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

What will Superfund do to property values?

At the last conference with stakeholders affected by the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine spill, the Environmental Protection Agency was at a loss to provide specific details about Superfunds, except for one...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hermosa Valley residents hear about mine spill

A small but notable crowd of mostly Hermosa Valley residents were briefed on the water quality of the Animas River on Wednesday night at the Animas Valley Grange Hall. Ann Oliver of the Animas...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Produce Bounty directs fresh food to low-income families

Community organizers are asking local farmers and gardeners to donate extra produce to the fifth annual Produce Bounty, a fresh-food drive that benefits low-income families. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Fish survived spill, but trout numbers fall

The 3-million-gallon blowout of mine waste last month didn’t cause a massive die-off of trout in the Animas River, but wildlife officials are still concerned about the steady decline of fish...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pot-tax holiday is Wednesday

Recreational marijuana users have another holiday to celebrate other than 4/20: Wednesday’s one-day tax holiday. The proposition that legalized marijuana included a quirk that is linked to the...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

With evergreens, it’s only natural shedding

Invasive beetle kill has reached La Plata County, but forest officials are reminding residents that the evergreen trees in Southwest Colorado with needles turning yellow and orange is a natural...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unicyclist completes first-ever Colorado Trail run

The first person to ever attempt the Colorado Trail on a unicycle reached Durango on Monday evening in an effort to raise money for the neurological illness ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Serious Texas supports first responders

To show appreciation to the region’s first responders, Serious Texas Bar-B-Q offered free food to all emergency personnel and their families during the weekend. “We just wanted to show our support...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

At Bullion Mine, project keeps waste under control

SILVERTON While Cement Creek continues to feed 585 gallons of acid mine drainage per minute into the Animas River, treatment to the mines above the river’s other tributary, Mineral Creek, have had...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Restoration breathes life into wetland

SILVERTON – The mining industry that boomed in the early 20th century plundered the mountains of Southwest Colorado of their wealth of gold and silver. When operations finished, scars remained as a...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farm, restaurant relationship exemplifies benefits of local food

Carver Brewing Co. chef Dave Cuntz has the rare opportunity to choose from a diverse list of fresh, local produce and let his imagination feast on the possibilities of new dishes. “It’s an awesome...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Officials release identity of Sunday’s plane crash victims

The identities of four people who died in a plane crash Sunday north of Purgatory Resort were released Tuesday, two of whom were pilots not rated to fly the type of aircraft they were operating....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News