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

King II coal mine approved for expansion

The Trump administration’s vow to streamline energy development has helped La Plata County’s only running coal mine receive quick approval for an expansion that will extend operations until at...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Management plan finalized for Hermosa Creek watershed

A management plan for a variety of recreational uses in the Hermosa Creek watershed has officially been finalized, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday. The announcement is significant, as...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Death toll for bears hits record numbers in Southwest Colorado

A record number of bears were euthanized this year in La Plata County – partly the result of a poor natural food cycle and partly the result of food sources made available by humans. “It’s...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow is on the way – ‘It’s not just a possibility,’ forecaster says

Finally, snow is on the way to Southwest Colorado. “It’s not just a possibility,” said Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. “It’s actually going to...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crash leaves one dead, four injured near Pagosa Springs

A three-vehicle crash last week on U.S. Highway 160 west of Pagosa Springs has left one dead and four others with serious injuries. According to Colorado State Trooper Josh Lewis, around 10:30 a.m....

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington man sentenced to life in prison for killing former Durango woman

A Farmington man who was convicted of killing a longtime Durango resident has been sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Earlier this month, a jury found Rick Stallings,...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two artists bring Christmas cheer to Durango’s storefronts

The absence of snow in Southwest Colorado coupled with abnormally mild temperatures may be prohibitive to getting residents in the holiday spirit, but two local artists have done their part...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A green Christmas: Landscaping company offers eco-friendly, local decorations

The holiday season is often a reason – and excuse – for indulgence, but increasingly, more people are looking for ways to rein in the excess. One local business, realizing this movement, is now...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

La Plata County family sues Colorado State Patrol for shooting dog

A La Plata County family filed a lawsuit this week against the Colorado State Patrol for shooting a pit bull in October, ultimately leading to the animal having to be euthanized because of its...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Memorials scheduled for Aztec High School shooting victims

Memorial services are planned for the two victims of last week’s shooting at Aztec High School. A memorial service will be held Friday for Francisco Fernandez, with family friends asking anyone...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Would-be mine in La Plata Canyon clears another hurdle

An aspiring silver and gold mine in La Plata Canyon cleared one more hurdle Wednesday, receiving approval of its permit from the state after regulators said the company addressed concerns raised...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County’s new land-use codes draw mixed reaction

La Plata County’s long-awaited land-use code update drew mixed reactions from a number of residents Tuesday night at a public hearing at the Durango Public Library. Recently, the La Plata County...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News