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

By slim margin, Brad Blake appears to retain seat as county commissioner

After final voting results filtered in early Wednesday, incumbent La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake appears to have retained his seat representing District 1. With about 28,500 votes counted...

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

Aichele squeaks out unofficial win in La Plata County treasurer’s race

Incumbent La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele appears to have possibly off challenger Colton Black, according to the final vote count released early Wednesday morning. With about 28,500 votes...

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

More questions than answers in BP’s spill into Animas River

BONDAD – A wastewater spill from a BP American Production Co . well site that reportedly seeped into the Animas River south of Durango was contained earlier this week, but it remained unknown...

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

BP says wastewater spill into Animas River contained

A wastewater spill from a BP American Production well site that reportedly seeped into the Animas River on Sunday south of Durango has been contained, according to a company spokesman. But a...

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

5 things you should know before Election Day

The midterm elections are coming up Tuesday, with a loaded ballot where Colorado voters will decide on a new governor, as well as several other state and locally elected positions. Here is some...

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

Which was worse for water quality: Gold King Mine spill or 416 Fire floods?

A new report shows that runoff from the 416 Fire burn scar this summer dumped higher concentrations of potentially toxic metals into the Animas River than the Gold King Mine spill three years ago....

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

Sheriff candidate raised and spent more than others in three county races

Charles Hamby, the Republican challenger seeking to be the next La Plata County sheriff, by far raised and spent the most this election out of all local candidates, according to the last campaign...

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

EPA asks courts to toss Navajo Nation’s lawsuit over Gold King Mine spill

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, has asked that a federal court dismiss a lawsuit filed by members of the Navajo Nation seeking repayment of damages...

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

Company that hoped to bring mining back to Silverton files for bankruptcy

Colorado Goldfields, the Denver-based company that attempted to revive mining in Silverton, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Colorado Goldfields was forced into an involuntary chapter 7...

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

Historic wagon road revived in Hermosa Creek area

With the popular 18-mile Hermosa Creek Trail closed for the foreseeable future because of damage from the 416 Fire, efforts are afoot to restore and make new trails in the recreational area north...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Nearly half of the Nordic skiing trails at Vallecito Reservoir could remain closed this winter

Nearly half the Nordic skiing trails at Vallecito Reservoir are expected to remain closed this winter until issues lingering from last year over user fees can be resolved. “We were hoping to get it...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow expected this week in San Juan Mountains

Snow is expected to return this week to the high country of the San Juan Mountains. Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction , said a cold front is...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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