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

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

Mercy’s first baby of 2018 arrives half-hour into new year

The first baby of 2018 to arrive at Mercy Regional Medical Center came just 30 minutes after the clock struck midnight. Born at 12:31 a.m. Monday, Ariel Skye Vaughn came in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce and...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio man suspected of DUI causes crash, flees scene on foot

Colorado Highway 172 was closed for more than an hour Saturday night after an Ignacio man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol hit another vehicle then fled the scene on foot. Around...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman protects horned owl habitat in her backyard

If you live on the grid in downtown Durango, it’s likely you’ve heard the late-night hooting of an owl off in the distance. And thanks to one Durango resident, those bird calls might be here to...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small donations add up to help forest health in Southwest Colorado

A few extra dollars can go a long way toward protecting forests of the San Juan Mountains. This year, Purgatory Resort and Hermosa Tours, a mountain bike tour company, will take part in the...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mining claim in Weminuche Wilderness donated as open space

A 10-acre mining claim in the Weminuche Wilderness will now be protected as open space. According to Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy , members of the Alder...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

BP donates nearly 200 acres near Bayfield as open space

BP American Production Company has donated nearly 200 acres near Bayfield to be preserved as open space, said Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy . The land, now...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

The revival of local granges in Southwest Colorado can be attributed to a number of reasons, but probably none more than the effort of organizers to reinvent the historical meeting places for a new...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II coal mine approved for expansion

The Trump administration’s vow to streamline energy development has helped La Plata County’s only running coal mine receive quick approval for an expansion that will extend operations until at...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Management plan finalized for Hermosa Creek watershed

A management plan for a variety of recreational uses in the Hermosa Creek watershed has officially been finalized, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday. The announcement is significant, as...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Death toll for bears hits record numbers in Southwest Colorado

A record number of bears were euthanized this year in La Plata County – partly the result of a poor natural food cycle and partly the result of food sources made available by humans. “It’s...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News