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

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Avalanches are coming down at a historic rate across Colorado. In Southwest Colorado alone, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has recorded nearly 170 slides since Dec. 1 – and that’s just...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hinsdale County sheriff, two daughters injured when avalanche hits their home

An avalanche hit and destroyed the house of Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey just south of Lake City early Tuesday morning, but Casey and his two daughters, who were inside, are all expected to...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Crash on Wolf Creek Pass kills man

Drugs, alcohol and excessive speed are considered factors in a crash on Wolf Creek Pass earlier this week that killed a 24-year-old man, according to Colorado State Patrol. CSP said in a news...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s budget and spending come under scrutiny at candidates forum

Budget issues, taxes and better spending practices were the resounding themes for Durango City Council candidates at a forum Monday hosted by the League of Women Voters. Four candidates – Kim...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County looks for ways to ease space crunch at coroner’s office

Several attempts to remedy overcrowding at the La Plata County Coroner’s Office have so far proved fruitless, and with a strapped county budget, no easy solutions appear viable to deal with the...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge orders Forest Service to release Village at Wolf Creek documents

A Freedom of Information Act was filed nearly eight months ago by a coalition of environmental groups to obtain select U.S. Forest Service documents related to the controversial Village at Wolf...

DATE: March 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA’s lead in Superfund around Silverton announces retirement

The Environmental Protection Agency’s lead manager for the Superfund cleanup of mining sites around Silverton has announced she will retire March 21, wrapping up more than 30 years working for the...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small ag feels growing pains: Lack of workers

A shortage of laborers to work farms in Southwest Colorado has stunted local agricultural operations’ ability to grow and, at the same time, cut a potential avenue of employment. A local effort,...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife managers track eagles’ movements in Southwest Colorado

Eagle B-75 spends most of her time in Durango, fishing the Animas River and picking off easy prey – usually prairie dogs – in surrounding farmlands. But a few summers ago, the female bald eagle...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forest Service grants Village at Wolf Creek road access

After more than 30 years of legal battles and court proceedings, the proposed Village at Wolf Creek has finally obtained the road access it needs to U.S. Highway 160 to start building. But that...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flooding from runoff on 416 Fire a growing concern

It’s time to start thinking about the potential risks of flooding from spring runoff on the 416 Fire burn scar. This winter’s snow has been a welcome sight to drought-stricken Southwest Colorado....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners push for Denver TV

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday furthered efforts to bring Denver TV to Southwest Colorado, while at the same time hoping to enlist the help of Colorado’s newly elected attorney general....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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