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

King Coal Mine seeks county’s OK

For the residents along Hay Gulch Road in southwest La Plata County, one question has remained unanswered for almost a decade: How has a mine producing an average of 1 million tons of coal a year...

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

Open Space Conservancy hands out annual awards

It has been a busy year for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, and at the nonprofit’s annual stakeholders meeting Sunday, two awards were handed out to major contributors. Resident Lynndee...

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

Monthly Animas meeting moves downstream

The Animas River Stakeholders Group made its way downstream Tuesday, holding its first meeting in Durango in almost two years. The decision to hold the group’s monthly meeting at the La Plata...

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

Nonprofit pursues consensus on big issues

A new nonprofit group will hold meetings in 30 to 40 cities across Colorado to brainstorm ideas on how to solve some of the state’s most pressing issues, and on Monday, it was Durango’s turn....

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

Durango man overcomes stroke through exercise

Four months after James Jones was released from a 265-day stint at a hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm that led to a stroke, his wife of three years asked for a divorce. “She said, ‘I can’t...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rare medical condition is a ‘ticking time bomb’

Everyday is a “ticking time bomb” for parents whose children suffer from a not very well-known medical condition that at any moment can strike. On Sunday, about 40 people participated in the second...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ursine near rec center surprises trail users

A massive bear stranded in a tree garnered a fair amount of attention Sunday afternoon on the Animas River Trail, but the situation was another example of the potential danger of human-bear...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

What will Superfund do to property values?

At the last conference with stakeholders affected by the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine spill, the Environmental Protection Agency was at a loss to provide specific details about Superfunds, except for one...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hermosa Valley residents hear about mine spill

A small but notable crowd of mostly Hermosa Valley residents were briefed on the water quality of the Animas River on Wednesday night at the Animas Valley Grange Hall. Ann Oliver of the Animas...

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

Produce Bounty directs fresh food to low-income families

Community organizers are asking local farmers and gardeners to donate extra produce to the fifth annual Produce Bounty, a fresh-food drive that benefits low-income families. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Fish survived spill, but trout numbers fall

The 3-million-gallon blowout of mine waste last month didn’t cause a massive die-off of trout in the Animas River, but wildlife officials are still concerned about the steady decline of fish...

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

Pot-tax holiday is Wednesday

Recreational marijuana users have another holiday to celebrate other than 4/20: Wednesday’s one-day tax holiday. The proposition that legalized marijuana included a quirk that is linked to the...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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