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 Hide

Durango to reopen water dock to new customers

The city of Durango will start accepting new customers at its water dock on Sept. 4, reversing a controversial decision that left many La Plata County residents in a pinch for water. “The purpose...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Catholic church is a sacred time capsule in rural Tiffany

A small, almost forgotten Catholic church with a big history, located off the beaten path in the unincorporated community of Tiffany, could get a chance at second life as it approaches its...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Study finds no lasting impacts from Gold King Mine spill

A three-year water-quality study found no lasting impacts from the Gold King Mine spill in 2015. San Juan Basin Public Health said the study started the day after the spill Aug. 5, 2015, in...

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

ACLU takes aim at Durango’s camping ban

The American Civil Liberties Union sent a strongly worded letter to the city of Durango, urging the city to suspend enforcement of its camping ban in light of the recent decision to close the only...

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

Police look for man who held 3 women at gunpoint in downtown Durango

The Durango Police Department is looking for a man who attempted to rob three women at gunpoint in downtown Durango on Wednesday. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. in the east alley of the 900...

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

BP looks to pull out of Southwest Colorado, northern New Mexico

BP American Production Co. is contemplating pulling out of the San Juan Basin natural gas and oil field in what could be another devastating hit to the economy in Southwest Colorado and northern...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-density development in Animas Valley denied

A proposal to rezone 9 acres just north of Trimble Hot Springs for a high-density development of about 40 affordable homes was denied Tuesday by La Plata County commissioners. For months, the...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storms settle into region, bringing threat of flash floods

Two storms moving into Southwest Colorado are setting up what could be perfect conditions for flash flooding and debris flows from the 416 Fire burn scar. The National Weather Service in Grand...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s J.C. Penney store to return to regular, full-line sales

After less than a year of trying a new store concept that sold exclusively clearance merchandise, J.C. Penney Co. in the Durango Mall will return to its full-line, regular business model. “We’re...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

EPA won’t release public comments about Superfund cleanup until after decision on plan

The Environmental Protection Agency will not release public comments before it makes a final decision on a proposed plan to clean up 26 mine sites over the next five years in the Superfund area...

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

Why do some rural residents oppose zoning?

For Jim Greer, a rancher in western La Plata County, his future is tied to his land. Like so many ranchers and farmers, Greer doesn’t have a retirement plan or 401(k). His land is his 401(k)....

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

Sheriff’s candidates discuss budget, turnover and homelessness challenges

With this November’s election closing in, three candidates for La Plata County Sheriff are defining themselves on major issues facing the county, including homelessness, budget declines and high...

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