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

ATV stolen from Durango Youth Baseball

Durango Police are searching for two teenagers who allegedly stole an ATV owned by Durango Youth Baseball that was stored at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Durango Police said via Facebook that...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Not since the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 has the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad been out of service for so long over the summer months. The raging wildfire 16 years ago – which...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite rumors, no reports of looting in evacuated areas of 416 Fire

La Plata County officials are dispelling rumors of looting in the evacuated areas affected by the 416 Fire. “The rumors are unsubstantiated,” county spokeswoman Megan Graham said Friday evening....

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Hickenlooper pledges help to Durango and Silverton in wake of 416 Fire

Local government and business officials pleaded with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado congressmen Friday to do everything they can to help secure emergency funds to help ailing businesses and...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire danger prompts BLM to close public lands around Durango

The Bureau of Land Management has enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions in La Plata County, effectively closing some of the last open public lands around Durango in response to the extremely high fire...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Animal Protection’s authority to enforce bear-trash laws goes into effect

La Plata County Animal Protection’s newly assigned authority to enforce the county’s trash laws aimed at reducing human-bear conflicts went into effect Friday. La Plata County commissioners...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA proposes work at 26 mine sites over next 5 years

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed cleanup work at 26 mining sites in the Superfund area around Silverton over the next five years while the agency comes up with a long-term plan for...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Flash-flood watch issued for Saturday, especially around burn areas of 416 Fire

Southwest Colorado may finally receive desperately needed rain this weekend, but it could come at a cost: a flash-flood watch has been issued for Saturday. The National Weather Service in Grand...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

When wildfires rage, where do animals go?

Two uncontrolled wildfires are ripping across the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado, forcing the evacuation of homes, shutting down the critical summer economy and putting firefighters...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Treasurer candidate says negative campaign balance issue fixed

La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele’s negative campaign balance of more than $23,000 was the result of a filing error she made on money used to self-fund her campaign in 2014 that has since...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton cancels famed Fourth of July fireworks show

Silverton has canceled its famed Fourth of July fireworks show because of the extreme fire danger that persists in Southwest Colorado. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad announced the fireworks...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Returning home? Things you should know

As more evacuation notices are being lifted in connection with the 416 Fire, returning residents are being reminded there are some health considerations to take into account when going back home....

DATE: June 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News