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

Fawn euthanized after resident brings it to animal shelter

Wildlife officials euthanized a baby deer Saturday after someone who thought it was abandoned put the animal in their car and took it to the Humane Society, effectively signing its “death...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Comments show overwhelming support for Superfund

The public comment period for the proposed Superfund designation north of Silverton closed June 13, and while it has taken a few weeks for responses to filter in, one thing is abundantly clear:...

DATE: July 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildcat Mining Corp. granted another extension

Wildcat Mining Corp.’s “last chance” to begin its quest for gold and silver in La Plata Canyon was extended until Oct. 15 as the operators race to avoid having the company’s permit revoked. In...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem

“I dare you to find a cooler trip,” Doug Ponce, a senior guide with Mountain Waters Rafting, challenged his customers before hitting the revered, if not notorious, rapids of the Upper Animas River....

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Winds heavily damage Weaselskin Farm south of Durango

A massive gust front is the likely culprit for upwards of $100,000 in damages Tuesday at Weaselskin Farm, about eight miles south of Durango on U.S. Highway 550. Mimi Thurston, whose family has...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Taxidermic sheep outside Main Avenue store stolen again

It’s happened, again: The taxidermic sheep outside A Shared Blanket on Main Avenue was stolen for a second time Tuesday. Its whereabouts, and condition, remain unknown. “Can you believe it?” said...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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