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

EPA finds low risk to human health at Superfund site near Silverton

A new study has found no serious risk to human health stemming from mines included in a Superfund site around Silverton, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “This is a good news...

DATE: June 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire danger rears its head, with red flag warning issued for Southwest Colorado

Despite heavy snowpack this winter and a wet spring, conditions in Southwest Colorado can change on a dime: The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of La Plata and...

DATE: June 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowpack is 3,328% above average, but there’s a catch

Yes, Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is listed at 3,328% above historic averages for this time of year. But no, that doesn’t tell the whole story about the remaining snow high in the San Juan...

DATE: June 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County won’t pursue tax increase in 2019 election

La Plata County will not ask voters for a tax increase in the 2019 election after a recent survey found insufficient community support. Instead, county commissioners Tuesday directed staff to...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

River trip on Animas looks to unite veterans

For many veterans, the camaraderie built in the military is the No. 1 thing missed after transitioning into civilian life. That’s why events like this Sunday’s second annual Veterans Float & Picnic...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police arrest drunken man with rifle after brief manhunt

U.S. Highway 160 between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs was temporarily closed Monday morning while authorities attempted to arrest a drunken man walking along the road shooting a rifle. Colorado...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

To thrive, La Plata County gardeners need to know their microclimate

It’s not easy gardening in Southwest Colorado – with its erratic temperature fluctuations, whipping winds and snowstorms that could hit pretty much at any time. But still, people make it happen....

DATE: June 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Is EPA protecting mining history around Superfund site?

Colorado’s top office for ensuring historic preservation is concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency’s impacts to mine sites around Silverton as the agency embarks on a massive Superfund...

DATE: June 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Additions to Whitewater Park draw concern, criticism from boaters

As the Animas River approaches peak flow, concerns are being raised that the city of Durango created a hazard when it added two new rapids to the Whitewater Park, resulting in many rafting...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flyovers offer bird’s-eye view for Assessor’s Office, emergency personnel

In 2015, La Plata County started conducting flyovers in an attempt to use aerial photography to better inspect homes and businesses for tax purposes, and by all accounts, it has worked, adding...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA to tackle one of most vexing polluters in Animas River basin

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it intends to undergo a major effort this summer to understand one of the most vexing polluters in the upper Animas River watershed. In July,...

DATE: June 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews will keep fighting fire Friday on Missionary Ridge

A small fire on Missionary Ridge was expected to be contained Friday, but smoke could linger for days, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The 156 Fire broke out Thursday afternoon , ignited by a...

DATE: June 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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