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

BLM extends comment period on oil and gas lease in HD Mountains

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday granted a two-week extension for public comment on a contentious proposal to sell 6,137-acres in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield in an oil and gas...

DATE: March 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec granny leads ‘Toxic Tour of Hell’

Shirley “Sug” McNall has become the black sheep among not only her family, but also the community in which she lives, and it’s not hard to see why. Her “Toxic Tour of Hell” exposes the ugly side of...

DATE: March 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Etched in stone, ‘living spirits’ tell sacred story

For Pueblo Tribal Council member Paul Tosa, human-made markings on stone are not “rock art,” the commonly used term. Instead, he says the etchings left by his ancestors nearly 800 years ago are...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Budgeting issues, high flows delay Durango Whitewater Park improvements

Budgeting issues and high water have caused planned improvements to Durango Whitewater Park to be put off until after the high-flow season, drawing concern from some rafting companies adversely...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two Durango restaurants undergo changes, another closes

After a few Durango restaurants recently went out of business, the closure of Guido’s Favorite Foods and Main Event Sports Bar & Grill raised some serious concerns among food lovers. But owners at...

DATE: March 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beetle-kill zones surprisingly rich in biodiversity

The drive over Wolf Creek Pass, scarred by the spruce beetle outbreak, can elicit strong emotions in the nature lover. Several logging sales may be on the way, but new research suggests ravaged...

DATE: March 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Concerns raised over King II coal mine dump site

Residents concerned with groundwater contamination from waste disposed by King II coal mine have prompted state officials to test for potentially volatile compounds such as lead and mercury. Since...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bernie Sanders takes Colorado after young people turn out for caucuses

Heavy turnout at Democratic caucuses in Southwest Colorado and throughout the state Tuesday was grass-roots politics at its finest – and sometimes most chaotic. The numbers at the simultaneous...

DATE: Feb. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver swerves through crash scene south of Hesperus

Emergency responders had their hands full Sunday when a swerving driver passed the scene of a rollover on Colorado Highway 140 south of Hesperus. Around 12:45 p.m., an 18-year-old Hesperus woman...

DATE: Feb. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health department offers tips for Animas River recreation

Unseasonably warm weather has prompted health officials to offer tips to recreationists on the Animas River as higher water levels stir lingering sediment of 880,000 pounds of metals dumped into...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Energy grievances raise suspicions in Colorado

Matt Hoffer lived and worked in a small workshop in Bayfield about two months before he was hospitalized for severe chest pain last August. A healthy 33-year-old, he wasn’t sure what caused the...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Future of Animas River Stakeholders Group uncertain

After more than 20 years leading the cleanup of mine waste in the Animas River basin, the future is a bit of a mystery for the Animas River Stakeholders Group now that a Superfund listing is...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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