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

Nearly 9,000 call for protections for Mesa Verde’s horses

On deadline day for public comment, nearly 9,000 people sent letters demanding protection for horses roaming Mesa Verde National Park, which wildlife officials say are trespassing and damaging a...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Bayfield school evacuated because of gas leak

Students and staff members at Bayfield Primary School were evacuated Tuesday because of a small gas leak detected at a meter behind the west campus. An alert sent to parents around 10:30 a.m....

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dense fog advisory issued for Durango area Tuesday night

Another cold night is in store for Durango, and there’s a dense fog advisory as well. The National Weather Service is calling for an overnight low of 4 degrees – that’s at least a few degrees...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Junction Creek mountain lion creating a buzz

Durangoans living in the Junction Creek area have been abuzz recently with regular sightings of a large mountain lion, but wildlife officials have reminded residents: You live in Colorado. “We live...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Before spreading ashes on public lands, check the rules

Living in a desirable part of the country with beautiful scenery, many people decide to make the wild lands of Southwest Colorado their final resting place. In March, Amy Buchanan and her family...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

After a delay for Gold King Mine spill, Bill Simon, co-founder of the Animas River Stakeholders Group, finally enjoying retirement

After more than 20 years as a coordinator of the Animas River Stakeholders Group, Bill Simon was about to retire when he received a call on Aug. 6 from a friend who said he should take a look at...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton officials expect to make January deadline for Superfund request

The race is on as Silverton officials look to write a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper requesting Superfund status for discharging mines north of town by the end of January – the deadline to be...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual bird count yields record number

The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count around Durango recorded the most species of winged animals since the event began in 1949, but organizer Susan Allerton said that could be...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Former ballet dancer, now foot, ankle surgeon in Durango

Before Dr. Douglas Lucas became an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, he graced the stage as a dancer with the Richmond Ballet in Virginia. The physical toll performances took on his body would go...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

Problems with fueling pumps in Bayfield may have caused thousands of dollars in damages

Drivers filling up at Bayfield’s two Conoco stations say they have suffered thousands of dollars in damages within the last two months because of contaminated fuel at one location, and gas...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Downed cable blamed for Hermosa-area multi-day phone outage

Some Hermosa-area residents are entering day three without phone service, with CenturyLink providing little to no information of when service will be restored. According to a recorded message,...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s to come in 2016?

Affordable housing and money for a new airport terminal are among the issues that area residents will likely hear about often in 2016. County residents might be asked again to increase taxes to pay...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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