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 Hide

Bathrooms at Coal Bank and Molas to stay open – for now

Bathrooms at Coal Bank and Molas passes will remain open for now, but the facilities long-term existence will depend upon local partnerships, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday. For nearly...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eolus crew pulls ahead to win Battle of the Animas

It was a neck-and-neck race until the Durango Whitewater Park, when the Eolus Bar & Dining boat crew pulled ahead to win the 2016 Battle of the Animas. In its 15th year, the Mild to Wild Rafting &...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Body found on west bank of Animas River identified

The body of a 40-year old man discovered Saturday afternoon along the west bank of the Animas River near West Park Avenue has been identified as Kansas native Randy Shaw. “We all knew this phone...

DATE: May 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil, gas leases sell for $5.2 million in HD Mountains

A decade-long fight to save the HD Mountains from oil and gas development took a hit last week: Leases on more than 6,000 acres of Forest Service land sold for $5.2 million. On May 12, the Bureau...

DATE: May 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officials: New Mexico slighted in mine spill aftermath

FARMINGTON – On the second and final day of a mining conference in Farmington, a question borne out of mounting frustration was raised by a New Mexico representative: “Are we going to benefit from...

DATE: May 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Treasure Hunts hides cash in La Plata County

As if you needed any more incentive to venture out into the incredible outdoors of Southwest Colorado, a local nonprofit is adding one more reason: a hidden treasure hunt. “If you find it, it’s...

DATE: May 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Gold King Mine spill issues dissected at conference

FARMINGTON – About 130 people gathered for the first day of a mining conference aimed at better understanding the environmental conditions facing the Animas and San Juan rivers. Hosted by the New...

DATE: May 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

What can the American Dipper tell us about the Animas River?

It was John Muir ’s favorite bird. “He is the mountain streams’ own darling, the humming-bird of blooming waters, loving rocky ripple-slopes and sheets of foam as a bee loves flowers, as a lark...

DATE: May 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Marijuana smuggling map misplaces Colorado

It’s no secret that Americans are bad at geography, but readers were reminded again Monday when USA Today mistakenly highlighted Wyoming on a map instead of Colorado. The article, “When Smuggling...

DATE: May 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain and hail can’t dampen Taste of Durango

Heavy downpours, sporadic lightning and three rounds of hail were not enough to deter foodinistas at Sunday’s Taste of Durango . For most of the afternoon, the food festival went off without a...

DATE: May 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Railroad narrators take riders back to Victorian era

It’s not every day that a history buff can relive the era that fascinates them most. That is, unless you’re a Victorian narrator on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad . “This is the best...

DATE: May 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chances drying up for rafting the Dolores River

Though early indications had some river enthusiasts hopeful the lower Dolores River would have enough water for rafting for the first time since 2011, all signs now point to another year of a...

DATE: May 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors