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’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

Vallecito Creek turns orange after intense rain cell hits high country

Vallecito-area residents woke up Friday morning to the sight of Vallecito Creek running orange. But no, it was not another Gold King Mine spill. Butch Knowlton, La Plata County’s director for the...

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

Last grant needed to complete Hwy. 550 realignment is secured

The final funding piece to connect the “Bridge to Nowhere” with U.S. Highway 550 has arrived in the form of a $1 million state grant. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded the $1 million...

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

What are the top 5 littered items in the San Juan National Forest?

The problem has vexed public lands managers to no end: Why do people who come to enjoy their pristine beauty leave behind trash, which damages the very essence of what they came to visit in the...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Opening statements made in drug deal murder trial

The prosecution and defense told vastly different stories during opening statements this week in the case of Michael Jones, who is suspected of murder after a drug deal gone bad in May 2017. The...

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

Durango Brewing Co. closes taproom, fires employees, moves to La Junta

Durango Brewing Co. abruptly closed its taproom last week in Durango, fired all of its local employees and is moving operations to La Junta. And it’s taking the Durango moniker with it. The move...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Treasurer Allison Aichele has 10 days to explain mistakes in 2014 campaign finance filings

La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele has 10 days to explain mistakes related to her 2014 campaign filings and to prove there was no intentional wrongdoing. The Colorado Secretary of State’s...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

HERMOSA – It took about 20 minutes to forever change the lives of residents in Pines Townhomes. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent of mud...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans for prescribed burns put on hold in fire-fatigued Southwest Colorado

Plans for prescribed burns – intentionally set fires on the landscape aimed at reducing the risk of larger, more devastating wildfires – have been temporarily put on hold this fall as wildfires...

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