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

La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake to seek second term

Sitting La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake announced Tuesday he will run for re-election this year. “There’s a lot of good things happening at La Plata County and a lot of tough things,” Blake...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Power restored to 2,230 customers east of Durango

Power has been restored to more than 2,200 customers on Florida Mesa, east of Durango, after a front-end loader hit a utility pole Tuesday morning, according to the La Plata Electric Association....

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Could paragliders return to Smelter Mountain?

Could paragliders launching off of Smelter Mountain be a regular sight in Durango once again? That’s for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to decide Thursday, yet the prospect faces stern...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Up to 2 feet of snow forecast in San Juan Mountains

In anticipation of Tuesday night’s snowstorm, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the San Juan Mountains, which calls for up to 2 feet of snow in the high country. The...

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

Police identify man killed in Pagosa Springs crash

A 39-year-old Pagosa Springs man died Monday after his vehicle went off U.S. Highway 160 in Pagosa Springs, according to the Pagosa Springs Police Department. Chief W. Rockensock said in a prepared...

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

Storm brings snow to Southwest Colorado high country

Overcast conditions and patchy fog made way for clear blue skies Sunday morning, but not before a short-lived snowstorm left a modest amount of snowfall in the parched high country of Southwest...

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

Widespread power outage Saturday night affects 1,906 customers

Confused Durangoans who woke up Sunday to find their clocks reset and flashing may find it news to learn there was a widespread, yet short-lived, power outage that affected most of the west side of...

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

Frustrations mount over La Plata County’s proposed land-use code

Frustration boiled over this week as some La Plata County ranchers and farmers opposed a new land-use code, which some see as an example of government overreach and an infringement on property...

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

J. Paul Brown won’t challenge Rep. Barbara McLachlan for House seat

For local political junkies, don’t expect another chapter in the J. Paul Brown vs. McLachlans battle over Colorado House District 59. Former Republican Statehouse Representative and local rancher...

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

Driver in fatal crash near Pagosa Springs tests above limit for marijuana

A driver who died last month after causing a three-vehicle crash just west of Pagosa Springs tested nearly double the legal driving limit for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana,...

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

Annie’s Orphans spans three decades helping Southwest Colorado’s unwanted animals

Pulling into Annie’s Orphans, an off-the-beaten-path animal shelter and rescue about 10 miles south of Durango off U.S. Highway 550, one is met with a cacophony of excitable dogs, each given a...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas lease sale near Hay Gulch scheduled for March

An oil and gas lease sale that includes 80 acres in southwestern La Plata County is on track for March, according to the Bureau of Land Management. In June, the BLM announced two parcels in the...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News