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

Work to resume at American Tunnel, one of more vexing polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday work is expected to resume at the American Tunnel Mine, one of the biggest problem areas in the Superfund site north of Silverton. In coordination...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Treasurer candidate files campaign finance complaint against opponent

The Republican challenger in the La Plata County treasurer’s race has filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office against his opponent, Allison Aichele, asking for a complete...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Number of animal cruelty charges reduced for La Plata County couple

A La Plata County couple charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty had the number of charges significantly reduced Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney Brendan Richards filed a motion Monday...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears, in feeding frenzy, kill chickens and 4-H pigs

After a relatively quiet start to summer, bear activity in La Plata County is picking up. Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said that’s likely because bears are...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tensions reignite over blocking Falls Creek Road

Longtime La Plata County resident Ed Zink is facing increasing criticism for illegally closing off access to a public road near Falls Creek, but it’s not clear what La Plata County or the Sheriff’s...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Battered in recent years, the Animas has bounced back before

It’s been a rough couple of years for the Animas River. This weekend marks three years since the river, which runs through the heart of Durango, endured a massive mine waste spill from a blowout at...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bolsters fleet for dry years

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad , says if all goes according to plan, the historic railway that draws thousands of tourists to Southwest Colorado will not have...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mudslides close U.S. Highway 550 briefly north of Durango

U.S. Highway 550 closed briefly Thursday afternoon between Honeyville and the intersection with East Animas Road (County Road 250) for mudslides triggered by heavy rains on the 416 Fire burn scar...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Investigation finds no foul play in death of former La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said foul play was not the reason for the death of former La Plata County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremiah Lee, who was found dead in his Bayfield home in October...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man’s death ruled a homicide

The death of a 51-year-old Durango man in April has been ruled a homicide. Michael Bourriague was found dead at his home April 13 on Plymouth Drive, off Florida Road near Riverview Elementary...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec woman injured in rollover crash west of Durango

A 33-year-old Aztec woman was seriously injured in a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 160 near Mancos Hill on Monday night. According to Colorado State Patrol Cpl. James Proctor, Misty Gordon was...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

After third offense, Durango man fined $1,000 for feeding bears

A Durango man has been ticketed for intentionally feeding bears – for the third time in eight years – resulting in a $1,000 fine and a likelihood the bears will have to be euthanized. “You just...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News