51 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury trials postponed in La Plata County as COVID-19 cases rise

Jury trials, which were expected to pick back up in mid-April have again been put on hold as La Plata County sees a rise in COVID-19 cases. District Court Judge Jeffrey Wilson issued an order...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Vacant juvenile detention center in Durango to become a community corrections center

After months of research and evaluation, La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to convert the vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center into a new location for community...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River Days to return this year

Durango’s Animas River Days is back on, according to event organizers. Every year since 1983, the river-running festival has been held in Santa Rita Park at the Durango Whitewater Park. It features...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man’s death thought to be accidental, but cause remains unknown

An autopsy has failed to explain why an 18-year-old La Plata County man who was missing for two months was found dead last week less than a half mile from his home in the Rafter J subdivision,...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Young Durango bookstore owner navigates pandemic

When Evan Schertz took over ownership from his parents of Maria’s Bookshop, a downtown Durango staple, he was already facing all the challenges of a new business owner in his early 20s. Then the...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man cited for starting fire at Oxbow Park & Preserve

A 43-year-old man known to be part of Durango’s homeless community has been cited on suspicion of starting a fire at Oxbow Park & Preserve last week, according to the Durango Fire Protection...

DATE: April 9, 2021 | UPDATED: 5 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Water supply, wildfire concerns loom over spring, summer

Once again, Southwest Colorado’s prolonged drought is expected to bring a host of challenges over available water and fire danger in the coming months. “I’m really worried about the conditions we...

DATE: April 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite nice weather, wildlife closures remain in effect

Despite the spring-like weather, select public lands closed to protect critical winter wildlife habitat for big game remain off-limits until April 16. “People should still respect the closure,”...

DATE: April 8, 2021 | UPDATED: 6 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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