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

Forest Service restores wetlands in Falls Creek

The U.S. Forest Service has put the final touches on a project that effectively restores an almost 20-acre wetland in Falls Creek, adding a rich biodiverse area to the lush green valley northwest...

DATE: June 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cyclist hit Sunday in critical condition

The cyclist hit by an SUV on Sunday – identified as Durango resident Neil Hannum – was transferred to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood and is in critical condition, officials said Monday. Hannum,...

DATE: June 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas company fined for illegally operating well in La Plata County

Atom Petroleum has been fined $239,496 for illegally operating an oil and gas well in La Plata County after willfully neglecting a state order to shut it down, which officials deemed was a “severe”...

DATE: June 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain-barrel law helps educate about water conservation in the West

It’s not rocket-science, and it’s not really all that controversial. But it was illegal in Colorado until last month, and it could have landed violators a $500 fine. The crime: catching rain in a...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Towering wind turbines generate controversy, income in Monticello, Utah

It was nearly two decades in the making, yet took just a couple months to build, forever changing the landscape of the Southeast Utah high desert, and altering the culture of a small rural town....

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango Brewing Co. eyes July 1 reopening

After almost a year closed for renovations, Durango Brewing Co. is eyeing a July 1 opening for its taproom at 3000 Main Avenue. Spokeswoman Andrea Allison said the local microbrewer hired Elwin...

DATE: June 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA’s Gold King point man to retire

Steve Way, the Environmental Protection Agency’s on-scene coordinator for activities around the Gold King Mine, has retired, the federal agency confirmed last week. Way spent 32 years working for...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire south of Durango 100 percent contained

The wildland fire eight miles south of Durango has been 100 percent contained as of Sunday evening, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire Protection District. “We had a very...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Long-term campers in San Juan Mountains spur campground closures

Another cluster of campgrounds in the San Juan National Forest faces a ban on overnight camping because a handful of individuals have taken up residence there and trashed the place. “People are...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

After dam release, river runs through the Lower Dolores

The opening of the lower Dolores River for the first time in five years was a joyous occasion for boaters who could swing the impromptu release. However, it was also a sober realization that...

DATE: June 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Vigil for Orlando victims transcends race, sexual orientation

Tears, heartbroken embraces and the weight of silence pulsated Tuesday night throughout the hundreds of people who gathered in Durango to honor those killed and injured in the Orlando nightclub...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightner Creek mobile home owner reprimanded again

Darlene Mann, owner of Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park, has been issued another state reprimand for not meeting deadlines to fix the park’s leaking sewage pit. In a “compliance advisory” issued May...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News