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

Animas River suffered 80% die-off after 416 Fire ash flows

Colorado wildlife officials have confirmed the fish population in the Animas River has been severely depleted by flooding and debris flows from the 416 Fire burn scar. The 416 Fire in 2018 scorched...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-altitude grazing a high risk for cattle

For cattle grazing in the high country, altitude sickness can be a life-or-death situation. The ailment is most commonly referred to as “brisket disease,” but it goes by many other names, such as...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Charly Minkler announces candidacy for La Plata County commissioner

La Plata County has its first contested race for the Board of County Commissioners. Charly Minkler, a longtime La Plata County resident who has also served on the county’s Planning Commission the...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 16 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Simple tweak to radar could improve weather forecasting in region

Once blind spots for weather radar, Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners may soon show up on the map. The National Weather Service is proposing to lower the elevation of one of its radar systems...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County hires new finance director

La Plata County has hired a new finance director. Since February 2013, the county’s finance director had been Diane Sorenson. Sorenson, however, moved to Minnesota in October 2018 for family...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

What are 1041 Regulations, and why do residents oppose them?

If you were in downtown Durango on Tuesday morning and confused about people protesting something called “1041 Powers,” you’re not alone. “The community hardly knows anything about it,” said Dan...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Farm Bureau marks 100 years; celebration planned for Friday

The American Farm Bureau Federation is marking its 100th anniversary this year, with a celebration coming this week to La Plata County. Charly Minkler, president of the La Plata County Farm Bureau,...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New 28-lot RV park and tavern proposed near Trimble Lane

A local developer has proposed a new 28-lot RV park and tavern near Trimble Lane, about 10 miles north of Durango. According to county records, the project – called Willow Springs RV Resort – would...

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

The man who killed Colorado’s last grizzly bear

On this day, 40 years ago, Ed Wiseman killed the last known grizzly bear in Colorado. “It still amazes me the attack fascinates people,” Wiseman told The Durango Herald in an interview over the...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 41 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Software glitches cause heavy backlog for food, medical assistance

Glitches in new software installed by the state of Colorado are causing some La Plata County residents to receive medical, financial and food assistance weeks, and sometimes months, late. Martha...

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

Bear bites hunter after being shot near Pagosa Springs

A Pagosa Springs man was injured by a black bear last week after a hunting trip went awry, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for CPW, told The Durango Herald ...

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

La Plata County, tribe sign new agreement on oil, gas issues

La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe have agreed to new terms about the operation of oil and gas production by the tribe on county-owned lands. Because the SUIT is a sovereign nation,...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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