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

Work at 10 intersections will improve access to sidewalks

If you think you’ve noticed an uptick in road construction on north Main Avenue, you’d be right. The Colorado Department of Transportation is in the middle of a $600,000 project to bring 10...

DATE: April 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Test case of barking dog ordinance dismissed

A test case of La Plata County’s new barking dog ordinance resulted in charges being dropped after a county court judge found insufficient evidence to support the charges. La Plata County enacted...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deputy shot in high-speed car chase expected to fully recover

A San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was shot early Tuesday in a high-speed car chase came within “a half of an inch” of a possibly fatal injury after trying to prevent a suicidal woman...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain bikes at heart of Silverton trails debate

The town of Silverton is trying to lure more mountain bikers to its backcountry, but some residents wonder, at what cost? For the past year, Silverton residents have drafted a long-range trails...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Silverton’s ambitious trails plan aims to boost economy

As the towering mountains and vast backcountry around Silverton become a mecca for hikers, mountain bikers and all-terrain vehicles, how to manage overcrowding and overuse on public lands is...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

La Plata County announces three finalists for county manager job

La Plata County has named three finalists to fill the role of county manager. Earlier this year, County Manager Joanne Spina retired, capping a 30-year career at the county. Since, Assistant...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police identify woman who died in high-speed car chase

Authorities have identified the female driver who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a high-speed car chase early Tuesday on U.S. Highway 550, just south of Silverton. Amanda Christine...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Car chase north of Durango ends in woman’s death

A high-speed car chase that started in La Plata County ended early Tuesday with a woman’s death, according to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office posted to its Facebook page...

DATE: April 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man accused of trying to kill cattle signs plea agreement

Exactly two years to the day, the saga of a Durango man accused of trying to kill cattle after he closed the gate to a corral in southeastern Utah has reached a resolution. Mark Franklin, 63, faced...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

Slowly but surely, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is digging out of the onslaught of snow and avalanches to clear the tracks for the first ride to Silverton in May. Jeff Johnson,...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Turnover, budget cuts take toll on La Plata County’s Human Services

High turnover and a dwindling budget are taking a toll on La Plata County’s department tasked with helping the community’s most vulnerable populations. It’s a problem every La Plata County...

DATE: March 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River on the rise with warm temperatures

Spring runoff began in earnest this week as warm temperatures thawed area snowpack, causing creeks and rivers to swell. A water gauge on the Animas River near the Powerhouse Science Center saw...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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