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

Protesters return to home of public health director in Durango

Protesters returned to the home of San Juan Basin Public Heath Executive Director Liane Jollon on Sunday, according to the Durango Police Department. A group of about 20 protesters first gathered...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | UPDATED: 13 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver identified in last week’s fatal crash on U.S. Highway 550

A 66-year-old man from Grand Junction died in a three-vehicle crash Friday night that closed the mountain passes between Durango and Silverton for about five hours. Colorado State Patrol Capt....

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | UPDATED: 12 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter weather disrupts travel, schools across Southwest Colorado

Travel and schools were impacted Monday morning after a winter storm caused inclement weather throughout Southwest Colorado. The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Monday morning...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2021 | UPDATED: 12 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Massive ranch northeast of Durango to be protected from development

A more than 700-acre property northeast of Durango has been placed in a conservation easement, seen as a huge win for protecting not only wildlife habitat, but also the city of Durango’s drinking...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man sentenced for 2017 sexual assault

A 21-year-old Durango man accused of sexual assault on a woman involving a shotgun with two other men in October 2017 was sentenced Friday to three years of community corrections. James Thomas Zink...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Getaway driver in burglary turned officer-involved shooting is sentenced

A 23-year-old Durango woman who was suspected of being the getaway driver in a burglary that turned into an officer-involved shooting last summer was sentenced Friday to three years in community...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Pair of bald eagles buck migration trend, calling Durango home

An effort to track eagle movements in Southwest Colorado, spearheaded by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has given new insight into just how far the iconic birds migrate across the continent. “We...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community COVID-19 vaccination site set to launch Saturday

A grassroots effort to run a large-scale, communitywide COVID-19 vaccination site for La Plata County appears to be taking hold. Earlier this month, a coalition of medical volunteers expressed an...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities identify homeless man found dead Monday

Authorities have identified a homeless man found dead Monday in downtown Durango. A La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputy discovered the man’s body around 10 a.m. , just off the parking lot at...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man who crashed car, fled on foot remains at large

A Durango man in his mid-20s remains at large after fleeing from police, crashing a car into a house and then taking off on foot earlier this week. A La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputy made...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Investigators piecing together timeline of 5-year-old’s drowning

Investigators this week continued to try to piece together the events that led to a 5-year-old boy drowning Sunday at Durango Hot Springs. “These cases are emotionally driven,” said La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2021 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm dumps 10 inches in Durango, more expected this week

At long last, Durango received its first significant snowfall in nearly three weeks – a boon to local ski resorts and a region in prolonged drought, but a wrench in Tuesday morning’s commute. The...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2021 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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