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 Hide

Volunteer group helps with 416 Fire flooding

After heavy rains on the 416 Fire burn scar brought down mudslides and debris flows in July, causing serious property damage to homes north of Durango, there’s plenty to clean up. Organizers with...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police search for man accused of holding wife, children at gunpoint

Authorities are searching for a Durango man who is accused of kidnapping and holding at gunpoint six people – five of whom are children – in a car during a police chase Friday. Durango Police Sgt....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sandy Young, rancher and activist, dies at 64

Sandy Young may not have been a household name to everyone in Southwest Colorado, but her tireless public service has certainly been felt by anyone who enjoyed the wilderness and mountains. Young...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dead body found in west Durango ruled a homicide

Human remains found in a wooded area just west of Ella Vita Court in June belonged to a 48-year-old Durango man who was killed in a homicide, the Durango Police Department said Friday. The badly...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless camping a defining issue in sheriff’s election

One of the most visible and complex challenges facing the three candidates for La Plata County sheriff is how to manage increasing issues surrounding homelessness. Challengers Charles Hamby, a...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County manager to retire, ending 30 years in public sector

La Plata County Manager Joanne Spina announced this week she will retire in January after working for the county for 30 years. Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County, said Spina, 62, had...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thursday storm causes mild flooding in Animas Valley

A fast-moving storm dumped a half-inch of rain in 20 minutes Thursday on the 416 Fire burn scar, but residents in the area north of Durango escaped serious damage from flooding. Butch Knowlton,...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chihuahua survives mountain lion attack northeast of Durango

An 11-pound Chihuahua named Spits is on the mend after being attacked last week by a mountain lion, narrowly surviving. Laurie Cullum was out for a walk the evening of Aug. 28 with her two dogs on...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trout species thought to be extinct found alive in Southwest Colorado

A native species of trout thought to be extinct was found alive and well recently in Southwest Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the discovery of a “unique genetic lineage” of the...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s good for the butterfly may be toxic to livestock

The milkweed plant may be a crucial food source for the embattled monarch butterfly, but it is not so friendly to livestock. With proper management, however, officials say issues can be easily...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fish count finds a severely depleted Animas River

A fish count in the Animas River on Tuesday found populations have been drastically affected by deadly runoff from the 416 Fire burn scar. Fish kills because of ash and dirt washing into the river...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Citizen scientists enlisted to research monarch butterfly mystery

There’s a mystery surrounding the embattled monarch butterfly’s ways in Southwest Colorado, and researchers across the country are asking residents here to help solve it. Each fall, millions of...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News