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

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

Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park owner ordered to shut down sewage pond

After more than a decade in violation of the Clean Water Act, state officials have ordered Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park to shut down its sewage lagoon, which is seeping a mixture of feces, urine...

DATE: March 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s allergy season blows in early

It seems everything is arriving early this year: warmer temperatures, spring runoff and, yes, allergy season. “We’ve been seeing the cedar pollen showing up earlier – since the last week of...

DATE: March 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

Bureau of Land Mangement admits mix-up on deferred oil and gas sale

A voicemail from a Bureau of Land Management project manager announcing the deferral of a 2,122-acre oil and gas lease sale on sacred land near Chaco Canyon prompted environmental groups on Tuesday...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dylan Redwine’s mother tells Dr. Phil of frustration with case

In a short but somber interview Tuesday on “The Dr. Phil Show,” the mother of Dylan Redwine – the 13-year-old who vanished from his father’s home in 2012 and whose remains were found seven months...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spring runoff data suggest ‘red flag’ for Animas River aquatic life

Water samples taken from the Animas River during the season’s first spring runoff since August’s Gold King Mine spill raise a “red flag” for potential harm to aquatic life in the waterway. On Feb....

DATE: March 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Universal health care examined Thursday

The question at the Durango Public Library on Thursday will be: Should the state of Colorado adopt, and effectively set the precedent, for universal health care in the country? At 5:30 p.m., Denver...

DATE: March 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde’s gateway into the past at risk

From the vantage of a lofty aerial view, the entrance into Mesa Verde National Park largely remains an untouched gateway into the past where visitors can immerse themselves in some of the...

DATE: March 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Have we seen the end of El Niño?

All around Durango, the sight of hikers in short sleeves, nighttime bike riders and spring-like days in March point to one baffling question: Have we seen the end of El Niño? “That’s a heck of a...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Ranger reveals how Forest Service evolved

A retired Forest Service ranger who witnessed the heavily commercial side of the agency butt against a growing conservation movement over the span of five decades will speak Wednesday at Fort Lewis...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

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: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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