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

Animas River reduced to a trickle in Farmington

Editor’s note: After this story published, the U.S. Geological Survey said it erroneously reported the Animas River flowing at 0 cubic feet per second this week in Farmington. The river was...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flash-flood warning issued for 416 Fire burn areas

A flash-flood warning has been issued for Friday for areas around the burn scar of the 416 Fire. According to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, the potential for flash floods in...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire retardant used on wildfires evolves to ease environmental impact

When wildfires threaten homes and property, the sight of an air tanker dropping bright red fire retardant, commonly referred to as slurry, can be a welcome relief. The chemical concoction has come...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Man falls 40 feet in Weminuche Wilderness; rescue underway

A 39-year-old man who fell 40 feet while climbing in the Weminuche Wilderness north of Durango on Tuesday has been taken to a hospital in Grand Junction. A search and rescue mission started around...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Fourth of July revelers heed warnings about fire danger?

As visitors flock to Southwest Colorado for this year’s Fourth of July celebration, local agencies are ramping up efforts to warn out-of-town guests about the unprecedented fire danger and...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driver who killed two pedestrians has all charges dropped

A 77-year-old part-time Durango resident who veered off north Main Avenue last year, killing a Fort Lewis College student and Italian tourist, had all charges against him dropped on Monday. Bobby...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Abandoned boat found crashed on road north of Vallecito Reservoir

An abandoned boat was found in the middle of the road Saturday night just north of Vallecito Reservoir. The marooned vessel was reported on County Road 501 near the intersection with Mushroom Lane,...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire on track to become one of Colorado’s largest wildfires

The 416 Fire is on track this week to become one of Colorado’s largest wildfires in state history. According to a Monday morning update from the National Incident Management Organization, the 416...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Challenge of Silverton Mountain’s heli-ski expansion denied

An Interior Department appeals board has denied San Juan Citizens Alliance’s challenge of Silverton Mountain’s helicopter skiing expansion, arguing the alliance has no legal standing to file such a...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM investigates illegal trail built in Turtle Lake area

An illegally cut trail through a historic cultural site will be reclaimed as federal agents continue to look for the people responsible. The Bureau of Land Management first received a report of an...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unaffiliated voters boost turnout in Tuesday’s primary

Unaffiliated voters who participated in Tuesday’s primary election helped to increase voter turnout by nearly 10 percent since the last non-presidential primary four years ago, said La Plata County...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baby bear undergoes rehab for burned paws

A baby bear injured in a wildfire north of Durango is likely to survive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said firefighters combating the 416 Fire, which has burned more than...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News