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

Governor Hickenlooper’s office prepared to assist in Silverton Superfund negotiations

A day after Silverton officials voted unanimously to pursue a Superfund listing, the Colorado governor’s office said it’s prepared to assist in negotiations with the Environmental Protection...

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

Silverton looks to diversify economy with new railroad

SILVERTON – The last time the Silverton Northern Railroad ran was in 1938, primarily serving mines north of Silverton toward Howardsville, in the Upper Animas Forks region. Now, a few members of...

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

Financial claims add up after Gold King Mine spill

Financial damage claims for those affected by the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine blowout eclipsed $1.3 million just two months after the Environmental Protection Agency triggered the release of 3 million...

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

Silverton, San Juan County officials will pursue Superfund

SILVERTON – After more than 20 years of debate, the town of Silverton will officially engage the Environmental Protection Agency to work toward listing the mining district in the Upper Animas...

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

Parents question driver’s record in Durango school bus rollover

A day after a Durango School District 9-R bus carrying 44 elementary schoolchildren rolled off Lightner Creek Road, enraged parents are demanding an answer about why an inexperienced driver was not...

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

New Mercy treatment center aims to heal stubborn wounds

A new treatment center for people suffering from acute to chronic wounds opened at Mercy Regional Medical Center last week, marking the first service of its kind in the Durango area. Mercy’s Wound...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Health

11-year-old Durango girl hit by car on way to school

An 11-year-old girl was hit by a car Wednesday morning on her way to school, suffering a skull fracture that will require hospitalization.. The girl’s identity was not released, and her condition...

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

Mine tailings a longtime Silverton-Durango issue

Recently released archival photos of mine tailing pits above Silverton highlight that not much has changed when it comes to complaints about mine waste since the region’s early settlement....

DATE: Nov. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College students call for end to racism on campuses

Despite the season’s first snowstorm, more than 30 Fort Lewis College students rallied Monday to show solidarity with university students across the nation looking to end racism on college...

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

Superfund tour through Colorado paints positive picture

LEADVILLE – It was a long, difficult road as the community of Leadville went through a more-than-20-year process through the Environmental Protection Agency’s hazardous cleanup Superfund program....

DATE: Nov. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Babbitt says conservation starts with conversation at local level

Bruce Babbitt is a former governor of Arizona who served as secretary of the Interior from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Since, Babbitt has become a vocal proponent of protecting...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

La Plata County sheriff declines to sign Gitmo letter

Calling the move too political, La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith chose not to sign a petition sent earlier this week by a group of 41 Colorado sheriffs against the transfer of Guantanamo Bay...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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