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

Plant treats Gold King Mine waste despite government shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, now in its fifth day, the water-treatment plant that cleans mine waste from the Gold King Mine will not cease operations, according to the Environmental Protection...

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

Take a hike with a Humane Society dog up for adoption

Do you ever feel the need for a canine companion while hiking, but just aren’t in a place to have a dog of your own? La Plata County Humane Society has you covered. A little-known program hosted by...

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

Durango woman takes holiday cheer to another level

Opal Waters starts to bring out her Christmas decorations at the end of October. Over the next month, she meticulously puts each ornament, of which there are thousands, in its place. “I hope to get...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Moe’s Starlight Lounge busted for serving minors

The state has suspended Moe’s Starlight Lounge’s liquor license after employees were caught serving alcohol to a minor on three separate occasions, according to the Department of Revenue. A state...

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

What’s our chance of a white Christmas in Durango?

Hoping for a white Christmas in Durango? It’s going to be a close call. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is tracking a storm system that could hit Southwest Colorado on Christmas...

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

Third semi overturns on Wolf Creek Pass

For the third time this week, a semitrailer overturned on Wolf Creek Pass, near the hairpin turn at the overlook. Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Blake White said the truck overturned on the notorious...

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

Can Kendall Mountain become a regional hub for outdoor recreation?

Can Silverton’s Kendall Mountain become a regional outdoor hub, beefed up with more chairlifts and skiable terrain, night skiing and expanded cross-country trails, and even mountain biking trails...

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

Durango’s Christmas tree in Buckley Park lights back up

No, the Grinch didn’t run off with the lights on the city of Durango’s Christmas tree in Buckley Park, which had been dark for the past week. Tim Walsworth, executive director of the Durango...

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

Dog banned from Durango shows up in town, could be euthanized

A 5-year-old pit bull mix – the only dog that’s ever been banned from Durango city limits – showed up in town earlier this month, and the outcome doesn’t look good. “It’s probably not going to have...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mountain Pass reopens after crash recovery

A Silverton man who went missing last week was found dead Tuesday after his car was discovered 600 feet off Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550 between Silverton and Ouray. Lisa Schwantes,...

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

La Plata County goes green, with an eye toward cost-savings

La Plata County has cemented a new environmental policy that seeks to both instill sound environmental practices for county operations while at the same time save taxpayer dollars. “It’s a...

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

Bennet urges Senate to pick up San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act

Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate leadership to include the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act in the end-of-year public lands legislation currently being negotiated. In a letter...

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

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