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 Hide

Floods cover roads, property and train tracks north of Durango

Floods and mudslides that emergency workers feared since rains started to hit the 416 Fire burn scar arrived Tuesday afternoon, with significant debris flows across U.S. Highway 550, railroad...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 11 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Police identify man who drowned Saturday

A man who died by drowning in a storm drainage near the Animas River over the weekend has been identified as Troy Owen, 66, of Durango. Durango Police Cmdr. Ray Shupe said Owen’s next of kin, many...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 9 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Prosecutors to drop charges against Durango environmentalist Rose Chilcoat

The Utah Attorney General’s Office said Monday there is not enough evidence against Durango environmentalist Rose Chilcoat to bring her case to trial. “This means the charges against her will be...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 9 hours 39 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Three men injured in ‘mutual combat’ with knives

Three men engaged in a “mutual combat” with knives were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center on Sunday. A spokesman with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said a report came in Sunday evening...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 9 hours 35 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ann Butler, a community storyteller, forges a path to recovery

If you’ve noticed something missing in The Durango Herald recently, don’t worry, you’re not alone. “I still run into people at the grocery store who ask me, ‘Are you going to be back soon?’” said...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman says she embezzled $500,000 from dental office

A 49-year-old Durango woman has been arrested for embezzling an estimated $500,000 from her former employer at a local dentist office over a six-year period. Robin Bernazzani was booked this week...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Receding shoreline leaves dock high and dry at Vallecito Reservoir

VALLECITO – Drought’s domino effect in Southwest Colorado has hit again, this time at Vallecito Reservoir. With the reservoir less than 50 percent full, and waters continuing to drop, lake managers...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County downgrades to Stage 2 fire restrictions

La Plata County on Wednesday downgraded to Stage 2 fire restrictions. In a unanimous vote, La Plata County commissioners decided that with more moisture in the region, which has tempered fire...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad eyes Thursday reopening

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad plans to resume coal-fired steam engine service to Silverton on Thursday, after more than 40 days stuck in the depot. “We are preparing to run on that...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Paragliders can return to Smelter Mountain after ban ends

Paragliders floating around the skies above Durango will once again become a familiar sight. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a citizen petition asking for...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Truck driver hauling sludge for EPA cited with careless driving

A truck driver who crashed into Cement Creek while contracted by the Environmental Protection Agency to haul sludge from the Gold King Mine was cited Monday with careless driving. Colorado State...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Decision to haul Gold King Mine sludge raises questions

Could the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to haul waste from the Gold King Mine to the banks of the upper Animas River put undue stress on a fishery already struggling to survive? That’s the...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News