Position: County & environment reporter

Email: jromeo@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4515

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

Rescue missions for climbers in Cascade Creek on the rise

Emergency responders were called Monday and Tuesday for separate incidents involving climbers falling at Cascade Creek. Jim Donovan, with San Juan County Search and Rescue, said a climber took a...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunnyside Gold says ‘no’ to EPA’s work order at Superfund

Sunnyside Gold Corp. is refusing to carry out work ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Superfund cleanup of mines around Silverton. “Enough is enough,” Kevin Roach, with...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Living with Wildlife Advisory Board wants to stick to facts in wolf discussion

As the discussion of whether wolves should be reintroduced into Colorado heats up, La Plata County’s Living with Wildlife Advisory Board wants to stay true to the facts in its executive summary to...

DATE: July 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

At last minute, Search and Rescue given new home

La Plata County Search and Rescue soon will finally have a place to call home. “I didn’t know it could get better than Christmas, but this is pretty darn close,” Ron Corkish, president of La Plata...

DATE: July 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public can comment on proposed expansion of La Plata County coal mine

A coal mine in La Plata County is one step closer to expanding operations for at least another 20 years. Preparing for its coal reserves to run out, GCC Energy, which has operated the King II coal...

DATE: July 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man requires helicopter rescue after heart attack

A man who suffered a heart attack Sunday after a rafting trip on the Upper Animas River is expected to survive thanks to the efforts of emergency responders. Alex Mickel, owner of Mild to Wild...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Almost two weeks later, woman swept away in stream remains missing

Tuesday marked the 13th day since a Louisiana woman was swept away in a high-mountain stream outside Silverton. Search and rescue officials said Tuesday the woman remains missing. Tessie...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowner shoots, kills bear in Vallecito

A homeowner in Vallecito on Sunday shot a bear displaying aggressive behavior and little fear of people, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski said the bear killed...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington trucking company fined for man’s death at natural gas site

A Farmington trucking company has been fined more than $10,000 for training and procedural failures that led to the death of one of its workers at a natural gas well site earlier this year in...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next for D&SNG in $25 million federal lawsuit?

It took more than a year for the U.S. Forest Service to announce the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was the cause of the 416 Fire and on the hook for $25 million for firefighting costs,...

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Confederate float in Bayfield’s Fourth of July parade stirs controversy

A float at the Bayfield Fourth of July parade promoting the Confederate flag caused a bit of a stir Thursday. “I was just appalled,” said Robin Goldman, who has lived in Bayfield for 15 years....

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango celebrates America’s birthday with full day of events

Durango showed up to America’s birthday Thursday. Thousands of people lined Main Avenue on Independence Day for the Stars & Stripes Parade, which kicked off at 6 p.m. and was led by members of the...

DATE: July 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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