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

Gold King spill prompts new monitoring systems

New water quality monitoring systems have been installed at three gauges in the Animas River basin in response to the Gold King Mine spill. The new technology was placed at three existing U.S....

DATE: April 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tree planting revives burn area at Vallecito

In the summer of 2002, the Missionary Ridge Fire ripped through the San Juan National Forest, burning almost 73,000 acres. Now, the Columbine Ranger District is repairing the scarred corridor...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Remembering the ‘4/20 Parachute Stoner Dash’

Ah, April 20. The one day of the year when it seems like a good idea to hot box a parachute out on the old college quad. That is, until campus security comes snooping. That’s the situation 20 or so...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman who drove into Animas River identified

The woman who drove into the Animas River and was later arrested on suspicion of drunken driving has been identified as Amber Box, 30, of Ignacio. Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Durango police got a report...

DATE: April 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pastures of James Ranch to remain undeveloped ‘forever’

The James Ranch has become an iconic landmark in Durango, known for its lush pastures and fresh food. And now, the deeply rooted family has taken steps to ensure the bulk of the 420-acre property...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River cleanup hauls 1,286 pounds of trash off banks

Empty bottles of vodka. Crumbled bags of Cheetos. Scatterings of cigarette butts. For some, all remnants of a good – albeit debauched – night. Yet for 50 or so volunteers cleaning the banks of the...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman arrested after sending car into Animas

A woman who drove a truck into the middle of the Animas River early Sunday morning was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Around 2 a.m., Durango police...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A walk outdoors can ease stress of cancer

A new program in Durango offers a chance for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to experience the outdoors through walking and hiking. Blueprints of Hope , a local nonprofit, recently...

DATE: April 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

Western Slope native tells of heroism during Benghazi attack

A Western Slope native turned CIA worker who found himself trapped in an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi while it was under attack by Islamic militants in 2012 said the highly politicized...

DATE: April 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo artists express experience with Gold Mine spill

Navajo artist Venaya Yazzie wrote the Diné expression – Tó éí ííná – beside a photograph of a friend sullenly looking out on the tainted San Juan River in the days after the Gold King Mine spill. ...

DATE: April 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

With retirement, CDOT’s Nancy Shanks is going somewhere

When longtime employees retire, they usually impart words of wisdom or tricks of the trade to their successors. For retiring Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks, she...

DATE: April 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new way to deal with food waste in Durango

A couple that recently moved to Durango didn’t feel right about throwing away their food waste and thought others in the community probably felt the same. So, they started a program to fix that....

DATE: April 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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