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

Shortage of coal leaves some without heat source

Hay Gulch Coal – one of the only suppliers of coal for home-heating purposes in the Four Corners – has been forced to all but close this fall because of a lack of available coal to sell. “I’m...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Silverton’s skijoring race likely to return this winter

The annual skijoring race in Silverton is expected to return this winter. Pete Maisel, event organizer, said all insurance issues that arose out of the 2017 skijoring race – where three people were...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County budget for 2019 ‘isn’t pretty’

Only two people showed up Tuesday night to comment on La Plata County’s proposed 2019 budget, which plans for another year of low revenues. “If folks knew what this budget really meant, hopefully...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Office of Civil Rights to investigate father’s complaint against Durango School District 9-R

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has announced it is opening an investigation against Durango School District 9-R after a father of a student filed a complaint that 9-R did...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In western La Plata County, tap water may soon flow

BREEN – The vision of taking water out of the Animas River and delivering it to homes in western La Plata County, known for its lack of available water, is inching closer to reality. Residents on...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Father says Durango School District 9-R mishandled sexual assault investigation

A father of a student at Riverview Elementary School says unclear procedures about how Durango School District 9-R handles sexual misconduct reports prompted him to file a complaint with the U.S....

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Treasurer candidate Colton Black says bankruptcy a personal matter

Opponents of Colton Black are questioning his fitness to serve as La Plata County treasurer, pointing to a personal bankruptcy he filed in 2012. But Black says it is a last-minute attempt to smear...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climber who fell north of Durango is identified

A 19-year-old Fort Lewis College student who fell while climbing Saturday at Transfer Park north of Lemon Reservoir, suffering critical injuries, is likely to make a full recovery, his family said...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spending ramps up in latest campaign finance disclosures

Candidates running for local and state elected offices filed campaign finance reports Tuesday to disclose how much they raised and spent from July 22 to Oct. 11. In the county, the ballot will...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College professor developing app for firefighter safety

What if firefighters had an interactive map that could tell them the most efficient escape routes and the amount of time it would take to find safety while fighting wildfires? Well, a Fort Lewis...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pastorius Reservoir to be drained as result of illegal fish stocking

For the second time in 20 years, Pastorius Reservoir will have to be drained because someone illegally stocked it with northern pike, an invasive species considered highly dangerous to native...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In La Plata County treasurer’s race, candidates spar over how office is run

The race to be La Plata County’s next treasurer has proved to be one of the most heated campaigns in this year’s election, with incumbent Allison Aichele challenged by local banker Colton Black....

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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