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 Hide

Police launch investigation after dead body found west of downtown

Authorities are investigating a dead body that was found Wednesday night in west Durango. Durango Police Chief Kamran Afzal said a resident on Ella Vita Court had noticed a foul smell for at least...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New bus line will connect Durango and Grand Junction

A new bus service will start this weekend to connect Durango with Grand Junction and, as a result, to the Front Range. The Colorado Department of Transportation on Saturday will expand its...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Issues at Treasurer’s Office increase costs to county

La Plata County will have to spend more money for financial audits until at least 2019 because lingering issues in the Treasurer’s Office identified last year have not been fixed and are putting...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Allison Aichele wins primary for La Plata County treasurer

Incumbent La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele won Tuesday’s Democratic primary, beating challenger Tim Walsworth. La Plata County Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Parker said Tuesday evening that the...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County treasurer faces $66,500 fine for late financial disclosures

La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele faces a $66,500 fine from the state of Colorado for failing to properly file financial disclosures that date back to her 2014 campaign. The Secretary of...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire grows by 600 acres; crews improve Junction Creek fire line

Hot-shot crews and crews assigned to fire engines worked to improve an existing fire line along Junction Creek Road on Monday as the 416 Fire spewed smoke visible from Durango for a second...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Primary elections will be held Tuesday

The only contested primary race in La Plata County is for the Democratic candidate for treasurer, but contested races at the state level are expected to draw voters to the ballot on Tuesday. Voters...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

An extreme shortage of hay as a result of unprecedented drought in Southwest Colorado could force livestock operations struggling to survive to make tough decisions. “I’ve never seen it this dry,”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Public suggests EPA has quantifiable goals for reducing mine pollution

SILVERTON – Several people at a public hearing this week asked why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed quick-action plan for 26 mines fails to address the top mine polluters in the...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Before 416 Fire, local veterans trained to fight wildfires

High in the San Juan Mountains, one week before the start of the 416 Fire, a small crew of trainees cleared brush and cut fire lines, preparing for the real thing. It was the first time in...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal, local agencies reopen public lands

Nearly all previously closed public lands around Durango, including the entire San Juan National Forest, reopened Thursday, despite ongoing extreme drought conditions and unprecedented fire danger....

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango train to offer limited service beginning Friday

A familiar sight in Durango will return Friday – the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train. Railroad owner Al Harper said Thursday the train will start running shorter trips on sections...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News