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

Before you make that resolution, think again

Chances are, in the new year, you won’t be trading hours of Netflix binge-watching to use that shiny new gym pass. It’s doubtful you’ll finally pick up that dusty first edition of Moby Dick to...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Tax break could encourage land conservation, La Plata County group says

Landowners promise an unchanging, open landscape when they place a conservation easement on their property, and now, in return, Congress has guaranteed them the assurance of an annual tax break. On...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Environmentalists file intent to sue federal agencies over power plant

A coalition of environmental groups announced earlier this week its intent to take legal action against several federal agencies for extending operations at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We’ve all lost’ in bet about climate change, says Durango man

It may seem backward, but Durango resident Richard Grossman actually wanted to lose a $5,000 bet with former Exxon Mobile executive Roger Cohen, who denied climate change is a major problem, on...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

For kids, free surgery can change a life

A nonprofit organization that provides free surgery for children whose families do not have adequate financial means or health insurance is looking to expand into the Four Corners this spring....

DATE: Dec. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Health

Durango man to face trial in knifepoint sexual assault

A 27-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting his next-door neighbor, a 34-year-old Durango woman, at knifepoint will go to trial Jan. 26. At a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, District County...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Cafe makes hay in football bet

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mix-up in vote process leads to La Plata Electric Association bill hike

La Plata County residents’ electric bills will be higher next year, and several board members say a mix-up in the voting process is at fault. La Plata Electric Association board member Bob Lynch...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

From silver screen fame to Durango’s Santa Rita Park

It may be Durango’s oldest movie star, with leading roles alongside the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Academy Award-winning actress Anne Baxter. At one point, it enjoyed a seven-year stint as a...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

For enviro groups, Gold King spill intensifies mission

Though the Animas River has returned to its normal shades of blue, not all has returned to normal since last summer’s Gold King Mine spill. For a handful of local environmental groups, operations...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Attempt to reverse La Plata Electric Association residential rate hike fails

An effort to reverse a decision last month to increase residential electric base rates failed at the La Plata Electric Association’s meeting on Tuesday with a split 6-6 vote. In November, the board...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center’s new hospice in Durango to provide patients a place to die

“I had never encountered someone dying before,” recalled Durango resident Jane Pearson. Pearson and her husband had just finished dinner when suddenly she felt compelled to visit a close friend in...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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