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

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

Overdose confirmed in homeless man’s death

The homeless man who was found dead on the banks of the Animas River last month died from an overdose of a cocktail of drugs, a final autopsy report released Monday confirmed. On May 21, the body...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rotary Park candlelight vigil to honor Orlando victims

A candlelight vigil to honor those killed early Sunday morning in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Durango’s Rotary Park. “I just can’t believe it,” said Krisi Dean,...

DATE: June 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chaco Canyon oil and gas lease sale delayed

An oil and gas lease sale near Chaco Canyon was postponed this week for the third time, leaving conservationists and tribal communities on edge over the uncertain future of one of the country’s few...

DATE: June 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton aims to honor town marshal slain in 1880s

If it weren’t for the ink of Silverton’s only newspaper, the tragic story of the small town’s marshal, who was gunned down by an infamous outlaw gang in 1881, would likely fall into the deep annals...

DATE: June 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Navajos’ sovereign status exempt it from fed regs?

As the Navajo Nation prepares to take over its namesake coal operation this winter, an impending lawsuit over the mine’s lease extension will pose an interesting question: Should the sovereign...

DATE: June 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Zika and Durango: Will the virus land here?

Elevation, an arid climate and cool temperatures have warded off mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus to Durango, but for how long is anyone’s guess as the detested insects march north. “I...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Health

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