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

A walk outdoors can ease stress of cancer

A new program in Durango offers a chance for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to experience the outdoors through walking and hiking. Blueprints of Hope , a local nonprofit, recently...

DATE: April 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

Western Slope native tells of heroism during Benghazi attack

A Western Slope native turned CIA worker who found himself trapped in an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi while it was under attack by Islamic militants in 2012 said the highly politicized...

DATE: April 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo artists express experience with Gold Mine spill

Navajo artist Venaya Yazzie wrote the Diné expression – Tó éí ííná – beside a photograph of a friend sullenly looking out on the tainted San Juan River in the days after the Gold King Mine spill. ...

DATE: April 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

With retirement, CDOT’s Nancy Shanks is going somewhere

When longtime employees retire, they usually impart words of wisdom or tricks of the trade to their successors. For retiring Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks, she...

DATE: April 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new way to deal with food waste in Durango

A couple that recently moved to Durango didn’t feel right about throwing away their food waste and thought others in the community probably felt the same. So, they started a program to fix that....

DATE: April 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Acme Healing Center marijuana pulled because of pesticide detection

More than 10 strands of marijuana grown by Acme Healing Center have been ordered off shelves because of pesticide residues, but company representatives said Wednesday that’s because of “impossible”...

DATE: April 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

40 illegally operating wells ordered shut down in La Plata County

A cease-and-desist order has been issued to two oil and gas companies for illegally operating 40 wells in La Plata County, which state officials say “constitute an emergency situation posing a...

DATE: April 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park sewage study to be released next week

An engineer hired by the owner of Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park said he will release a study next week on the park’s wastewater lagoon, which has leached untreated sewage into its namesake creek...

DATE: April 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton accuses EPA of ‘threatening’ Gold King Mine owner

A letter sent by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of threatening the Gold King Mine owner and seizing his land prompted agency officials to explain themselves. On...

DATE: March 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango photographer captured intimate moment with Townes Van Zandt

For the avid music lover, a hurried rush to the men’s bathroom at Open Shutter Gallery quickly turns into a moment of curious distraction: How did a picture of Townes Van Zandt playing in Silverton...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Offer comes to relocate Lightner mobile home residents for free

A recent report of a leaking, open sewage lagoon at Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park has prompted representatives at Animas Mobile Home Community to offer to relocate three Lightner residents free...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King owner says EPA forced access agreement renewal

The owner of the Gold King Mine said Monday the Environmental Protection Agency again forced him to sign an access agreement through 2016 for several private mining claims, prolonging a land...

DATE: March 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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