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

What’s the future for La Plata County’s roads?

The city of Durango isn’t the only government feeling the crunch in trying to maintain its roads. La Plata County’s operating budget, historically, has relied on revenues from property tax, mainly...

DATE: March 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 13 hours 37 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire investigation taking ‘longer than expected,’ Forest Service says

The investigation into the cause of the 416 Fire is taking “longer than expected,” a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. Denise Alonzo, who recently took on the job of...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Shakeups won’t delay district plans, La Plata County officials say

Despite recent shakeups in staffing at the La Plata County Planning Department, district plans are expected to be completed as scheduled, county officials say. In recent weeks, a La Plata County...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter weather forces closure of Gold King Mine treatment plant

The water treatment plant built to reduce contamination from the Gold King Mine into the headwaters of the Animas River has stopped operations because of the extreme winter weather in the San Juan...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Power restored after nearly 5 hours in Silverton

The entire town of Silverton lost power for nearly five hours Thursday. Alex Shelley, spokesman for the San Miguel Power Association , said all 692 meters in Silverton lost power around 11 a.m....

DATE: March 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

High avalanche danger closes county roads near Silverton

The town of Silverton and San Juan County have closed all travel on county roads because of high avalanche danger and are strongly encouraging people to avoid recreating in the backcountry. In a...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

A race against time to document Native American shelters

For years, archaeologists have been documenting hundreds of wooden shelters left by Native Americans in northern Colorado, in a time-is-of-the-essence project as the land reclaims the historic...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 13 hours 35 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

What are the ultimate goals for Superfund cleanup around Silverton?

For the past few years, a question has loomed over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund site of mines polluting the Animas River headwaters around Silverton: What exactly does the...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Avalanches are coming down at a historic rate across Colorado. In Southwest Colorado alone, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has recorded nearly 170 slides since Dec. 1 – and that’s just...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hinsdale County sheriff, two daughters injured when avalanche hits their home

An avalanche hit and destroyed the house of Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey just south of Lake City early Tuesday morning, but Casey and his two daughters, who were inside, are all expected to...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Crash on Wolf Creek Pass kills man

Drugs, alcohol and excessive speed are considered factors in a crash on Wolf Creek Pass earlier this week that killed a 24-year-old man, according to Colorado State Patrol. CSP said in a news...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s budget and spending come under scrutiny at candidates forum

Budget issues, taxes and better spending practices were the resounding themes for Durango City Council candidates at a forum Monday hosted by the League of Women Voters. Four candidates – Kim...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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